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post #21 of 29 Old 12-16-2010, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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I completely understand your concerns. I don't see anything wrong with putting them out during the day so that they can move around and get some exercise, even when it is cold or rainy. I feel that it makes mine a lot happier horse. I have a tendency to want to baby my horse sometimes and have to remind myself that he is a horse and he will be fine.

I agree with your statement. I actually think I anthropomorphize him too much.
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post #22 of 29 Old 12-17-2010, 12:34 AM
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I agree with your statement. I actually think I anthropomorphize him too much.


Don't feel bad about it. I catch myself doing the same thing sometimes. I am glad that you care about your horse that much. Your horse is very lucky.
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I have to agree with the posters who have said you need to sit down with the barn staff and ensure that YOUR idea of inclement weather and the BM or BO know where your coming from.
Communication is key.

Also, not sure what their time line is regarding turn in, but just because you have come at x time, and he was still out... doesn't mean that your horse is staying out all night.
For us turn in can be anywhere from 4-6pm (winter months), and 4-10pm (summer months) depending on the weather, what has happened through out the day schedule wise (ie farrier, vet, hay deliveries etc).
So perhaps the times you came, they just weren't ready to bring him in.
And as long as he looks comfortable...even though it is raining he would e fine to stay out.

Now, if your horse is staying outside ALL the time and you're paying for stall board...then yes, you have something to complain about.

But I think the main thing in this situation, is to ensure that you and the BO are on the same page when it comes to interpretation of inclement weather.

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post #24 of 29 Old 12-18-2010, 02:12 AM
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Everyone seems to have excellent points when saying "talk to the BO". So - what is the word?

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post #25 of 29 Old 12-20-2010, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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So, I talked to the BO and I've decided that she definitely knows more about equines than I do so I'll just go by her judgement. The babies will be brought in at night when its really cold and/or wet. If its really yucky during the day she'll bring them in. I just feel bad thinking about him in the elements but I have to remind myself that he's a horse and not a human.
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Generally stall board means that the horses come in at night regardless of the weather... do you guys have some other agreement?
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post #27 of 29 Old 12-21-2010, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Generally stall board means that the horses come in at night regardless of the weather... do you guys have some other agreement?

That's what I thought as well. However, the BO believes that horses should be out as much as possible so she only brings them in when its cold and/or wet outside. I personally hate paying for stall board on those weeks/months that its so nice out that he never goes in but here in VA you never know how the weather is going to be. When I first got him his neck sunburned really bad so if it does the same this year he'll HAVE to be in during the day.
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Generally stall board means that the horses come in at night regardless of the weather... do you guys have some other agreement?
I think it is unfair to say that there is one general way it is done. Heck, some places turn out at night and have the horses in during the day. Some places stall board means the horses have a stall that they can be brought in to at meal time and then are put right back out for the rest of the time. Other places stall board means the horse is in their stall for 23 hours a day and turned out for an hour.
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We do not have the option of stall or pasture board at my barn. All the horses have a stall, but they are outside pretty much 24/7 during the summer and just during the day once it gets cold. The only time they stay in is if there is inclement weather. It is up to the 2 coaches and barn owner who lives on site on if they are brought in or not. They are not even brought in to be fed, but are fed hay outside. It is up to the owner to feed the horse anything extra beyond hay.

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