While horses and other livestock tolerate heat and cold much better than their owners, ideally they should have some form of shelter available when the summer sun gets unbearable or inclement weather blows in. A loafing shed can be an excellent option to protect your animals from rain, sun, snow and wind. Loafing sheds can ease your mind too, since you won’t have to rush home to put your horse in a stall if the weather becomes severe.
Loafing sheds can be built from the same materials used for horse barns, which means you can utilize wood or metal. Remember that livestock will have access to both the interior and exterior of every wall, therefore the building must be sturdy enough to withstand the occasional kick and have no sharp edges on which a horse or cow could cut or scrape itself. Although metal is a less-expensive option to construct a loafing shed, the interior of a metal building should be lined with a wood product to prevent an animal from kicking through the wall and sustaining a serious injury.
In summer, your livestock will look to the loafing shed as an escape from the hot afternoon sun. To increase its effectiveness, construct shed walls using LP® SmartSide® Panels with SilverTech®. These innovative engineered wood panels feature a radiant barrier that helps reduce the sun’s radiant energy to keep your structure cooler. Features of LP SmartSide Panels with SilverTech include:
In addition to cooling a storage shed, LP SmartSide Panels with SilverTech also feature outstanding durability and resist termites and fungal decay. They are also backed by a 5/50-year limited warranty.
For your shed roof, LP also offers LP ProStruct® Roof Sheathing with SilverTech® backed by a 20-year limited warranty.
This summer, keep your horse cooler in the heat with a quality shed built with innovative LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® products. LP shed products make your loafing shed or other outdoor structure a cut above the rest. Find LP products at a shed dealer near you.
*LP® ProStruct® Floor with SmartFinish® is not warranted for garage or barn floor applications.
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