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post #1 of 4 Old 08-09-2013, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Which type of boarding is best?

I'm reading Horse Health and Nutrition for dummies and of course they say pasture is the best type of boarding.. but after that they say that paddock is best ( bigger the better) and then box stall. And they don't seem to rate a box stall with an outdoor enclosure as good as a paddock. I assumed box stall with outdoor enclousure was better than just a paddock. ( the combos I see are, of course, have smaller outdoor enclosures than the just plain paddock) How big should a paddock be? They say horses like to be outside and only a sick or recovering hourse would be good in a box stall.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-09-2013, 06:06 AM
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Bigger is always better. I certainly wouldn't go smaller than 40'x40' for a single horse paddock. That's the size we use for a lame horse where we want to limit movement.

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I think that box stalls and paddocks are a matter of preference.

However, if you choose to board your horse in a box stall, turnout time is a must, and you may have to work a little harder in the arena.

My current horse I have boarded in both options. While I had him in Colorado he was boarded in a private paddock. Currently he's boarded in a box stall, with a 50% turnout time. Because it's so hot in Texas, he's in the box stall under a fan all day, and turned out all night. That switches during the colder months.
He got along just fine in both, but I'm a very active rider. It just depends on your and your horse. (:
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Whatever the horse is happiest with! If the horse doesn't mind, then pasture, and if that is not available, a paddock.

It depends on what the paddock is being used for. If the horse is going to live there with no other turnout, I would have it be a minimum of 100' long, but although that may be big enough for the horse to play around in, 100' doesn't seem like enough for the horse with him looking at it so he probably won't run around. My two are kept in a 50' (and 70' in some spots) by 110' pen in winter and they act calm. But put them out in a pasture and there will be no grass left because of the wet ground and them running around... otherwise, if you can turnout in a larger area, any size is fine as long as it is no smaller than a stall of course.

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