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Footing In A Lean-to Shelter

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We are putting a lean-to on to the side of our barn for the horses. There is a bit of a slope on one corner. We need to build this up a bit. Plus I want good drainage/easy to clean footing, that is going to stand up to the horses tromping all over it.

Anyone have any links or input on what you put in?

It's not a monster of a slope...but enough that it needs to be leveled off a bit for the building.

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You can kind of tell in this pic...the right corner. But, I still want to scrape away what is there and put in good footing.

Thank you for any input!

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Our shed (completely covered and closed... just a single horse-sized door) is just dirt inside. We spread straw and muck it out as needed. They barely use it in the summer and unless we have close to flooding conditions (like we have at the moment from the unusually heavy snow this winter that melted and now rain on top), it isn't usually wet inside.

We do plan to get some concrete in in the area where the feed troughs are (sloping so it drains), but no time yet.

If we had a better budget and were doing it over, we'd probably put some drainage in. But mostly it works well.

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we built our 3 sided shelter, then we filled the inside with crushed gravel (we used railroad ties at the front to hold in the gravel, so it's essential a step into the shelter) once we had it filled I put mats on top and they have regular pellet bedding, I clean it out each day. it's been working great for my two horses, I have salt inside, but we do not feed inside. they use it quite a bit and it drains well, i'm very happy with it, we originally started with just dirt and mats on top, but it rained so heavy that the water was seeping up from under the ground into the bedding, so we added the gravel to bring the mats up to the level of the railroad ties, and now it stays dry no matter what weather.

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When we had our barn built, the contractor raised it by putting road base and gravel down, then built on top of that. When the barn was complete, he had more road base brought in to form a slope from the barn down to the original grade. There is gravel in the road base, of course, but over time it has packed down fairly well and what tended to be loose on top got cleared away when we'd pick manure (why do horses *have* to poop just outside their stalls? [Crazy] ) What we have now, after just over a year of use, is a nice solid surface that is holding up very well. When it snowed it would get a bit muddy, but was not slippery. Drained well and once the snow melted, the surface dried and hardened up again without needing to be smoothed out.

If you used road base material (not sure what it would be called in your area), it would probably serve well as a flooring in your proposed lean to. You could always put straw or shaving over it, if you wanted something soft for the horses to lay in or to absorb urine if they decide to use it as a latrine. My mare would. LOL

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We have been thinking about putting road base outside our barn where the horses run in and out. Around here they call it birm material, but it is a finely crushed rock with some larger rock pieces in it that dries almost into a softer asphalt to cut down on the mud. Won't wear away quickly either. Sounds like it might be a good idea.... unless you just build up the area with soil, then add gravel and mats- depends on the traffic of that area.

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what also works is the road base and then the mates with the holes in them,they stay put and let water drain w/ out slipping around and there at TSC I think I paid 49$ each for them there the size of a stall mat? and there nice cause you can even leave them open or put dirt and then grass and drive on them. We had them in the whole run, and they don't shift around like the solid ones either. Lucky to have that great slope! good drainage!

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Thank you for all the replies! I like the idea of this road base (birm material). I'm grateful to have the slope, but on the one end it will be quite a gap between the ground and the bottom of the building. I want something that's going to be easy to maintain...as two of my mares like to use shelters as the latrine :rolleye0014:

The railroad ties would be a neat idea...

The addition is going up shortly after Easter...I'll have to update and show what we went with.

Thank you!

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How are you going to add the lean-to on the side of your barn? I am planning on doing exactly what you are doing to include the footing issue. I have gotten a few bids on building it and dang it is expensive. I am wanting it to run the entire length of my barn which is 56' and 16' out. And of course PICTURES when you are done.

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I agree with the crushed rock ideas because you will be dealing with tons of mud otherwise. I've seen some people put rubber mats in the lean-tos but that seems like overkill for a latrine. :winking:

That picture reminds me that I do NOT miss that snow and mud! [ROTFL]

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I'm planning on just putting in crushed stone or pea gravel in mine. Thanks for the RR Tie idea, I think I'll be using that one as well.

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