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post #1 of 9 Old 01-18-2012, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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How well do TB's cope living out?

I am looking at an OTTB right now and deciding on whether or not to turn him out or box him if I take him on. I have the riding experience to train him up as well as the assistance to do so.

I want to take his back shoes off at least and get the farrier to change his front ones a little and I am hoping that he will learn to socialise living out.

Honestly, how well do they cope living out? My last one that I leased lives out 365 days a year and is barefoot and she is fine.

I know this one will go through a lot of let down and he already needs some weight but I think he is going to be just fine and he has a really sweet nature and is very calm. We happen to be one of the only yards that provides live out livery but the stable option is always there if need be. He is still racing at the moment but his owners have stopped paying his upkeep which is the only reason they are rehoming him. He is completely sound.

Our climate is warm all year around. Summers reach 30 degrees celcius + and winters never drop below zero. I would say 9 degrees celcius would be the lowest it goes!!! during the winters our horses are always blanketed though and although those who live out are not in proper stables they have open shelters to keep them out the elements.

I am trying to get as many opinions as possible because some people think he will be fine and other say he wont...however those who say he won't are all those looking for me to stable in their yards.
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If he has a good winter coat then he'll be fine with turnout but if he's been racing and clipped then maybe turnout if it's not windy. That is the biggest chill factor. Some of these horses have no idea of what it is like to be turned out as everything has always been supplied. If you have a well fenced paddock perhaps start him in there just to get used to the freedom. Blanketing lays a horse's hair down and the horse can't regulate his temperature. A blanket can actually make a horse chilly. Our horses are out in -30 celcius and they are fine. At those temps their coats are fluffed out to trap warm air.
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In that weather a TB that is rugged when cold should be fine. Some may need a bit of extra groceries to keep weight on over the winter, but many don't. I had a TB mare that was out all year with no rug, and she was perfectly happy. The temps here are about the same as yours, except hotter in the summer.

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Really it depends on the individual horse.

I've had several that lived out very happily (actually better than they did stabled, they were less nervous) and some that just can't tolerate for a variety of reasons, usually related to keeping weight on or keeping shoes on.

I also agree with the above poster that said if the horse is racing fit or right off the track that they'll need a transition period.

If the horse is not a horrible hard keeper, and has decent feet without unusual problems keeping shoes on; I think it can be quite doable.
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It would really depend on him, if he's super sensitive and a hard keeper he might not do so well living outside 24/7. But I would imagine he would be fine, my TB absolutely loves being outside as much as possible and is much better under saddle when he's had a lot of turn out.
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Originally Posted by maura View Post
Really it depends on the individual horse.

Yes, yes, yes.

Doesn't matter the breed, sex or age. It's each horse.

My APHA gelding shivers in the winter and has bug allergies in the summer. Big baby so he has to be stalled at night.
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That's good to know, so many people tell me otherwise. Initially he will more than likely have the comfort of a box while he adjusts and goes through let down. I havent made a decision yet on this horse, im waiting for my farrier to give me an opinion today. But it will apply to any others that I look at too.

Thanks for the informative input :)
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good luck with whatever you choose
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Thanks :) Im very excited and very nervous all in one!
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