Barn Design: Shedrows for horses

A shedrow is the next step up in complexity in terms of building construction from a loafing shed. The row of stalls has an aisle in front which can serve a place to groom, trim or saddle up your horse. The long overhang provides additional protection and a cooling aspect, allowing breeze in the open barn format.

It’s better suited to warmer climates, like my own. The difficulty with a shedrow is where do you place it against the northwest wind? If the front, covered aisle is for humans you don’t want that facing north; and if the stalls open to paddocks do you want the ice and snow blowing in through stall doors? The only really solution is to face one end to the NW, and/or put in sliding barn doors on the exterior exits to the paddocks so stalls can be completely shut against winter.

A variety of shedrows can be seen at this website: Billet Barn. These are of pipe and metal, though my choice would be traditional wood construction, finished either with metal sheets or wooden batting.

Esthetically, I find them more pleasing then the loafing shed:

A popular option is to enclose at one end for a tack and feed room:

You might notice something in the top two photos – the different roofline. The roofline in photo 2 is getting higher and both are different then the loafing shed.

What increases the price of a barn dramatically is the span of the truss. The wider the truss has to be, the higher the cost. Trusses are also manufactured in certain widths (usually even) so consult with your contractor or carpenter before choosing a size. Trusses can be pre-manufactured and I’ve found them even on Craigslist! so if you are a DIY, shop about.

* For horses with allergies (COPD) consider a more open barn such as a shedrow or loafing shed.

* Smaller establishments with fewer horses (less then 4) are well suited to a shedrow.

* Climates with harsh winters may want to consider a more protected and sheltered barn then a shedrow.

* Chores, such as delivering feed and hay, water, feeding, cleaning and turnout are a breeze with a shedrow, making it appealing to one-person run barns.

* Because of it’s smaller space and storage, with a limited aisleway, it is not well suited to boarding barn establishments with many boarders. More then two riders would make this type of barn very crowded.

* The Pasture Paradise plan uses a shedrow for the horse barn, with the aisle looking over the groundwork arena. This provides a “view” and something interesting for stabled horses to view during their down time. If your property has a view from the front and the back of the barn, consider a shedrow.

* For the horse owner who lives on their property and wants to see their horses peering out over their stall doors, a shedrow gives that warm-fuzzy feeling 😉

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6 Responses to Barn Design: Shedrows for horses

  1. These are quite functional and attractive structures. How nice to live in a warmer climate. I think that, if the horse is a native type, then he can live at the ambient temperature. However it’s good if he can be kept out of the wind when its cold. In colder places it’s good too if snow doesn’t blow in (having lived in just such a frigid place!)

    • horseideology says:

      Oh Definitely… if I lived in the northern United States I would go wth a full, traditional barn. 🙂

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