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  • Getting a horse used to outdoor board
  • Do horses have problems adjusting to a barn from pasture bording

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    03-07-2012, 01:46 PM
  #21
Foal
Agreed! Just be sure to check for shelter and watering area. All our horses are out 24/7 on 50 acres.
     
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    03-07-2012, 02:05 PM
  #22
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
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.

Interesting. Our babies learn it's ok to be alone in the stall over night. Encourages a bit more independence. Easier to handle when we start working with them because they are used to being in the barn. Nice to be able to feed individually too.

Also - they very much enjoy a nice comfy bed that someone (herdmates) isn't trying to push them out of.
     
    03-07-2012, 04:28 PM
  #23
Trained
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Originally Posted by mls    
Interesting. Our babies learn it's ok to be alone in the stall over night. Encourages a bit more independence. Easier to handle when we start working with them because they are used to being in the barn. Nice to be able to feed individually too.

Also - they very much enjoy a nice comfy bed that someone (herdmates) isn't trying to push them out of.
Horses spend so much of their life in a little 12x12 box, I don't think they need to get stuck in there un-necessarily. The best setup I've seen is having an indoor stall with a door open to a run or paddock, most of the time unless it's really uggo out the horses won't even use the stalls.

Let the horse be a horse is my thing. Even my PSG horse is turned out in a large paddock with two other horses, the only reason he is in a stall overnight is for my convenience when it's cold out. I'm seriously considering turning him out 24/7 this summer because it is so healthy for their minds and bodies and as the work progresses the healthier he can be, the better. Of course sticking a youngster in a stall every once in a while will do them good, but the key for me is once in a while.
     
    03-07-2012, 07:24 PM
  #24
Yearling
Well when I boarded it was always outside and they had a shelter. I've seen from days old to 40 years old, my horses at my house are outside all the time. They have a shelter and soon stalls for bad weather. But I like them outside gives them something to do.
     
    03-07-2012, 07:46 PM
  #25
Foal
Pasture board is not only a more affordable option, it is a healthier one. Horses are meant to roam, graze and breathe fresh air.

Sadly most boarding barns do not have proper ventilation in the barn and the horses have to breathe in dust, dirt, possible mould all day/night.

All my horses have been/are on pasture board (on grass during summer and hay during the winter months) and they are happy and healthy, only negative is my mare is a EASY keeper and usually needs to be put in a paddock (fat pen) for a month or two during the summer.

They don't get bored (learn to crib, weave, stall walk) they get natural exercise.

Horses are meant to roam so why not let them only negative is some days it's a long walk to catch if your horses doesn't come when called

Best of luck, age should not be a problem as long as your boarding barn has a pasture with horses that will not beat up on your baby
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    03-22-2012, 04:54 PM
  #26
Foal
It can be a great option for many horses, but a bad option depending on what you want to do with your horse. If she is a horse that you plan on showing at a professional level then a stall would be better to manage her with to keep her from getting dirty and keeping her from being kicked and getting injuries from other horses.
     
    03-22-2012, 10:43 PM
  #27
Weanling
As much as I would love not having to chase my horse around outside, through snow, I keep her pastured because it's better for her. She has heaves and living in a stall would simply aggravate the symptoms. I'd rather her be healthy and happy, even if it means trudging through a blizzard to get her.
     
    03-22-2012, 11:56 PM
  #28
Yearling
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Originally Posted by mls    
Interesting. Our babies learn it's ok to be alone in the stall over night. Encourages a bit more independence. Easier to handle when we start working with them because they are used to being in the barn. Nice to be able to feed individually too.

Also - they very much enjoy a nice comfy bed that someone (herdmates) isn't trying to push them out of.
My colt was introduced to his first herd at the end of January at 11 months old. His dam is not on our property. It has worked out beautifully. He is haltered and pulled up every morning and evening and put into a small pen for his junior feed, and I also groom him before he eats in the evening. We take walks around the property, and most often go into the arena where other horses are being worked and there are the routine smells and sounds of the indoor barn. This is where he learned to be tied, on the rail while I worked my mare or stayed for a while to chat with friends. We do a little work in the arena, also. He has learned to back up and move his hindquarters. So I believe that my colt has the best of both worlds in that he has his herd and is also being accomodated to the arena and barn. We do have extra stalls in case he might need one for a while, too.
I don't show my horses and therefore would never stall board for reasons others mention above.
     
    03-23-2012, 09:44 PM
  #29
Yearling
Outdoor board is an healthy and cost effective option. As long as there is shelter from the wind, a good supply of quality feed and fresh water, your horse should do very well. I live in your area and all 4 of my horses live outside 24-7 and always have. Even our "not so easy keeper" mare does well outside.
     
    03-25-2012, 01:54 PM
  #30
Weanling
There are pros and cons to a youngster in outdoor board. I will list both, then give my opinion at the bottom


Pros

Freedom of movement
If there are other hoses, they learn horse dominance, which makes them much nicer to work with people
They get to play
The air quality is better
If the pasture is not flat, they learn to pick up thier feet (ask any cowboy about a horse who has been raised in a flat pen and how fast they get sold when asked to do real work)
If there is grass, they can eat a greater variety of foods, which is healthier
They gain more coordination, and lots more muscle
It gives you, the owner, a reason to go out and do somethign with your horse. You can pull her out and feed her vitamins and any other suppliments she might need - which sets her up for being easy to catch for the rest of her life.


Cons

If she is in with bossy horses, she can get beat up and picked on
You have to watch her nutriton and weight. You can't just check on her once a month, you have to get out there at least twice a week to make sure all is well.
In cold weather, she may need a blanket, which the other horses might destroy
You don't know exactly what she is gettign to eat.


In my opinion, I ALWAYS keep yearlings and weanlings out in pasture. They need to learn to be horses. They need the muscle development they get from getting to run all the time. The only time I say no to this, is if she is getting beat up. I also use stalls so that I can monitor feed for hoses that I can't get out there every day to feed.
     

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