When it came time to create horse shelters, Houzz user and equine health and welfare expert Susan Kauffman didn't want the usual. "We designed and built our own horse shelters; we wanted something more aesthetically pleasing than what one typically sees," she says. "Plus we also wanted them to be very inviting to the horses, as some horses are claustrophobic and won't use a shelter if it isn't designed with their natural way of thinking and reacting in mind."
In her shelters, 5-foot walls promote airflow and allow the horses to see over them. The roofs are composite shingles, which are much quieter than metal in the rain. The floors are rubber mats that are spiked into the ground, so the horses avoid ingesting any sand when eating. "They have been a great success, even with my normally shelterphobic Morgan gelding, Gryphon! They use the shelters for rain protection, shade from the sun, and we feed all their meals in there."