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    03-03-2012, 01:03 PM
  #11
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Pasture board is much healthier for horses compared to stall boarding. Especially for younger horses not yet worked. It helps their legs develop properly.
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    03-03-2012, 02:23 PM
  #12
Foal
I would say pasture board is the best way to go for any horse as long as there is a shelter from the weather.
You did not say if it was grass or hay.
I see no problem if there is plenty of grass pasture, hay maybe a issue with the other horses depending on how many other horses are pastured together, chances are a mare will adopt your filly.
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    03-05-2012, 06:20 AM
  #13
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My horse has been living in a pasture board for a month now and we're sticking with it! I'm sooo happy - he's feeling really good, living like a horse should live, getting more movement and better feed, there is also a shelter to hide in when the weather is bad...but guess what, the horses don't actually use it even when it's freezing cold or pouring rain - they just feel good outside! There's also a yearling filly in our herd and she is coping with it just fine, looking good and being generally healthy mentally and physically. I am now quite sure that pasture boarding is the best thing for a horse, so, if all the circumstances are suitable for your needs (access to water, non-restricted access to grass/hay, shelter, good fencing, pastures big enough for the number of the pastured horses), I'd say - go for it! Your horse will appreciate it.
     
    03-05-2012, 07:55 AM
  #14
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I keep horses in my own place: they are outdoor 24/7. I put them in stalls once in while when we have snow or rain+wind, but other then that they have a run-in.
     
    03-05-2012, 10:05 AM
  #15
Yearling
Outdoor board is more healthy and beneficial for a horse as people have pointed out but even more important for the filly, it gives her the opportunity to develop social skills that will keep her safe throughout her life. Too many adult horses are like a fish out of water when they are in a herd situation because the last time they were in a learning herd situation was with their dam. They are clueless how to behave and respond to other horse's directions and demands.
     
    03-05-2012, 11:02 AM
  #16
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons    
Outdoor board is more healthy and beneficial for a horse as people have pointed out but even more important for the filly, it gives her the opportunity to develop social skills that will keep her safe throughout her life. Too many adult horses are like a fish out of water when they are in a herd situation because the last time they were in a learning herd situation was with their dam. They are clueless how to behave and respond to other horse's directions and demands.
Even if a horse is stalled overnight, they can still be turned out to have herd mates. It doesn't have to be all or nothing.
     
    03-05-2012, 01:08 PM
  #17
Foal
It's the best you can do for your yearling!
In Germany and Swiss it is common to put yearlings on a pasture with a good shelter and a professional care, until they are three years old!
But don't left them on their own dewices!!!!
     
    03-06-2012, 08:56 PM
  #18
Trained
I would never stall a horse. I was told many years ago that every day a horse is kept in a stall is a day off their life.
Pasture board is much more healthy and natural I beleive in keeping things as close to nature as possible. I have owned horses for over 40 years and have never had a case of colic and very few issues with lameness. I have only had 1 cribber and she came here as a resuce last year.
My horses have access to run in sheds and a wooded area. They prfer the Woods.
Besides constant excercise would be very good for developing bones, muscles, and ligaments. Shalom
     
    03-06-2012, 09:37 PM
  #19
Trained
I wouldn't even consider stalling a horse under 3 or 4 years old, overnight or otherwise, unless it was ill or had another health problem.

Let her be a horse, she is only a yearling!! All she needs is hay, water, shelter, loose minerals or a mineral block and some supplemental feeding once a day (beet pulp, complete feed).

Good luck!
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    03-07-2012, 09:50 AM
  #20
Foal
I don't even own a barn with stalls, all I have is a large shelter that they can get in/out of as they wish. They have all grown up that way and have never had a sick day in their lives, no colic, lameness, cribbing, etc. I make sure they have either grass or hay and a good mineral/vitamin supplement. Super simple and easy.
     

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