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    08-22-2010, 11:56 AM
in or out, and why?

Just for the sake of curiosity, where/how does everyone keep their horses (inside or outside)? I know some people who keep theirs out all the time, and a lot of people who keep their horse in a stall all year. What are your reasons for keeping them in/out? Im a little confused when horses have to stay in a stall every day all day, and I just thought I'd ask.
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    08-22-2010, 12:16 PM
I would keep horses out. I think it keeps their energy level down. Or you could keep them in the stall and work with them every day with a 3 hour turn out time.
    08-22-2010, 12:17 PM
Ours are out all year...well, right now with the exception of Tango, because the vet placed her on "stall rest". They have a run-in but live outside. I guess the reason-apart from the fact they're horses/outside animals and it's healthier for them, is that we only have one stall anyways-for emergencies and special occasions and such. It would be impossible to stall them all.
    08-22-2010, 12:33 PM
Green Broke
Mine are out all year. I don't have a barn even if I wanted to keep them in! I have a small portable pen incase one needs to be contained for some reason (injury) but other than that they're built to withstand the wind, rain & snow. Maybe a winter blanket if the horse really needs it, but they're by no means babied to the extreem where I keep them in a barn all the time & blanketed when they're outside.
    08-22-2010, 01:23 PM
Ours have walk in walk out barns, we would never shut them in less they had to be restricted for some reason. My older quarter horse has a winter blanket, but only wears it if there is freezing rain/ice. She usually likes to stand in her stall in bad weather anyway.
    08-22-2010, 05:01 PM
My barn is designed so the horses can walk in and out of their stalls whenever they want, so I leave them out for the majority of the time. The only time I lock them in is if the paddock is getting really muddy and nasty or is flooding. But usually if it is raining hard enough they will go in the stall on their own anyways.
    08-22-2010, 05:03 PM
All of ours are outside all year long. Most of them are in a large pasture where they have trees to get under for shade and protection from the elements. It is easier, no stalls to clean every day, keeps their energy down, and lets them just be horses with a herd.
    08-22-2010, 05:13 PM
Green Broke
OUT. Bottom line, it's better for them.
    08-22-2010, 05:19 PM
My mare used to live out all year round and the horses were fed hay in the field to share and she had her dinner. As she has got older, she doesn't eat as quickly as the others so it concerned me that she wasn't getting her fair share. I also found she was losing more weight than I liked over the winter. So now she lives out in the summer, comes in during the winter but only at night time. This has solved all my problems really, she gets plenty of time on grass and she is inside overnight to give her a rest from the horrible weather. I can also monitor what she eats so I can adjust her feed to suit any weight loss and she can take as much time as she needs.
    08-22-2010, 05:33 PM
Our mares are out all the time. They have a shelter and trees if they want to get out of the sun/wind. They're outside's just healthier all around.

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