12×20 or 12×24 Run-In Shed Q&A

One of our clients, Pam, had a number of questions about our large, portable Run-In Sheds, aka Horse Barns. She had great questions that turned into an educational Q&A, so we thought we’d share that email exchange with you.

Her questions centered on our 12×20 or 12×24 run in shed; these are some of our larger pre-fab run in sheds. This email deals with how these longer run-in sheds are made, and how they are installed.

Horse Barns can be completely enclosed, as well.

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  1. Does this arrive prefab or as a kit that is completed on site? Do your people do the install?
  2. Does a 12×24 run-in shed require a partition? I would prefer it to be open.
  3. How is it attached to the ground? Are posts dug in ground?
  4. What is the exterior made of?
  5. Does it have kick-plates on the 3 sides of the interior? What are they made of?
  6. What are the interior front and back heights?

Dear Pam,

Thank you for let us know your needs and giving us the opportunity to address your questions.

1. Does this run-in shed arrive prefab or as a kit that is completed on site? Do your people do the install?

A regular 12×20 or 12×24 run-in shed will come in one pre-built unit to your site. Our delivery team will set/install the barn either on the ground in your pasture or on your prepared gravel foundation (preferred). Some folks like the option to set the barn on the ground and have the option to drag/move it around to other locations in the field. This can be done if you are careful and have a tractor big enough to pull it. The preferred method is however for you to have a level gravel base for the barn to set on.

These large run-in sheds come fully assembled. This one includes gates, and windows in the back wall.

2. Does a 12×24 run-in shed require a partition? I would prefer it to be open.

A run-in-shed of this size will not need to have a partition wall but will need to have a support beam (6″x6″) that holds the bottom of the walls together. It will be at ground level and the horses will only need to step over it. (Horse barns up to 16′ do not need the 6×6 support beam.)

12×24 Run-In shed with Board & Batten siding. You can see how this shed does not have the partition, but it does have a treated 6×6 support beam on the ground to secure the side walls.

3. How is it attached to the ground? Are posts dug in ground?

The barn will not need to be anchored to the ground because of its weight. If however you would like it to be anchored, we would drive anchor rods into the ground at the four corners and attach a cable from the corner bracket of the barn to the rod. Our delivery team would do this for you.

4. What is the exterior made of?

The exterior of the barn is a vertical pine board and batten. It does come unstained and it does weather very well. If you do want to stain or seal it, we can do that for you. That will help it to hold the color and last longer.

5. Does it have kick-plates on the 3 sides of the interior? What are they made of?

We have 4′ tall tongue and groove pine 2×6 kick board on all the interior parts of the walls.

10x14 Run In Shed - Interior

2×6 tongue-and-groove pine kick boards.

6. What are the interior front and back heights?

The front and back walls are around 7.5 feet tall. The front wall has a structural header over the opening to hold the roof up that does make the opening a bit lower, about 6.5 feet.

Thanks, Pam, for those great questions about 12×20 or 12×24 run in sheds. And as always, let us know how we can help you keep your animals secure and healthy.

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