Horse Lean-To's: In-Depth Cost & Breakdown
September 8, 2022 Shed Tips
If you’re looking to buy a horse shelter on a tight budget, a horse lean-to is a great option. While not extravagant, it is also not a simplistic run-in. A horse lean-to is a great fit for a horse shelter that keeps your horses protected from the elements, but at the same time does not break the bank with extravagant horse stalls, a center aisle, etc. Let’s start by introducing the basics of a lean-to horse barn.
What is a Lean-To for Horses?
In simplest terms, a lean-to for horses is basically a run-in shed + a large overhang. A lean-to for horses is typically 4-sided (just like a shed row barn) with a long overhang, typically supported by wooden posts. The overhang’s purpose is primarily to protect your horses from the elements, such as rain, snow, etc.
There is a bit of unclarity between lean-to horse barns and shed row barns. To further distinguish what a lean-to for horses is, we’ll show the differences between 3 common (and similar) types of horse barns: shed row barns, horse lean-to’s, and run-in sheds.
|Type of Horse Barn||Distinguishing Features||Price|
|Lean-To Shed||Offers best protection (of 3 choices listed); large overhang||$$$|
|Shed Row Barn||No extensive overhang; takes up less space than a horse lean-to; easy transport; easy oversight||$$|
|Run-In Shed||Best ventilation (3-sided structure); easy to manage; gives horses independence to walk in and out of stall||$|
How Does the Cost of a Horse Lean-To Compare to Other Horse Barn Styles?
To best analyze this question, we’ll show you where the horse barn lean-to’s compare to 5 other styles of horse barns that we offer here at Fisher Barns.
|Horse Barn Style||Features||Cost|
|Monitor Horse Barn||Most popular Fisher Barn horse barn, includes second-story loft, 2 sliding doors, full second-story loft||$$$$$|
|Trailside Horse Barn||Smallest center aisle horse barn, single-story||$$$$|
|Lean-To Horse Barn||Large overhang (choose overhang length), Pine board & batten siding, ||$$$|
|Shed Row Horse Barn||Cheapest enclosed Fisher Barn horse barn, available with tack room||$$|
|Run-In Horse Barn||Cheapest Fisher Barn option, large open front||$|
What is the Cost of a Horse Lean-To?
The cost of a horse lean-to will vary depending on custom options and size. Here’s a list of some of the main custom options and sizes that would affect the cost of a horse lean-to.
|Main Custom Options||Custom Option Prices (scale of 1-5 “$” signs)|
|Sealed Architectural Print||$$$$$|
|Add. Leans (with or w/o gable ends)||$$$$$|
|Concrete Pillar Anchoring Hardware||$$$$|
|Felt paper underlayment||$$$$|
|Hurricane rafter ties||$$$|
|Simple Shed Print||$$|
Fisher Barns offers horse lean-to’s in these sizes.
|Fisher Barn’s Main Horse Lean-To Sizes|
|(16’ or 20’ or 24’ W) x 24’ L|
|(16’ or 20’ or 24’ W) x 28’ L|
|(16’ or 20’ or 24’ W) x 32’ L|
|(16’ or 20’ or 24’ W) x 36’ L|
|(16’ or 20’ or 24’ W) x 40’ L|
|(16’ or 20’ or 24’ W) x 44’ L|
|(16’ or 20’ or 24’ W) x 48’ L|
|(16’ or 20’ or 24’ W) x 52’ L|
|(16’ or 20’ or 24’ W) x 56’ L|
|(16’ or 20’ or 24’ W) x 60’ L|
We hope you now understand what a lean-to for horses is. With that in mind, let’s continue on to the dimensions of a horse lean-to.
Keep in mind that you’ll also need to invest in a quality foundation for your horse barn.
At Fisher Barns, we do require a concrete pier foundation to be built before we install a lean-to horse barn. Foundation piers will cost an additional $2,000-$3,000 to your horse barn project, depending on the horse barn size and location.
What are some Standard Features of a Horse Lean-To?
Because we can’t speak for other companies and what features they offer for their lean-to horse barns, we’ll list for you our horse lean-to standard features:
- White Pine Board & Batten Siding (Paint Optional)
- Lifetime Architectural Shingles
- Oak Kickboard 4′ High
- Powder Coated Steel grills on Partitions
- 1 Door & 1 Window per Stall
- Available in sizes from 10×12 to 12×48.
Photo Credit: KT Custom Barns
How Tall is a Lean-To for Horses?
A lean-to for horses is about 8 ft. tall at the back and slopes up to around 10-12 feet at the front. A horse lean-to should typically be several feet taller towards the front to keep your horse from rearing and hitting his head on the ceiling.
At Fisher Barns, our lean-to sheds for horses range between 8’-10’ tall at the eave, meaning the back of the horse lean-to’s start at 8’-10’ tall and slope up so that the front is generally several feet higher than the back.
Bottom line is that your horse lean-to should never drop anywhere less than 8 ft. It’s actually better to set the bar even higher and choose at least a 10’ stall height. Ideally, the taller and more spacious your lean-to horse barn is, the better. Here are 2 reasons why a taller lean-to horse barn is better than a lower one:
1. Air Space
The lower the roof, the less air circulation will be in the stall. A healthy respiratory system is critical to a horse’s well-being. Therefore, a higher ceiling height provides better air circulation and ventilation.
2. Head Safety
Sudden noise, patting your horse, hand or bucket-feeding–these are all triggers that could spook your horse. If a horse becomes spooked in his stall, a common reaction is rearing up on its hindlegs. This is especially dangerous if you have a low ceiling height because your horse could easily injure his head on the ceiling. Therefore, keeping a higher ceiling height also keeps your horse farther from injury.
How Do You Build A Horse Lean-To?
If you’re a DIY’er and enjoy the challenge of a new build, a horse lean-to is a great project that would save you from having to pay a contractor to build the structure.
Here’s a great video that further explains how to build a horse lean-to.
How Big of a Lean-To Horse Barn Do I Need for 2 Horses?
A space of 10’x10’ or 12’x12’ is a good and safe stall size per horse. So for 2 horses, you would need a lean-to horse barn that is at least 12’ wide by 24’ deep.
Like we said, figure on just adding 12’ per horse. Here’s a list to quickly analyze how big of a horse lean-to you’ll need for the number of horses that you have, based on a space of 12’ wide by 12’ deep per horse.
|Number of Horses||Horse Lean-To Dimensions (12’x12’ per horse)|
|2||12’x24’ + 1 Extra Window & Stall Door|
|3||12’x36’ + 2 Extra Windows & Stall Doors|
|4||12’x48’ + 3 Extra Windows & Stall Doors|
|5||12×60’ + 4 Extra Windows & Stall Doors|
What a Horse Barn Lean-To Looks Like
They say, “A picture is worth a thousand words” so here is an example of what a lean-to horse shelter looks like from Fisher Barns.
To get a better understanding of what a lean-to shed for horses consists of, we’ve put together a list of the structural details of the lean-to horse barn featured above.
|Structural Details||Structural Details (Continuation)|
|Style: Lean-To||Trusses: Standard Truss|
|Base Size: 24‘x24′||Leg Height: 8′|
|Architectural Shingles: Charcoal||Siding: Board & Batten|
|Trim: Black||4’x7’ Dutch Door (Qty. 2)|
|Siding: Mahogany (Stain)||28”x24” Single Hung Window (Qty: 2)|
|Door: Navajo White||Cupola: 24”x24” Cupola|
|Window Frame: White||Roof: Black|
|Frame Spacing: 12′ Max Spacing||Roof Style: Architectural Shingles|
|Roof Overhang: 10″ Overhang (all sides)||Roof Pitch: 3 / 12|
We’re not trying to force you to buy our products, but we thought this breakdown would be helpful in understanding and visualizing what a quality lean-to horse shelter looks like, including the specs and details.
Here are two takeaways from the question, “How big of a lean-to horse barn do I need for 2 horses.”
- To be safe, figure 12’x12’ of space per horse.
- Add 12’ of length to your horse lean-to drawings, per additional horse.
How Deep Should A Horse Lean-To Be?
A horse lean-to should be at least 12’ deep in order to give your horse enough of space to move around freely. We’ve got more on the proper dimensions of a horse barn lean-to above.
Why Is A Lean-To Shed Beneficial?
A lean-to shed is beneficial because it is affordable, simulates an actual horse barn, and gives your horse(s) protection against the elements (unlike run-in or shed row barns).
A lean-to shed is especially beneficial due to its affordability. When compared to Trailside or Monitor horse barns, a lean-to shed is only a fraction of the cost.
Simulates Horse Barn
A lean-to shed is also beneficial because it simulates an actual horse barn. While an actual horse barn might be decked with a center aisle and stalls on each side, a lean-to shed for horses has one side of stalls and an overhang to cover the “center” aisle.
Protection Against Elements
Another reason why lean-to horse barns are beneficial is that they offer sufficient protection from the elements. We’ve talked about this already, but let me remind you that a lean-to shed supplies an overhang that covers the walkway adjacent to the stall fronts. This allows you to feed, visit, and talk with your horses in peace, even on a rainy day.
We Offer Horse Lean-To’s
We are happy to say that we offer horse lean-to’s. Here’s an overview of the specs and details of our horse lean-to shelters. Keep in mind that you can always design your own lean-to for horses in our 3D Horse Barn Designer…for free!
First off, here are the general specs and details.
|General Specs||Standard Features|
|Min. size = 16×24||White Pine Board & Batten Siding (Paint Optional)|
|Eave height = 8’||Lifetime Architectural Shingles|
|10” inch overhang||Oak Kickboard 4′ High|
|Roof pitch: 3/12||Powder Coated Steel grills on Partitions|
|Standard Truss||1 Door & 1 Window per Stall|
|12’ Max Spacing||Available in sizes from 10×12 to 12×48|
Here are the structural details for a Fisher Barn horse lean-to.
|Structural Details:||Structural Details:|
|Style: Lean-To||Left Side: Fully Enclosed – Siding: Vertical Board & Batten|
|Base Size: 24‘x24′||Right Side: Fully Enclosed – Siding: Vertical Board & Batten|
|Architectural Shingles: Charcoal||Front End: Fully Enclosed – Siding: Vertical Board & Batten|
|Trim: Black||Back End: Fully Enclosed – Siding: Vertical Board & Batten|
|Siding: Mahogany (Stain)||Back Porch Gable Wall Details: Fully Enclosed – Siding: Vertical Board & Batten|
|Door: Navajo White||Front Porch Gable Wall Details: Fully Enclosed – Siding: Vertical Board & Batten|
|Window Frame: White||4′ x 7′ Dutch Door|
|Roof: Black||3′ x 7′ Shed Door|
|Frame Spacing: 12′ Max Spacing||28″ x 24″ Single Hung Window (Qty. 2)|
|Roof Style: Architectural Shingles||Cupola: 24″ x 24″ Cupola|
|Roof Pitch: 3 / 12||Roof Overhang: 10″ Overhang (all sides)|
|Trusses: Standard Truss||Leg Height: 8′|
We do require a concrete pier foundation to be built before we install a lean-to horse barn.
Well, that’s a lot of info on horse-lean to’s! We hope you learned more about the cost, size, benefits (and more!) of lean-to’s for horses. As we mentioned earlier, we’ve got a 3D Horse Barn Builder where you can make free horse barn designs…and save them for free!
Or, you could request a quote on a horse lean-to, and we’ll get back to you ASAP! And if you want a broad overview of our best horse barn styles, read our guide. Thanks for joining!