Building or Renovating a Small Barn for Your Horse

Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-238


By Jackie Clay

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Since 1973, Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.



When it comes to providing adequate shelter for domestic animals, horses are among the easiest you’ll deal with. Contrary to what you might think, horses are sturdy, adaptable creatures, and their housing requirements are very basic: shade, ventilation, protection from the elements, and comfortable, dry footing. Now, this may sound simple, and it can be, but remember that horses are also large, strong, active, and playful. I’ve seen a horse happily and safely housed in a three-sided shed that cost less than $200 to build—and I’ve seen horses sick with respiratory diseases, thrush, navicular disease, lameness, and severe injuries, all of which occurred in shelters that were very expensive and looked picture perfect.

Building a horse barn is quite a project—and there is a vast and varied array of plans and books available to help you. But renovating a shelter to make it fit for just one or two horses, or building a sturdy three-sided shelter, can be quite simple, even if you have only basic carpentry skills. And that’s what I’ll talk about here.

The Fundamentals of Building for Horses

The fundamentals of proper construction for horse housing are:

Tips and Techniques for Remodeling

Often the best and most obvious choice for horse housing is simply to modify an existing structure. Unused older cow barns, chicken coops, wooden sheds, and garages can often easily and economically be remodeled to suit a horse. And you don’t have to be a professional contractor to build good, solid housing for your horse. Remember, horses can live well in structures as simple as lean-tos and three-sided run-in sheds.


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Jan 12, 1999
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