Caring for Winter Horses

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When the temperatures start to dip, it’s time to begin to think about how to keep your horses safe during cold weather. Aside from making sure their water doesn’t freeze over, and perhaps even blanketing them, providing a shelter from the weather is a great way to ensure their health and well-being. Here are some cost effective and easy-to-assemble shelters for your winter horses.

Run-In Sheds for Winter Horses

Research from the University of Minnesota shows winter horses become more temperature tolerant when offered a shelter. In fact, if they have access to shelter, they can withstand temperatures well below zero.

You want to find a shelter that keeps your winter horses safe from the winter weather. But you also don’t want to confine them too much. That is why run-in sheds are a fantastic choice.

The Run-In Shed-in-a-Box is a convenient option that will give your horses adequate shelter. It also has protective boots at every corner to keep your horses from getting hurt. This choice is ready to build right out of the box, too! You can even use it for storing other farm equipment in a pinch. This option also includes:

  • Patented ShelterLock Steel Stabilizers at every rib for a sturdy frame
  • High quality powder coated steel frame resistant to corrosion and rust
  • Sturdy ripstop UV treated cover

This Run-In-Shed from ShelterLogic is another great choice that will give your animals an added layer of protection from chillier weather. The high-grade steel frame is powder-coated and chip resistant. The 3-layer polyethylene cover is UV-treated, and specifically designed for equine and livestock. Fabric corner boots are included to protect your animals from ratchets and tie-downs. This option also has:

  • Professional grade all steel frame
  • White interior lining for enhanced illumination
  • Ratchet Tite tensioning for quick cover installation

Pro Tip: For information on how these run-in shelters can help horses during the summer months as well, read our past blog on the topic.

The Corral Shelter: Portable and Functional Protection for Winter Horses

If you’re looking for a shelter that is a bit more versatile, you may want to consider the Corral Shelter. Our Corral Shelter unit is a portable frame and cover with a universal attachment. Simply attache the unit to corral gates and create a shelter for horses and any livestock virtually anywhere in your field. It is an excellent alternative to other units and offers shade and protection for animals when and where they need it most. A few things that make the Corral Shelter stand apart include:

  • Upgradeable cover options
  • Choice of powder coated frame or galvanized steel frame
  • Wrap-around cover option available (sold separately)

Storing Feed in the Winter

When it comes to keeping your horse healthy in the winter months, keeping their feed in a safe spot is important, too. The Horse suggests keeping hay and grain sheltered from the winter weather to prevent mold or combustion.

While this AG Series Storage Shelter could certainly house your horses, it serves as the perfect bulk storage solution. This durable and sturdy shelter is waterproof, UV treated, and even treated with anti-fungal agents. While it provides spacious shelter, it is still simple to set up thanks to slip fit connectors and Ratchet Tite tensioning for quick cover installation. This shelter also includes:

  • All steel frame with powder-coated finish
  • Easy Slide Cross Rail system for continuous frame to fabric fit
  • Ripstop fabric cover with added fade blockers


Keeping your winter horses safe from tough weather is as simple as making sure they have adequate shelter. With these run-in shelters and sheds, you can rest easy knowing your horses are comfortable and healthy, even in the winter.


  • I thought it was interesting when you mentioned that winter horses became more temperature tolerant when they had a shelter. I’ve been looking for ways to give my horses some comfortability in the rain or snow. I’d love to try a horse shelter and see how it helps my horses.

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