We were lucky to have our tack room in the right place to be able to add our shade sail to it but you can also make these with a back and sides on for between $300 to $500 depending on how many sides and posts you need. They are so easy to do too-and work well to provide much needed shade for all animals in our intense New Zealand summers, as well as can work well as a wind break too.
To make-Just dig 4 holes into the ground about 900mm deep, then put your post in the centre of each hole, leveling it with a spirit leveler to make sure it's straight, and adding a small wooden frame around it to keep it in place whilst you add about 3 bags of concrete to each post and fill with water -leaving it till it sets-making sure to keep everyone and all animals away from it in that time.
Posts start at about $25 each from your local timber merchant who often will delivery for a small fee too, plus post mix at around $15 per bag. Then add tarpaulins/or shade sails to the top, back and sides as you prefer-tarps costs between $10-$15 each-with shade sails at around $55 for a 3 x 2m size.......try not to use black or dark colours for the backs and sides or will look like a cave-so the lighter the better. Trademe and the Warehouse sell these with perhaps another $30-$40 on fittings and screws to mount the tarps to the frame etc...and there you go for a cheap but efficient field shelter that all your animals will thankyou for :)
For more easy paddock solutions have a look through the rest of our blog :)