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post #11 of 13 Old 01-10-2014, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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So if you are showing, it is helpful to have a horse stalled. Plus you have to think about the fact that you do live in Canada and that your winters are brutal, I'm not talking about it from a blanketing standpoint, but more of a having to deal with mud and muck and deep snow, while still trying to ride. So if you are planning on showing, I would say go with stall board, but at a barn that has excellent turnout and the horse will be out 12+ hrs a day. I personally do stall board, but my horses are only in 8 hours a day. I have the option of keeping my horses in if the weather is bad and they get indoor turnout instead in that case. My show horse is in full training and I do not need bad weather slowing things down or getting in the way of things.
My plan would be to show, and yes I thought of the winter mud and wet spring conditions. Having stall board with A LOT of turnout is ideal, best of both worlds I find. Just need to find a place that won't be too far, nor too expensive that offers such a service, but then I guess I will also have to see what sort of horse I get.

Generally though, a relatively young horse with very sturdy feet, are they ok in wet/muddy conditions or could they also be prone to hoof troubles? Not as much as a horse with health issues of course, but what are the chances?

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And thank you for all your opinions! It helps to hear from experienced horse people. :)

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Generally though, a relatively young horse with very sturdy feet, are they ok in wet/muddy conditions or could they also be prone to hoof troubles?
For horses that are out 24x7 like ours, what you want is to have some area, whether in the pasture, under trees, or a shelter, that is either relatively dry or at least not fetlock deep in mud. What you see is that when they're not grazing or at the round bale/water trough, they go to stand/nap in the drier places. Our run-in has 6-8" of stone screenings, is always dry, and even in the winter when it's very wet and the high traffic areas are always deep with mud, we never have hoof problems.
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