Portable Buildings of Alberta

Horse Shelters - Portable Barn and Storage

Ensuring the well-being of your horses is key to the success of any equine or livestock operation. Providing shelters to guard against harsh weather is vital.

Portable Buildings Alberta offers a range of horse shelters and run-in sheds designed for effective protection and shade. These shelters are suitable not just for horses, but also for animal livestock like goats, pigs, llamas, and donkeys.

Choosing the right run-in shed or portable shelter depends on your needs and budget. These cost-effective structures are a smart alternative to traditional barns, offering durability and flexibility. Their portable nature allows for easy relocation, enhancing the comfort of your horses and the functionality of your property.

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Prebuilt and Delivered

Our custom horse shelters are crafted with precision and care to match your specific design preferences. Once you’ve created your ideal horse shelter using our intuitive design tools, we prebuild it to your exact specifications, ensuring every detail is as you envisioned. When it’s ready, we deliver it directly to your location, providing a seamless and hassle-free experience from design to installation.

Our horse shelters feature a 4×6-inch pressure-treated base, ensuring they can be easily delivered by our team and remain durable against ground moisture. Depending on the shelter size, you have the option to include stalls, partitions, or a tack room. Plus, rest assured, all our horse shelters are ENGINEER CERTIFIED for quality and safety!

We offer more than just horse shelters, we also specialize in garages, cabins, garden sheds, utility sheds, she sheds, offices, workshops, wood sheds, and more!

Contact us for more information and to get a quote on the kind of shed you require.


Horse Shelter Package Includes

Dive into our selection of horse shelter packages, where each structure is engineer certified, combining quality, safety, and functionality. Our range includes various horse shelter sizes, from a convenient 8’x 14′ to a spacious 14’x40′, designed to cater to all your shelter needs. Focused on durability and practicality, our horse shelters are ideal for improving the functionality of any outdoor equestrian area.

Explore the options to find the ideal horse shelter that aligns with your requirements
  • 6’3″ Standard Inside Wall Height {May Upgrade to up to 8′}
  • Single Barn Door {Double Barn Door on 10′ Wide and Over}
  • 16″ on Centre Pressure Treated Floor Joists
  • 2×4 Pressure Treated Floor Joists Standard {2×6 Pressure Treated Floor Joists Standard on 14′-16′ Wide}
  • 5/8″ Engineered Tongue and Groove, Engineered Panels {May Upgrade to 3/4″}
  • LP Smart Board Siding {with 50 Year Limited Warranty}
  • 13 Standard {Plus 5 Urethane Upgrade} Colour Options
  • 5/8” T1-11 Pressure Treated Siding Option {Limited Lifetime Warranty}
  • 5/12 Pitch Gable-Style Roof
  • Choice of Metal Roofing {With 30 Year Limited Warranty} 6 Standard {Plus 12 Upgrade} Colour Options
  • Choice of Shingle Roofing {With 30 Year Limited Warranty} 4 Colour Options

Customer Benefits

  • Engineered Alberta Approved Construction
  • Optimize Wall Space for Storage Without Incurring Additional Costs
  • Every Horse Shelter Delivered Fully Prepared for Immediate Use
  • 50 Year Maintenance Free Siding
  • 30 Year Metal or Shingle Roofing
  • Specially Designed Flooring
  • Custom Colour Match Available {Match Your horse shelter to Your Home/Yard Design}
  • Custom Add on options {Doors, Windows, Tack Room, Workbenches, Shelving, etc}
  • Deliver Throughout Alberta, Eastern BC, and Western SK – the first 70km from our Nearest Dealership Yard is FREE {please contact us for our dealership locations}

Construction Details

Below are the details of our portable Horse Shelter Package, featuring only the finest quality materials sourced from Old Hickory Buildings of Canada.

Horse Shed Framing:  Engineered 2×4 studs are spaced every 16″ on centre.  We double the wall studs wherever our siding has a seam so that both sections of siding will have a full stud width to be fastened to.  Exterior walls are sheeted with Premium LP Smart Panel Siding, then painted with high quality paint designed especially for the outdoor shed industry.
Horse Shed Roofing:  Trusses are spaced ever 24″.  The roof  is then sheeted with OSB roof sheeting and then sheeted with 30-year 29 gauge high quality metal roofing or residential grade architectural shingles.

Horse Shed Flooring:  4×6 pressure through treated skids that are notched at 16″ on centre to ensure consistent floor joist spacing. Recessing and toenailing the joists in the notches lock them in place ensuring the shed can be loaded, unloaded, and moved repeatedly without any warping of the floor system.

We use  2×4 pressure treated floor joists {2×6 on 14′ wide and over}.  The floor is then sheeted with 5/8″ {may upgrade to 3/4″} tongue and groove, engineered panels, which provide exceptional strength and stiffness for a flatter, more stable floor.  Advanced resins are moisture resistant.

Portable Buildings of Alberta - Horse Shelter

Want to Custom Design Your Horse Shelter?

Experience the creativity and precision with Old Hickory’s 3D Shed Builder. It puts the design process in your hands, enabling you to create the horse shelter of your dreams.

Unlike other brands that rely on generic third-party configurators, their tool ensures that the shed you design is the one we meticulously build and deliver, giving you confidence in the accuracy and quality of the final product. All of our materials are sourced directly through Old Hickory Buildings.

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Horse Shelter FAQ'S

How Do I Choose the Right Horse Shelter?

How Do I Choose The Right Horse Shelter?

Choosing the appropriate equine shelters for your farm relies on your budget and overall requirements. Regardless of the horse run-in shed or shelter you choose, it can save you time and money compared to a traditional barn.

Both run-in sheds and portable shelters are excellent structures for safeguarding horses from the weather. While horses need protection from extreme temperatures, they also like a spot to call home to remain content and relaxed.

A portable horse shelter provides quick and cost-effective coverage while also offering the freedom to come and go. Our portable shelters also come with storage built in so you can keep feed, tack or other supplies close at hand.

If you are considering whether to choose between a portable horse shelter for horses and a conventional barn stall, Portable Buildings of Alberta, horse shelter options are a more suitable option for several reasons, including:

  1. Affordability: A horse shelter is considerably more affordable than a traditional barn. When you prioritize budget, yet still require a sturdy and reliable livestock shelter, our horse shelters offer an excellent alternative that is budget-friendly.
  2. Ease of assembly: Our horse shelters are pre-builts and can be moved easily and quickly, in contrast to constructing an entire barn with stalls. When you require immediate shelter for your horses with the option of portability, these are an ideal solution for your property.
  3. Enhanced ventilation: Horses must reside in an area with ample ventilation. Stuffy barns can result in various health issues that won’t arise when using an equine shelter from Portable Buildings Alberta
  4. Premium Build Quality:  Our buildings are built with strict attention to quality materials and quality build practises.
  5. Size and Capacity: Ensure that the shelter you choose is spacious enough to accommodate all your horses comfortably. It should provide ample room for them to move, lie down, and seek protection from the elements. Consider the height, width, and length of the shelter to ensure it meets your horse’s size requirements.
  6. Location and Orientation: Select a suitable location for the horse shelter that provides easy access for the horses and convenient maintenance for you. Ensure proper drainage to avoid water accumulation inside the shelter. Additionally, consider the orientation of the shelter to maximize natural light and provide protection from prevailing winds.

Why Equine Shelters are Necessary for Horse Health?

Why Equine Shelters are Necessary for Horse Health?

Horse shelters play a crucial role in maintaining the health and well-being of horses. Here are some reasons why equine shelters are necessary for horse health:

  1. Protection from the Elements: Equine shelters provide horses with a safe space to seek protection from the blazing sun and extreme cold weather conditions. They offer shelter from rain, snow, wind, and excessive sunlight, minimizing the risk of weather-related health issues such as hypothermia, heat stress, or sunburn.
  2. Regulation of Temperature: Properly designed shelters help regulate temperature fluctuations, providing horses with a more comfortable environment. They offer shade during hot summer months and can be insulated to retain warmth during cold winters, helping horses maintain their body temperature within a safe and healthy range.
  3. Preventing Respiratory Issues: Adequate shelter can help reduce exposure to dust, pollen, and other airborne irritants that can trigger respiratory problems in horses. By providing a clean and well-ventilated environment, shelters help minimize the risk of respiratory ailments, such as allergies or respiratory infections.
  4. Reducing Parasite Infestation: Horse shelters offer a controlled environment that can help minimize the exposure of horses to external parasites, such as flies and mosquitoes. Properly constructed shelters can be equipped with screens, fans, or other preventive measures to reduce the presence of pests, which can carry diseases or cause discomfort.
  5. Rest and Recovery: Horses require regular periods of rest and recovery to maintain their overall health and well-being. Equine shelters provide a designated space for horses to rest, sleep, and recuperate without disturbances. A comfortable and stress-free environment promotes proper rest, which is essential for maintaining their physical and mental health.
  6. Safe Handling and Care: Horse shelters provide a secure and controlled environment for handling and caring for horses. They offer a space for routine activities such as grooming, veterinary care, hoof care, and administering medications. This reduces the risk of accidents, injuries, and stress associated with performing these tasks outdoors or in less controlled environments.
  7. Social Interaction: Horse shelters can facilitate social interaction among horses. They offer a common space where horses can interact, form social bonds, and engage in natural herd behaviours. Social interaction is crucial for the mental well-being of horses, promoting emotional stability and reducing stress.
  8. Storage and Organization: Horse shelters often have dedicated storage areas for hay, feed, and equipment. Proper storage and organization help maintain the quality of feed, reduce the risk of feed contamination, and ensure that horses receive proper nutrition.

Horse shelters provide horses with a safe, comfortable, and controlled environment, contributing to their overall health and well-being. They protect horses from the elements, reduce the risk of health issues, and support their natural behaviours. Proper sheltering is an essential aspect of responsible horse care.

What Kind of Shelter do I Need for a Horse?

What Kind of Shelter do I Need for a Horse?

If you are from Alberta you know that we get every kind of weather…we get it all, and we can get it all on the same day.

We get high heat in the summer, sometimes above 30 degrees celsius, and we get extreme cold in the winter sometimes negative 40 and then the wind chill can be even worse.  We get long hours of sun and long hours of wind.  We also get rain, snow and hail.

A horse needs to be protected from all these things, especially if they don’t have trees to hide in.

You will need a shelter that can protect your horse from the elements, such as the blazing sun and extreme cold, rain, or snow.

There are different types of shelters available for horses, such as run in shelters corral shelters and row barns.

Portable horse shelters can provide quick and affordable cover and give horses the freedom to come and go.  They also have a roof and walls which help the horses get out of the wind and under cover from hail and rain and sun.

How Do you Maintain a Horse Shed?

How Do you Maintain a Horse Shed?

Here are some tips on helping with the maintenance and up keep of your horse shelter. Maintaining a horse shed is important to ensure that it remains safe and functional for your horse. Here are some tips for maintaining your horse shed:

  1. Regular cleaning: It is essential to clean your horse shed regularly, especially if your horse spends a lot of time in it. Remove manure, soiled bedding, and any debris from the shed to prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria and insects.
  2. Proper ventilation: Good ventilation is necessary to prevent the buildup of ammonia and moisture in the horse shed. Make sure that windows and vents are unobstructed, and that the airflow is adequate.
  3. Check for damage: Inspect the shed regularly for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Repair any damage immediately to prevent further deterioration and to keep your horse safe.  Make sure you look for places where the horses may chew on the wood and if any nails are protruding.
  4. Pest control: Keep your shed free from pests, such as rodents, flies, and other insects. Use safe and effective pest control methods, such as traps, repellents, or insecticides.
  5. Roof maintenance: Ensure that the roof of the shed is in good condition and that there are no leaks or holes. Repair any damage to the roof immediately to prevent water from seeping in and causing further damage.

By following these tips, you can maintain your horse shed and ensure that it provides a safe and comfortable environment for your horse.

How Big Does a Horse Shelter Need to be?

How Big Does a Horse Shelter Need to be?

A horse shelter should allow for at least 12 square feet of space per horse.

Usually, most multi-horse horse shelters are 10 feet high at the opening, and 8-9 feet high at the back.  This allows the roof to slope.

The width varies based on how many horses you will have in the field, but normal widths are 10 feet, 16 feet, 20 feet and 24 feet.

Do Horses Require a Barn?

Do Horses Require a Barn?

As long as you have a shelter solution that allows horses to shade in times of extreme weather, a barn is not necessary.

What are Portable Horse Stalls?

What are Portable Horse Stalls?

Portable horse stalls are movable, temporary enclosures designed to house horses. These are often used at horse shows, events, rodeos, or temporary facilities. They can also be a solution for people who need to set up temporary boarding situations or if they move their horses frequently and want to provide consistent, familiar housing for them.

When selecting a portable stall, it’s crucial to consider the safety features, the quality of materials, ease of assembly, and the needs of the horse. A horse should be able to lie down, turn around, and move comfortably within the stall. Proper ventilation and protection from weather elements are also critical.

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