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post #21 of 32 Old 08-25-2014, 08:47 AM
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Our season of winter seems to be nothing but wet in the UK, there is nothing worse for keeping stock than driving rain, with a cold wind so, mine would come in at nights.

I would try to use just three fields which come the end of winter, would be nothing but mud so, either they ruined the whole acreage by giving then the run of it all or bring them in at nights.

When young horses are so wet they are standing under a hedge, heads down, backs hunched and shivering hard, refusing to move to come to hay or feed then it is time for them to come in.

In the summer they would want to come in away from th flies so it was reversed. In by day and out at nights.

The youngsters all had big loose barns that they went into together and the ridden horses had their own stables. When they walk in and go to their respective stables and spend most of the day lying down or dozing then they were saying thanks!

One thing that happened on many occasions wa I would open the loose barn door for the youngsters to go out to the field. If it was chucking it down they would walk to the top of the track, turn and walk back in.
I'm pretty certain where they would rather be!

Another reason that the ridden horses were stabled in the winter was because they were in hard work. They were clipped out so being out 24/7 was not really an option.
They did get turn out but again unless the weather was good, they would go out, roll in the muddiest patch return to th gate waiting to be brought in.
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post #22 of 32 Old 08-25-2014, 09:00 AM
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If outside 24/7 they should have access to shelter. One that is large enough so someone doesn't get pushed out or several shelter depending on number of horses. There are less bugs in a shelter and need to get out of the elements even in nice weather.
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post #23 of 32 Old 08-27-2014, 01:00 AM
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I would much rather have my gelding out 24/7 than stalled on a daily basis (at night.)

My BO will bring him in if the weather is absolutely awful, even though he does have a shelter in his paddock. He does fine in a stall and doesn't mind being stalled, but I definitely think he's happier being out.

I think it's good for horses to be OK with being stalled in case of emergencies, etc. but obviously some are going to prefer one over the other. I personally hope to keep my current/future horses out 24/7 as much as possible.
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post #24 of 32 Old 08-27-2014, 01:55 PM
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my guy was raised in a pasture, with a herd of other Morgans. Somewhere along the years he has come to appreciate his stall. His situation now he has a stall with a built on paddock, that the BO only closes the door to outside in extreme weather. (even then he kicked the inside stall door trying to get out during an ice storm. ..eek)

I've tried stall at night out during the day, he does not like it. Pacing the fence if he's out too long, or causing trouble if he's in too long. He would rather come and go as he pleases from his stall. He's happy that way. And his back legs don't swell from being stalled all night.

If I had my own place, he'd have his own field with a shelter and a neighborly horse across a fence to keep him company.

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My horses are and will always be outside 24/7, save for extreme circumstances. My mare, and my filly too when I had her, were outside in pasture be it raining, storming, snowing, 100 degrees or -30 degrees. A nice shelter was provided and never used. The one mare I have now goes absolutely bonkers in a stall. I find that many horses who seem to prefer stalls don't have the option of a pasture - they are turned out in a dry lot or a paddock, where they don't have grass or much room to run, and don't always have shelter. Of course in that situation they'd prefer a stall - it's cool, shaded and without biting flies.

I think horses that prefer to be stalled over a legitimate grassy pasture with buddies are few and far between.
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post #26 of 32 Old 08-27-2014, 02:19 PM
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Well mine are pacing up and down wanting to come in because they think its way too hot and way too many flies to be comfortable outside!!!
Even though they get ridden most days - and worked quite hard - even on the small acreage we have here they would get overweight really fast if I didn't do something to restrict their grazing - and even with what I do they are far from looking lean
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There are places where 24/7/365 turnout is terrific. IMHO the soggy Midwest and New England are NOT. You get more snow and ice than I do, but a horse is tough, when he can dry out his feet and not burn winter calories keeping warm against a stiff NWesterly wind, or slip and break a knee on ice.
My horses are 24/7 turnout from mid-April to early, mid-November, with shelter from the sun. The rest of the year they are stalled at night so that they can lay down on clean bedding and get a really good rest. If it isn't storming or we haven't had a layer of ice, they are turned out out early morning, and put away early evening, about 12 hours each winter turnout and winter stalling.
You and I just don't live in those dry, low humidity areas of the country that are really, again, IMHO, a lot healthier for the horse.
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Something I have found with field shelters is that horses rarely ever use them unless it is hot and flies are about.

A friend of mine wanted to keep all her horses out 24/7, mostly brood mares and youngsters. They were loosing a lot of weight from shivering off all she fed them and would not use the shelters.

She then got some donkeys which have far more sense than horses! The donkeys all would go into the shelters followed by the horses.
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post #29 of 32 Old 08-27-2014, 02:57 PM
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They do just fine with 24/7 turnout in northern New England. As long as they can get out of the wind and wet and have plenty of forage the weather doesn't bother them a bit. The go in their run in more in the summer to escape the bugs than they do in the winter. At -35 they were outside messing around. I was the one that didn't stick around long.
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post #30 of 32 Old 08-27-2014, 03:05 PM
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I really do think it depends on the individual. There are pros and cons to each, even with my gelding.

For example, he enjoys being outside because there is more stimulation, and he can more easily see other horses.

On the other hand, he is shielded from the elements while inside, and has a ton of soft bedding. These are both good on his old bones. <3

Another thing to consider is 'breakouts'. For example, there are 200+ confirmed cases of VS in Colorado right now, and almost as many quarantined barns. Most likely, it is fly born. My horse is now inside, where there are essentially no flies due to a very effective fly control system (timed sprayers) in the barn.
Just another thing to think about.
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