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post #21 of 64 Old 12-07-2011, 11:57 AM
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I wouldnt care if it was a big deal or not. That's what I looked for. I know exactly what it costs, as I am paying it. And it is the same cost as other places that just throw all the horses in one big field. If more people looked for it more barns would offer it. I know several places that do it, so I know by example it is pretty simple. But like I said above everyone prefers to make excuses and then put up with injuries, accidental breedings, worms, disease, lack of food, violent horses, stolen tack and on and on and on,I don't really believe in turn out either. Each field has a run in. The horses turn themselves in and out as they like. Sorry I just wouldnt tolerate group pasture. It is to simple not to.
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Guessing more places do not offer it because there are people who prefer horses go out in groups. Them being herd animals and all.

Thankfully there are barns that offer all kinds of set up situations so everyone can be happy.


Group or private working better or worse truly depends on the animals and the situation.
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I have a boarding barn with mixed turnout. I have 3 seperate pastures with shelters. I have them according to who gets along, the meek horses are together in two of the pastures and the others are in the larger pasture. There is the occational bite mark, but very rarely. They all get along well and are happy and fat. They all like to greet you and are well mannered. Sometimes they can start to get a little too much in your space ("Hi there! Missed you! Got a cookie??") but waive your hand and they back up.

But they also are not hungry, round bales of nice soft hay in all pastures, feedstalls that they line up in to eat (so going "out" of the pasture doesn't = feeding time). They are all rotationaly wormed the same day with the same product and we have spring shots/coogins and fall shots and exams.

It's my way on that, I wont deal with "well I don't want to worm my horse with that or I don't want to vaccinate against this".

And here is some pics of the feedstalls, which are AWESOME as they are covered, the feedroom door opens right out to them, they line up every morning and evening and each horse gets their correct feed and suppliments:







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I don’t care whose horse it is – if it charges me and tries to run over me to get at my horse, it’s getting a good smack. There is no excuse for that behavior and I refuse to be injured because an owner can’t discipline their 1000-pound animal.

My thoughts exactly! EXCEPT this alpha horse's owner was the queen of the barn...and NO ONE smacks or threatens the QUEEN'S horse!!! EVEN the Queen!!!

I am not kidding. Seriously.
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Just to clarify: I agree horses do better in a group. I have two horses. I want them grouped together....same if I had 3 or 4.

I want my horses in a group.

I just want to make sure I OWN all the horses in the group.


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This is serious, folks. I've dealt with too many spoiled brat boarder horses! Oh, the stories I could tell....


Currently, I have 2 horses...so that is the grouping I want them in. If we ever get a 3rd horse, I will want all three grouped together...and so on.

Here's a newsflash: ALOT of owners do not discipline or teach their horses manners! They let them walk all over them! And one day, that may be literal....It's sad, but as long as I don't have to deal with their horses, it's fine with me if they are ruled by them!!!!
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I have a question for ChardaveJ....how do you keep a horse from reaching through the space between boards and biting it's neighbor?

It's a nice setup, but it wouldn't work for our psycho alpha OTTB...he'd reach his head through the boards openings and bite his neighbors!

ALOT of things NORMAL horses do wouldn't work for our psycho. Take run in sheds for example....no go. HE would take over the run in and let no one else in it. Our current property owner suggested we leave the barn door open so the horses could go in and out as they wish. We told her it wouldn't work. And it didn't. ANY time Epona tried to enter the barn, Beau chased her off. Once she sneaked in when he wasnt' looking and all heck broke loose.....he cornered her and attacked her...and he meant business. So, no runs ins for Beau, and no nice setups like in Chardavej's pics....

I guess it's the price we pay for having a psycho horse.

Wanted to add: private turnout isn't just a PREFERENCE, it's a necessity.... Beau is the greatest horse in the world with people. He's aggressive and dangerous to other horses.

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I have a question for ChardaveJ....how do you keep a horse from reaching through the space between boards and biting it's neighbor?
Her horses are only in there to eat. Nothing more. They are too busy eating to bite their neighbor.
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I know that AB!!!!!

....but Beau WOULD find time. In between mouthfulls of grain. Just wondering if she has that problem or if Beau is truly just a psycho!!!!

He is fed in his stall and he STILL tries to bite her through the bars.....he can't of course because the bars are too close together...but those boards in the pics are NOT.....
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Did you read, she has her pastures divided by personality type.
It appears her horses are not like yours.
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post #30 of 64 Old 12-07-2011, 02:25 PM
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Did you read, she has her pastures divided by personality type.
It appears her horses are not like yours.
Ha - so are ours but food is food!

We have tie stalls similiar but ours have custom made steel bar grates so they cannot contact the next horse. We also put up rump chains so the horse cannot leave until we say so. Horses are fed per need. If horse A is done before horse B, horse A cannot leave their stall and chase horse B out.
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