Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
A Barn Dilemma
So I have been at my barn for seven years. I have never really liked it but it is the only boarding facility in my area. Next Thursday there is a barn meeting and word in the aisles is that they are wanting to increase our board by about 100 dollars. They will start including indoor hay and grain. We will still be responsible for round bales out side, mucking of the stalls, turn out and general care, but they will feed the horses twice a day. This does not bother me. What bothers me is that they will be limiting our turnout time. Right now I have my horse out 24/7 because he is very colic prone, and generally does better outdoors. He also tends to stock up in the stall, if he's been in there a while his ankles swell up really bad. They usually go down after a little bit of exercise but its still disturbing to see them swelled up so much. Anyway, until the meeting I won't really know how much turn out time we will be allowed, but last I heard the Barn Manager talking about it he said around 6-8 hours a day. I really feel like this would be detrimental to my horse. But I can't find any other barns in my area. I have done an internet search and I can't find anything else in this area. I am going to ask around and see what I can find but I am scared I might be stuck here in a situation that is far from ideal for my horse. Does anyone have any advice on making stall living healthier if I can't find another place?
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