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post #11 of 22 Old 08-06-2012, 12:09 AM
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It's much colder in winter and hotter in summer where I live than the UK and my TB is out 24/7.
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post #12 of 22 Old 08-06-2012, 12:17 AM
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Yep, my two are out year round. Admittedly, they're blanketed in the winter, but that's because they're pansies.
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post #13 of 22 Old 08-08-2012, 05:31 AM
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We keep our horses (including an OTTB) out 24/7 365 days of the year and our vet is thrilled about it. He says it's much healthier for them than being in a stable with drafts and stuffy air. South Carolina is mild but we do get occasional ice storms in the winter. If an ice storm is coming, they're put in stalls in a 3 sided barn until it's over. That's the ONLY time they are stalled unless they are ill. And they are never ill.

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post #14 of 22 Old 08-08-2012, 07:16 AM
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My TB also lives outside 24/7, along with my two Arabs. Unless the weather is extremely bad, it's healthier and much more preferable for them.

I'd rather see a horse outside with a few nicks and a calm demeanor, than stuck in a stall all the time, with an immaculate coat and crazy as a bedbug.

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post #15 of 22 Old 08-08-2012, 07:42 AM
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iv met thoroughbreds who stay out 24/7 id say try it, and base the final decision on how your horse handles the cold. But just put a nice winter blanket on her, and unless it gets sub zero temps, she should be just splended :)

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post #16 of 22 Old 08-08-2012, 10:27 AM
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My TB has been out 24/7 this winter (no rugs), and she barely even grew a coat... no problem with condition either, and as far as I know she was just on grass and hay.

And my Anglo is out 24/7 but HAS to have rugs on or he loses weight no matter how much you feed him... but he's starting to cope a bit better with the cold now than he used to.

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post #17 of 22 Old 08-11-2012, 03:10 AM
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My horses live out all year. When I had tb's, they didn't get any special treatment lol. They all loved being outside together :)

(mind you, my first young tb was a real wimp, and would hide in the little shelter .. he was a bit precious)
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post #18 of 22 Old 08-13-2012, 11:01 AM
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If you're planning on leaving her out all the time over the winter, make sure you start NOW so she grows the proper winter coat.
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post #19 of 22 Old 08-29-2012, 11:48 AM
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I've just been debating the same thing. My 9yo TB is underweight at the moment (only just been bought to me after being kept on a stud with grass only 24/7 after being pulled from the racing industry earlier this year) and we're concentrating on getting his weight up as our main priority at the moment. Providing his weight does go up and he holds onto it, he'll most likely be out in the winter 24/7. Already have a HW rug for him too incase he needs it. I think it'll just be a case of seeing how it goes


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post #20 of 22 Old 08-29-2012, 10:24 PM
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Mine is out 24/7 and grows a coat that would disgrace most polar bears. As long as your horse has plenty of hay to stoke the furnace so the speak, water and shelter, he'll be fine.

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