Originally Posted by Merlot
RiccilOve, I'm not 'Harping' on just because she has a sick filly inside for a bit - I'm 'harping on' because she said that NONE of her horses LIVE OUTSIDE. I find this extremely cruel. Horses are HERD animals they NEED to be with other horses OUTSIDE in LARGE areas where they can run freely. That, to me is a NO BRAINER.
If the filly is sick and she needs to be inside for a LIMITED time while she recovers (Personally I can't see how that would help) then OK however according to this woman ALL her horses live inside.
I'm sorry but I feel that if you don't have the land to keep horses as they should be kept then you should not have horses.
Just my opinion.
You are coming across extremely naive. Maybe it's just because of where you live, but it isn't possible to keep every horse in the world outside 24/7. Some places get tons and tons of snow, and some horses are very old and arthritic. How on earth is it cruel to keep said horse in a cozy stall or stall with small turnout in situations like this?
Most barns work primarily on lots of stalls and daytime turnout.
Therapy barns require horses to be inside most of the day to be easy on the volunteers, as not all are totally horse savvy and couldn't necessarily pull one horse out of a turn out for a class.
Most owners don't just stick their horse in a stall all day every day and don't let it out. Most owners make sure to supply enough roughage and get the horse out for enough exercise.
What's *cruel* is beating your horse, not feeding it, riding it in a harsh bit without the need or soft hands to use it correctly, not getting your horse's feet done consistently, etc etc.
And to me, it's a NO BRAINER that the OP cares very much for her horse. Save your soapbox for the owner that comes on here and whines about her sick or dead lame horse and DOESN'T get a vet out for it. Don't be so naive. Posted via Mobile Device