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post #11 of 14 Old 08-29-2012, 02:30 PM
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I have two horses that live outdoors 24/7 in MN, heck I don't even HAVE stalls. They have a run in and just about free choice hay. Tbh I don't even grain them unless the winter is extremely nasty and they are losing weight. As long as the run in is big enough for all horses to get into and you don't have any nasty horses in the mix she should be fine. I would make sure you keep an eye on her weight throughout the winter as a thick coat can obscure weight loss for awhile.
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post #12 of 14 Old 08-29-2012, 05:19 PM
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As other posters have said. She should be just fine outside if given adequate access to shelter, fresh water at all times and good hay.

The last point (good hay) is key here.
Having a horse outside 24/7 is usually healthier, BUT check out the stables feeding regime....if they just slap a round bale out in winter and don't ensure the hay is still in good condition (round bales can and do get dusty if rained /snowed on and left to sit too long)...even w horses eating at them.
Some pple see hay and figure that's good enough, when was the last time the hay was checked for moldy parts, or dust etc
Proper management is key.
A horse outside 24/7 on crappy hay is gonna be worse off then a horse on good quality feed who is stalled for 12hrs out of the day.....just food for thought
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post #13 of 14 Old 08-30-2012, 06:51 AM
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My boys are on pasture 24/7 with access to the barn for shelter. I have much happier horses than my friends horses who are stalled.
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Well... so far I haven't seen a single negative! It is giving me hope that I just may be able to adopt my baby next year! Still have to go check out the facility, but since I know a couple of knowledgable horsewomen there, I'm betting it is well-run.
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