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    Loafing shed time

    Well, the time has come for my horses to get a loafing shed. After looking at all the various options, I decided to just build it myself. I ordered the materials kit from Sutherland's yesterday. For those of you who don't have a Sutherland's store around, boy are you missing out. It's like a Home Depot and Tractor Supply all rolled into one store, but with a whole lot more hunting stuff. They don't sell guns, but had everything else related to hunting, including gun safes and a massive ammo counter.

    They sell material kits for everything from a little garden shed up to massive pole barns. The 13x36 loafing shed kit is a standard item, but they reworked it and got it down to 24'. The gentleman warned me that the blueprints would be a little off, because they were for a 36' version and I would have to modify the pole spacing. No big deal though.

    The kit was ordered yesterday, and they said all we were waiting on would be the metal which is due in early next week. Since my tractor, trailer, and practically all my other equipment is over 1,000 miles away still I plan on having them deliver it, hopefully late next week or next weekend. In the mean time I'm working through the prints to figure out the pole spacing, then I get to go lay it all out with string and start digging post holes. Did I mention the tractor is 1,000 miles away? 4' deep holes, 12" in diameter. I'm glad it's been raining here for the last week or so, at least the ground isn't as rock hard as usual this time of year.
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    Loafing Shed. Don't forget the pics, during & after.
    Do they make Slacking Sheds. If so, I know of one guy who may want one.

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    Reminds me of when I built my pole barn some 25 years ago. I wanted a 24' x 36' and found a store with a kit for that size but I didn't like the metal they used so looked elsewhere. Found one I liked but the closest size they had was 24' x 39'. But due to where I wanted to put it I just couldn't fit in the 39' length. Also of course it cost more.

    So I talked to the guy about it and he said he would work it out so that his price would be the same per square foot as the other, so I could buy his kit and cut it down to the size I wanted and then bring back the material I didn't use for a refund, and would come out with the same price as the other building.

    Sounded good so that's what I did, only thing was the kit came with 14' lumber for 13' stalls, I had to cut the lumber down for my 12' stalls, so I wound up with no lumber that could be returned.

    So it cost me more than the first kit but it was better material so I can't complain, it has been a good one, still have it.
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    We always called them run in sheds, loafing shed is sort of a new term for me as well. Guess I could call it the Gizmo shed. The last one I built didn't come in kit form, I just drew up a material list and bought it. The "kit" is the exact same price as just buying the materials in non kit form, and it comes with drawings. Saves me a little work doing that stuff, and it's all designed for this area and the wind/ snow loads.

    Right now the only pictures could be "before" photos, but as it takes shape I'll try and snap a few. I'm hoping to have the material sometime close to the 21st, so we have some time left to go.
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    Mine was called a pole barn at the time by the seller, some people called them loafing sheds. It was open on one side. I wasn't using it for livestock but for equipment storage, the first time it came a big rainstorm it blew water in all the way across it and everything inside got soaked. So I wound up building doors for it making it totally enclosed.
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    I think of a loafing shed as smaller than a pole barn.

    Welcome to being farther west, 56Ford!! I think you will find a lot of differences in terminology, as you go along. Do they have stock tanks in WY, or just ponds?
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    Quote Originally Posted by farmgirl19 View Post
    I think of a loafing shed as smaller than a pole barn.

    Welcome to being farther west, 56Ford!! I think you will find a lot of differences in terminology, as you go along. Do they have stock tanks in WY, or just ponds?
    Lots of things are different here. Haven't asked about tanks and ponds, but tire tanks are popular. Since coal mining is such a huge industry here, there are a few places that buy the worn out mining tires (about 8' tall and 3' wide). They cut one sidewall off, then sell them as water tanks. They sell the cut off sidewalls as fence material. Dig a trench, set the sidewalls in it and overlap them, and it actually works pretty well for corrals. The other half that is used as a tank is laid down flat, then a layer of concrete put in the bottom. Pretty popular out here for livestock.
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    I was looking for the dirt mounds from digging the post holes, but I couldn't see any. at least the horses has a shelter-huh! big jim

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    Are you just going to hobble them and let them free range
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