I’m moving to southern MO from northern IL.
I’ve lived in northern Illinois so long I can’t imagine a place without snow drifts up to the top of four board fences and we just got done with two days of 40-50 MPH winds. I can’t imagine keeping horses without an excellent run-in and a place for the vet/farrier to get out of the weather. I’m looking for advise.
The farm we purchased in Missouri has no barn or run-in. It does have a little car-port that is barely tall enough and open on all sides. The car-port area is shaded and has safe fencing for horses (previous owner had two).
I will eventually put up a smallish barn with large run-in attached. Prices for materials have gone through the roof. I’m hoping to wait out the COVID price hikes (assuming prices will come down) before trying to build.
Until then, I don’t know what to do about shelter for my two horses and two standard donkeys. Currently they all live out, with good shelter, 24/7. I have four stalls so I can get them in if necessary and the vet and farrier can work out of the weather.
I’ve searched for a portable run-in that could be delivered to the farm but we seem too far away.
Do you think my horses and donkeys can live without real shelter (except tiny carport and trees)?
If I keep them with just the carport would a vet and farrier be able to work on them in crummy weather?
Is it too much of a risk not having a proper area to put up an injured horse?
Will the horses kill the shade trees by compacting the ground (I can fence them off the trunks)?
The sad part: I have a beautiful large run-in on my current farm that I put up just a few years ago. I’m contemplating taking it apart and moving it to Missouri. Has anyone every moved a large run-in?