Iíve been talking to my German horse friends about a new boarding trend. Itís referred to as active boarding. Itís based on the idea to recreate a wild horseís natural habitat. The horses are put into groups in what looks almost like an oversized paddock. It has several feeding stations that are spread out throughout the facility. The horses have to walk from station to station in order to eat. Itís supposed to be better for the horse because they get more exercise that way and canít engorge themselves on a giant bale of hay. Supposedly this system greatly reduces the occurrence of colic. In addition, some of the fancier active boarding facilities implant each horse with a microchip, and when the horse reaches a feeding station, a sensor recognized that particular horse and dispenses individualized grain or other supplement portions.
What do you all think? Is it weird or is it cool? Do you think the horses care? It seems very similar to pasture boarding except they don't get one giant bale of hay dumped in the middle of the pasture.