How to Build a Cheap Horse Shelter

An old loafing shed

Owning horses can be a wonderful experience. Their beauty, grace and strength have appealed to humans for thousands of years. It is a misconception that you must be rich to own a horse. While it can be costly, there are many ways you can save money on simple things when you are caring for your equine friends.

How to build a cheap horse shelter

Step 1

Measure your shelter and stake the corners. The minimum size of the shelter should be 12 feet deep by 2 feet wide by 10 feet tall.

Step 2

Dig holes for your 4x4s to a depth of at least 36 inches and set the posts in concrete. Allow the concrete to set for at least 72 hours.

Step 3

Nail your plywood to the 4x4 posts. Make sure you use heavy duty, treated plywood. Place the plywood at least six inches above the ground to keep the wood from sitting in any water that might gather.

Step 4

Attach your 2x4s to the corner posts to form a simple base for your roof pieces. Make sure the boards are securely nailed to the top of the posts.

Step 5

Lay your siding pieces in an overlapping fashion to create a roof. Nail the pieces into the boards at each side of the shelter, and use roofing nails to secure the siding pieces to each other. When complete, you should have a three sided shelter with a roof that will shed water.


Make sure to place your shelter in the driest part of your property. Avoiding flooding is key.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 4x4s

  • Post hole-digger

  • Cement

  • Plywood

  • Nails

  • Hammer

  • Siding

  • Measuring Tape

  • Stakes

  • Roofing Nails

  • 2 2-by-4s


Make sure that any siding you use is out of reach of the horses, as the edges are sharp and can cut a horse severely.