I recently moved to my old/new barn boarding facility. It has an indoor arena with good footing. The owner is pretty good, has good hay, and is fair to his boarders.
When I got there, I noticed that one horse was still in the barn during turnout time. I asked the girl who worked there if the horse was sore/lame and that's why he had to stay in. She said no, that the young girl that owns him does not want him turned out. Ok. It's beautiful outside and winter is approaching.
This horse is big, a QH/Perch cross I believe. He's overweight, he is getting 7 flakes of hay a day and he is just standing in the barn all day. He is only walked in the arena occasionally. Just for the sake of adding this, he was also wearing a quilted stable blanket in the barn.....it's summer here!
The horses are also not turned out together, so no worries of them kicking each other etc.
I'm feeling kind of bad for this horse. Wouldn't you? How would you encourage this young lady to let her horse out to stretch his legs and get some fresh air?
I was told that the girl also takes her halter and lead rope home so no one can turn him out.....I have been away from this barn for a while and don't know of any occurrences that would prevent this girl from giving her pal a bit of freedom.
I was thinking of asking her if she would want to ride out with me one day soon before the snow flys......I want to be encouraging.....
Also, I don't want to fly to conclusions here, she may have a legitimate reason for keeping him in. The girls working at the barn said he's not sore or lame.