Can anyone advise me as to how difficult and expensive it would be to build
a field shelter for two small ponies, it would not be their permanent home
as they come in to stables at night but it would be handy for them to pop
into during bad weather such as the huge storm we have just had, I might
have to do a fair bit of the work myself so it would not have to be to
Field shelter is one of those sheds minus its front, yes? Piece of cake.
Decide what size you want it, make a frame for the back having the height
and width you want, then two frames for the ends. Cover the frames with
whatever boarding you like, or even corrugated metal. Then fix the three
now-covered frames together and whack a roof on.
I think you need to consider making sure such a structure does not blow away
or blow over. With an open front it would be very prone to this. One way
would be to thump some wooden stakes (as rot-proof as you can afford) into
the ground about three foot deep and tight to the sides. Bolt them onto the
sides at the bottom and saw off the tops.
Great post, just inspired me to build my own house. Scrape out a trench,
stack a few bricks on top of each other, leave a few holes for doors, and to
let some light in, place some sticks on top of the bricks to hold the tiles,
and then throw some tiles on the sticks, I should then be able to complete
the inside tomorrow in the dry ;-)
Does it need a floor? If not then a simple 4"x2" frame clad with somekind of
exterior sheeting or planking is all you need. If the field is away from
power prepare all the timbers at home, even making up complete frames pre
drilled then just bolt them together in the field. It will of course need
staking down securely to stop it blowing away, but a fence post at each
corner driven well into the ground then bolted to the frame would do. If it
is indeed just for two "small" ponies then a single slope "pent" roof would
do, it could be a narrow deep structure with the roof sloping down to little
higher than the ponies head at the back.
Perhaps use some OSB board on the inside to protect the cladding from being
kicked off, even build it on old sleepers, add a towing point and move it
around the field by dragging it with a tractor or 4X4.
Something like this perhaps.
My, albeit, limited experience of horses would lead me to conclude that any
stucture should be sound and well built - these animals kick! My gut
reaction would be to go all out, don't build something that will collapse
after three kicks and a rainy day. If it were me, I'd opt for breeze block
on a solid concrete floor that has a slight slope towards the door for
drainage and then a simple 'shed-like' wood & felt roof.
However, someone did suggest bales of straw and I have seen that used to
great effect and it lasts a long time. I guess you could also say it's more
environmentally acceptable in a field too. Most sheep famers use straw bales
to shelter lambing sheep from the harsh winds of early spring in remote
Ultimately I guess is down to your budget, if you own a horse, you're
probably continuosly skint :-)
I bet the horses can tell. I hope any owner can too...
On the 2x4 someone suggested - horses will scratch themselves on
anything convenient. It needs to be able to survive a horse with an
itchy... ermm... tail. That won't be enough.
This has been a very helpful thread and I thank everyone for their
suggestions and words of wisdom :-) many good ideas, the shelter on wheels
would be one way of avoiding the planners telling me off. Ron is right
saying that most horse owners are skint - but happy - so I have decided that
the best and possibly cheapest solution would be to knock a hole in the back
wall of the stables, they back on to the paddock and then fill the hole with
a door so that the pones could wander in and out whenever they wished and
we would all be happy. thanks again for helping me to make up my mind
Yep watch out for the planners Kate, depends where you are going to
put it, get in touch if you need advice AJ
I will take care but I wouldn't need planning to put a door in an existing
building would I ?
Doubtful for agricultural purposes where the needs and welfare of the
animals are important. That would certainly be the best and cheapest long
term option, you will have to comply with building regs, but that should be
Depends. We had a big "leaky home" problem in the biggest city,
Auckland. It was largely due to inappropriate fashion - Mediterranean
style houses in a rainy warm climate - incompetent architects, cowboy
builders who weren't familiar with the properties of the newer
quick-and-easy building materials, used untreated timber for framing etc
- and slack though expensive inspection by the building authorities.
The knee-jerk response has been an absurd multiplication of rules and
regulations, no increase in independent inspectors to make sure they're
followed, and a system by which tradesmen can go to yet another course
and get a certificate to say that they are allowed to supervise and OK
work by those who don't have that piece of paper.
This of course guarantees that when the home-owner finds that something
has been built poorly he can pursue the builder / plumber etc instead of
the Council having been responsible for signing it off. If he can find
him... if the company is still in existence. If the builder's company
hasn't gone bankrupt or gone out of existence only for another to be
started by the same people, if the tradesman hasn't gone overseas to
retire, address unknown, or died (address ditto!). House-owners were
forbidden to do - oh, heaps of things that competent home handymen have
been doing since whenever-r-r-r-r. A lot of time and money-wasting
silliness without, alas, any meaningful guarantee that when you buy a
house it'll be soundly built of the correct materials for the situation,
Rant over. Serve you right for pushing my indignation button :=)
A L P
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