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post #11 of 15 Old 09-26-2012, 12:53 AM
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Whoah. No. Way to small. I did a lot of research once about stalling horses, and found a rough estimate for a 12x12 stall for a horse would be about 8x8 feet for the average person. So, that means a exercise area smaller than 8x16. Imagine that plus some controlled exercise a few times a week. I would say the smallest with riding a few times a week would be 25x75. My little run for temporary winter confinement is 25x110.

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post #12 of 15 Old 09-26-2012, 10:50 AM
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Those aren't turnouts or paddocks. Those are runs. WAY too small. IMO, a turnout should be AT LEAST big enough for the horse be able to gallop full-tilt across it, but I like them as big as possible. And that's with riding every single day.

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post #13 of 15 Old 09-26-2012, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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I definitely want a bigger turn out for him, but it is hard to find someplace that isn't so far that it would be hard to travel to see him especially working full time and with so much traffic in my area. I'm at a loss, I feel bad now because its small and I am really trying to do the right thing for him, I pulled him from a feed lot at an auction, so I have no idea what he is used to or what he prefers, just trying real hard to do the best I can.
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post #14 of 15 Old 09-26-2012, 07:22 PM
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Just continue to do the good job for him that you are right now - you can only do your best, and it sounds like he is getting a lot of love and care from you he wasn't getting before! Keep your eyes open for other options that may come around in the future, because believe me, there are often surprises around the corner.... You've given him a much better life, and it will keep getting better all the time :)
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post #15 of 15 Old 09-26-2012, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Northernstar, your kind words do make me feel a little better. He is so skinny now, I'm trying to do everything possible to fatten him up and then work with a trainer to get his muscles back so he can have the energy to run and play and just be a happy horse who knows he's wanted and loved. I'm hoping the horses in the sky are looking down and sending me their help and guidance, I'm learning everyday and I am thankful for the experienced people on this board who are willing to offer advice to help someone just starting out.
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