The Shady Shelter arrives in two packages, each of which is easy to carry and manage by two people. Total combined weight is 80 lbs. Initial setup takes approximately 30 minutes. The frames “hang” on the top rail of the corral section, and the lower “slider” grips slide up to lock in the frames to the underside of the lower corral rails. An electric drill is required to drill TWO small holes and to easily install the heavy duty steel screws that hold the Shelter together. It is NOT NECESSARY OR REQUIRED to drill into or modify portable corral panels or wooden fencing in order to install the Shady Shelter.
Once assembled, two people can easily install the Shelter onto a corral section, or carry to another location. It can also easily be taken apart and transported to your ‘campsite’.
First remove the tarp, loosen the turn buckles, and remove the wire rope cross pieces. Then the entire frame work will simply pull apart into two end frames and the round tubing cross pieces. To remove the Shady Shelter from the corral section, all you need to do is release the two high strength screws from the lower sliders, drop them free of the corral rail, and gently lower the entire Shelter to the ground.
Securing a the tarp to the Shady Shelter - The ball-end bungee cords that we
provide are easy to apply and provide some stretch between the tarp and the
frame, and if one should fail, the others are not affected. The tarp and the
bungee cords are more prone to failure during high winds, and especially after
prolonged exposure to the sun, wind, rain, snow, etc. The tarps we use
are super heavy duty, excellent quality and fit snuggly to the frame.
The bungees are also top quality. Note: it is very important that the bungees
are used to secure the tarp to the frame. Do not use rope or twine.
Extra tarps and bungees can be purchased from us, or from local hardware or
ranch supply stores, although we have not found the same fit or quality at
any local suppliers.
Shady Shelter Horse Sense
It seems strange to say this, but only 100 years ago, horses provided almost all the power to move freight and people around in cities and to and from the farms of our country. Up until the early 1900’s most small farms in America still relied on real horse power to do the plowing, harvesting, and transportation of their farm produce to towns where railroads took it all to the “big city”. But many of the customs and sayings that we still hear today came from the times when horses and mules were the main power in our country. Sayings like “That fellow has no Horse Sense!” This means, according to MY grandfather, that the person has no common sense, or lacks the ability to figure things out on his own!
Now, the main reason for explaining this is .... this!! There are a few guiding principles (i.e. ‘Horse Sense or Common Sense’), that you, who are putting together and installing your Shady Shelter, need to remember. And it’s even more important for the assistant installer to understand what is being done. After many years of experience, I have learned to listen to those who are helping me.
The 1st thing you need to know is:
Where is the SUN coming from in the mornings and afternoons?
If you set up the Shelter where the sun will shine into it all day long, it
is not going to do it’s job. Try to place it where the back of the Shelter
is toward the sun’s track through the day, during the summer. During
winter, since the Shelter is easy to move, you can relocate it to the
opposite side, where the sun will be.
The 2nd thing you need to know is:
Which direction does the wind blow from?
This is especially important during storms. Shady Shelters can
take a lot of abuse, but the best location is to have the back of the
Shelter to the wind. This will ease the strain on the Shelter and
corral, as well as provide more protection from rain, hail and snow.
If you need to face the Shelter into the wind (not recommended),
be sure to use 2 screw-in tie-down stakes, like those for mobile
homes, to anchor the corral, ESPECIALLY if you are using a small
corral. That 8' by 10' tarp makes a heck of a sail, if the corral is not
securely fastened to the ground. The tie downs should go in on
the side opposite of the Shelter(s) and tie downs on the corral next
to the Shelter will also keep things in place if you have really strong
The 3rd thing you need to know is:
The Shady Shelter was designed to be used on corral panels.
These panels are usually fabricated from round thin walled steel tubing of various diameters. They come in sections, usually around
5’ tall, and 10’ to 16’ feet long, and can be picked up and carried by one person, and fasten together at the ends to form a corral.
The Shelters can be attached to sturdy wood fencing, however we would like to visit with you to assure all safety issues are considered.
We will work with you to figure out a design that will succeed on the first try, and avoid a lot of aggravation and frustration, all around.
For instance, by using tubing embedded in the ground, using concrete, and longer lower frame sections, the Shady Shelter can be installed next to the popular plastic white rail and post fencing. By not placing any strain on the plastic rails, the fencing isn't damaged and the Shady Shelter can still be taken down and moved or stored. Therefore, DO NOT attempt to install your Shelter on any of the Plastic Board Fencing, because of the very flexible nature of this White Plastic Fencing. The wind will cause the Shelter to flex the fence back and forth, resulting in damage to the fencing, the Shelter, and possibly to livestock.
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HIGH QUALITY, PORTABLE SHELTERS FOR YOUR HORSES AND OTHER LIVESTOCK