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    11-13-2008, 05:09 PM
Time in stall

I have a 6 horse stall on the property and I new horse how much time and when should they closed in the stall and how time loose in pasture, I have one horse that I can't stall he either tries kicking his way out or leaps over (bending it in half and breaking it off the hinge) I don't want this horse to be like that in case there comes a time ie:injury where stalling is necessary.....
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    11-13-2008, 06:41 PM
I never stall my horses. EVER. 24/7 pasture with shelter and free choice hay. Temperatures here range from 30 degeress C in summer to -40 degrees C in winter. They are fine. However, I don't show.
    11-13-2008, 08:50 PM
I too let mine out 24/7. When I only had one we would lock him in the barn as he didn't have a buddy to help keep him warm and he's old..but now that we have 2 they have free access to the barn at all times but prefer to spend their time outside.
    11-14-2008, 12:59 AM
I have 2 horses also and they have a run in barn (converted from 2 stall's) with 24/7 turn out.....my horses are happier that way
    11-14-2008, 12:27 PM
There is no reason for a horse to stay in his stall all the time if he has a pasture or paddock! Horses are meant to be outside and are usually much happier out there. Make sure your fence is strong and not broken anywhere (especially if you won't be home all the time) and he has plenty of clean water.
    11-14-2008, 10:57 PM
Ddewey, There are a few reasons you might wish to stall your new horse. If he has not been out on pasture 24/7 and your pasture is actively growing(depends on where you live) is one good reason to stall parttime. YOu would then need to acclimate him to the rich grass by allowing him to graze for short times increasing up to full time. If your grass is dormant and or your horse is used to being on pasture then you do not need to stall.

I only stall my 29 yr old appy, part time, as he is blind. He'd prefer to be out as a rule.
    11-15-2008, 03:22 AM
I leave the ones I am not showing outside with a run in shed. The only ones who stay inside are either being shown or are in heavy training, but they spend at least half the day outside.

As far as the one who kicks and tears the gate down to get out. The easiest way to teach them to stay in a stall is to take them in and leave their halter and lead rope on them and stay with them (if they do not get dangerous) for a few minutes. Do this everyday and the try to progress to being able to leave the stall for a few minutes, if he starts freaking out, let him out. But be slow, take the time and progress him and eventually he will stay in a stall, this way just in case you need to be able to stall him ever, you know you will be able to.
    11-15-2008, 07:58 AM
I have mine in at about middle of november as 1 of mine is old and suffers from athritis, one of them is a hackney, the other is perfectly okay to stay outside which he does on some nights. I go to yard in the morning at half 6 to let them out and I don't bring them in til about half 8 at night. Plus our field isnt exactly in the perfect of condition at the moment.

I personally think that all the coldbloods out there can stay out all winter with a rug on but I think the warmbloods should come in at least through december.

    11-15-2008, 09:31 AM
We have seven horses here, and one 13 acre pasture. Some of the horses can't be turned out together, so they go out in two groups. Ike and the Clydesdales are out from about 6 p.m. To 7 a.m. And then Sienna and the Belgians are out from 8 a.m. To 6 p.m. When they're not out, they're in their stalls with hay and water and are perfectly content to be in.
    11-15-2008, 03:37 PM
I don't like having a horse in a stall even over night or whatever. My horse, and all horses I buy in the future, etc....will be kept outside 24/7 rain or shine. You can definitely keep your horses outside all the time, just make sure they have a nice large run-in-shed available that they all can fit in so if need by, they can get away from the elements.
Personally, I believe a horse is happier and definitely healthier when outside all the time. If a horse is stalled, there is more of a chance of them to colic (been told that by 3 vets)

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