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post #11 of 13 Old 06-24-2011, 05:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Wancata View Post
found a facility I REALLY like, turn out all day, ect, but my trainer isn't there.

What would you do? Make your horse happy or make yourself happy? I just don't know if I can look at his face (and stocked up legs) every day because he only got 3 hours of turn out. Suggestions?
Sounds like you know the answer.
If you horse wont be ok locked in a stall, then you dont have a choice.
Having a trainer if fine, but NOT at the horses expense.
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post #12 of 13 Old 06-24-2011, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by AlexS View Post
It sounds like you are deciding between what is better for you and what is better for your horse - to me, the horse comes first.
I guess to some extent, yeah. But thats why I am having the dilemma I am. The barn where my trainer is going, has turnout. But not as much as I would prefer for my horse. Its only for a few hours in the morning. I am usually of the feeling that when it comes to boarding, if you can get half of what you want, you've done pretty good. No boarding facility is going to perfect. Some don't feed the hay I like, some don't do turnout, others might not give enough shavings. So in my mind, I was thinking, "well, people board there and like it, they must do ok on limited turnout." So I was trying to decide, do I be happy with the fact that my horse may not be getting alllll the turnout I want but more than he is now? And we will get the training and care we need? Or, do I go out on my own and train on my own till I find a trainer in the new area? Because honestly, if I came on here and asked for training help and the only replies I got were "Get a trainer." I would feel I made a mistake. You know?

Originally Posted by mccylod View Post
Do you have a horse trailer? You could move your horse into the barn you want, and then trailer in for a weekly lesson if you wanted. I don't know how convenient that would be though
I am actually considering swollowing the proverbial turd and getting a trailer. Ive began looking for a used one just yesterday.

I guess what I am saying is, there are people out there that have horses that don't go out at all, or only go out for a few hours, every other day, ect. And deal with it. Am I being over sensitive? I really want turnout for my horse. It would make him VERY happy, but am I doing his talent a disservice not getting good training?? Now theres a debate!!! (possibily for another thread )

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post #13 of 13 Old 06-24-2011, 08:04 AM
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Horses are not all the same. What works fine for one might not work for another. Some horses prefer the safety of their stall, some horses prefer 24/7 turnout. There is no one size fits all answer.
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