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        08-22-2014, 12:07 PM
      #11
    Super Moderator
    It depends on too many things.
    For horses to live out 24/7 they need a good amount of acreage or the pasture soon turns sour from all the poo and pee on it - but for many horses that amount of free grazing is a fast track to laminitis.
    You also need access to shelter that they'll feel safe to use - a lot of horses are afraid to go in a confined space with other horses so they get to stand out in the weather and the biting bugs while their buddies enjoy the respite from it
    And if a horse was born and raised to be stabled it doesn't see the great outdoors as a desirable place to be 24/7 any more than we'd want to go back to living in caves with no heating or electricity
    I've recently bought 2 horses that became hysterical if they were expected to stop out too long or to tolerate bugs so its a new learning curve for them. When its snowy in the winter they spend most of their time waiting to be let into the barn because they know they have a choice.
    Most stables horses can see other horses and even though my lot are outside with each other they show no interest at all in playing and rarely get close to each other - in fact anything that dares to touch Looby is treated with a loud squeal of protest and a sharp pair of hooves
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        08-22-2014, 12:14 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Except for an injury that would require it, I will never stall my horse again. Seeing the difference in her from when she was stalled (with a large run) to being outside 24/7 was the biggest deciding factor. It's healthier in many different ways, both mentally and physically.
         
        08-22-2014, 12:35 PM
      #13
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    we have 30 head of horses they are outside 24/7/365. I don't know if they like it or not non of them have ever said if they like it or not. Here in Montana we can get down into the -30's and lower in the winter. I feed hay all winter and they all do fine. It is something a horse has to be used to to take a stalled horses and throw them out all at once I feel is wrong it should be done slowly over time.
    It would be nice to have a stall or two for when horses are sick or needing doctored.
    The only time I feel sorry for my horses is when its cold and rainy as long as they are dry and have a belly full of hay they are fine. But man when its just above freezing and its raining that sucks.

    This, unfortunately, is the weather condition of Western Washington through much of the winter; wet and cold, but not dry cold.
    Still, as long as the wind is not blowing , they have really long coats, and if you've ever worn a wet wool sweater, you know that even wet, they are warm.

    I have been at a "barn" where the horses are out 24/7 so long that I've forgotten what it's like to go get your horse out of a stall, strip a stall, feed in a stall. It seems quite odd to me.

    I must say, there is not one horse in the herd of about 15 that has real behavior issues. They are all, "catch me and ride me" easy. That was not the case when I was at a big barn where the horses got at best 2 hours of turn out in a dry paddock, alone, a day. It was take me out, lunge me, now ride me.
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        08-22-2014, 01:01 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    My gelding loves being out, even in the pouring rain and howling wind he will either stand under a tree or out in the open instead of under the shelter. I do not think he would do good in a barn setting where he is kept stalled a majority of the time
         
        08-22-2014, 07:53 PM
      #15
    Started
    Mine are loose 24/7. They have a big run in they can get into but rarely use it. They use it more in the summer when the bugs are biting than getting out of the weather.

    I use a fraction of the bedding I did when they were stalled. I often see them walk out just to go and walk back inside. 3 mares...wasn't so lucky with the gelding but the ladies are kind to me in that department.
         
        08-22-2014, 11:36 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Stall raised here.

    My gelding loves his stall. He likes being turned out too. I used to turn him out all day every other or every three days. After 5-6 hrs he's pacing and ready to be back in his stall.
    Lately I've tried a different method, he gets put out for two-four hrs each day. Always in late afternoon. By evening he's ready to be back in his stall.

    As for stall raising. I prefer a horse that is raised this way. I sleep better knowing he's in at night. I don't want him out in Inclimate weather. Nutrition is better when stall raised. And you rarely see an obese horse that's stall raised. Whereas most pasture raised horses are over weight. Course this is dictated by the human owner.....
         
        08-23-2014, 12:24 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    My mare is on 24/7 pasture... 40 beautiful acres subject to a herd of 18. They in that pasture from the time that spring begins to warm up, until around October when we start getting snow. (You heard me... Our winter starts in mid-October. Sigh.) When it starts to get cold we move them to the slightly smaller pasture (somewhere around 20 acres) which is directly connected to the barn. They have the option of shelter when they want it, and we put them in during any kind of storm. It seems to be a good system and the horses are healthy and happy and well-mannered. (Except for one gelding that they randomly take out of the herd for a couple weeks at a time to graze by himself elsewhere before returning him... at which time he decides he's the big boss and goes wild.)
         
        08-25-2014, 06:13 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    24/7 outside is better than in, but its fine for a horse to stat in if he wants to or if its cold and taint
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        08-25-2014, 06:13 AM
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    Weanling
    I meant to say rainy not taint, haha
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        08-25-2014, 06:19 AM
      #20
    Trained
    I have one who is out 24/7-the retired one. He is better out there and happier, and it is better for his arthritis. The one I ride-has a stall. I am too lazy to have to go out into the field and get him every time I want to ride. He is out at least 12 hours a day though. The other issue is that he needs a grazing muzzle, and the only time he gets a break from it is when he is in. I also do not want him sun bleached. However-when he was in training he was not out at all for 8+ months and was fine with that also. I do not agree with a lifetime of that however, which is what some of the show barns do. Horses need to be horses at some point.
         

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