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    02-27-2008, 11:56 AM
Green Broke
Pasture horses

Alright so I have 3 stalls and 5 horses. And I live in Ohio so there is harsh weather ect. Ect. I keep 2 horses inside and 3 outside. The horses that I have outside ar extremely hardy and easy keepers. The one pony will kick down a stall if I stick him in one. The other pony she wont eat or drink inside a stall. My 2yr old paint just hates it inside and likes to break things. Not to mention they all are horrible stall keepers. I dont' have blankets for them because they would just tare them appart. I don't have a walk in shelter because my one pony would either keep it all to himself or trap the others in it and try to kill them (done it before). I have had many people accuse me of being a horse abuser and neglecter over this. I just wanted to know do you think what I am doing is wrong? They have water, they have food twice a day. I mean really, I cannnnnoootttttt put a lean-to out there because of my one pony, it just wouldn't work. They don't get rain rot, they have the best feet, they are amazingly fat. So, would you consider that neglect?
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    02-27-2008, 12:13 PM
It doesn't sound like neglect to me. They are being taken care of and its not like you just put them out there and forgot about them. A run in shelter would be good to get them out of the elements. But I don't think you should separate them just to put one in there. Horses in the wild don't have run in sheds, and they're fine.

Do they have some kind of natural shelter, ie. Trees to escape the sun or wind/rain?
    02-28-2008, 01:26 PM
I don't think you are "neglecting" them. But I think a lean to would be a good idea. If you worry about the pony kicking everyone out, then perhaps two lean to's on opposite sides of the pasture?
    02-29-2008, 09:26 AM
Green Broke
No, no trees no noting. Our pasture isn't big enough for 2 lean-to's. The other horses follow that pony around, they go where he goes, they wont be independent and leave to go to another shelter.
    02-29-2008, 09:42 AM
I have 4 horses in the winter lot. They have one large run in and one small and lots of tree breaks. In bad weather they very rarely use the sheds. Most of the time they prefer to stand out in the weather. We have had a lot of heavy sleet and freezing rain this year and I will go out in the morning to find them covered in ice and sleet. They just don't use the sheds. I don't blanket either for the same reason. I have several in the barn that have been shreaded. The only time I have seen them run for the shed is when it hails. Even then the hail has to be pretty big for them to seek shelter. I don't feel I am abusing my horses in any way and I don't think you are either.
    02-29-2008, 08:55 PM
I think my horses know al about harsh weather. My horses deal with anything from +25 celcius to -45 during the winter. All they have year round is a shelter.

From the info you are giving us, no it does not sound innappropriate. Especially when most of the ones outside are ponies as they are more hardy.

Hard to say why someone would say this about your care towards horses.
    03-01-2008, 12:29 AM
Green Broke
It's not abuse...... that's what my trainer did with his personal horses..... they didn't have a lean to either and they were fat, happy, and healthy......... hmm, sorry I don't know celcius the greatest my2geldings..... but that sounds cold...... in Nebraska temperature goes from -35 to 115...... and it's HUMID!! The weather is crazy, it can be dry one second, humid the next, and then pouring w/ lighting and a chance of a tornado...... if these old boys can handle it I'm sure yours can Delete
    03-05-2008, 07:54 AM
Our temp ranges from 30 degrees c in summer to -5 in winter. Horses all live outside happily with plenty of warm rugs.
    03-05-2008, 12:40 PM
Green Broke
Well like last night we had an ice storm, somehow I got all 5 horses into the barn. It was tricky but I did it.
    03-05-2008, 12:47 PM
It's not abuse, but it would be better for them to have the option of going into a shelter. A shelter does have to be completly enclosed with one opening. You could have a shelter with one wall in the direction the wind blows and a top on it, and it would be better than not having anything out there.

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