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  • Horse not wanting to leave its stall
  • Should i put a heavy weight blanket on my horse if it is in a stall

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    10-26-2007, 11:19 PM
Blankets and Stalls

I have to admit that my first is the first one to run to the gait to be let into the barn and the first on in line for a blanket. When it gets 50 degrees you better pile on the blankies! Right now its in the low 50s he's in a stall and has a medium weight turnout on. He has his winter coat already and its nothing. Its just a tad bit thicker than his summer coat. Does anyone else have a horse that is this obsessed with his blankets and stall? Poco is stall crazy. He absolutely loves it and would stay in there 24/7 if you let him. I like for him to get out in the fields and run around but not him. He stands by the gait acting like he just lost his best friend. He wont move. He wont eat, he wont drink. Nothing. He just stands there. In may I left him out for one day and came back and he was so dehydrated he could barely lift his feet up. He hadnt even moved from where he was standing. He even pooped and peed there. As soon as I let him in his stall with his water buckets and hay he was a completely different horse. I need more blankets for him. He wears a 78 inch. I need another medium weight and a heavy weight if anyone has one they would be willing to part with. Poco has always been laid back around the barn and peppy on the trails but he has just here recently got to where he does not want to leave his stall and stay in a field. If I am working with him I don't have any problems he just doesnt want to be left out in the field. He's got two buddies in the field. Both are mares and are as sweet and gentle as can be.
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    10-27-2007, 01:36 AM
I used to have a mare, who when I took her out competing she would wait all day, unil she got home then would run into her stable to do a pee. She would drink buckets all day and I swear you could see her crossing her legs in some classes, but she would go to the toilet until she was in her box.

You could almost her her sigh with relief
    10-27-2007, 04:36 AM
He may be stall crazy if that's where you grain him. As far as the blanket thing, that's the total opposite of my horse. He hates his blanket. But 50 degrees in a midweight?? Its 50 here and everyone has just sheets on. Wow.
    10-27-2007, 09:30 AM
I feed him where ever I never feed in the same place two days in a row because I don't like the habit they form. Its really rainy up here and he wont even walk out in the rain without a turnout on. Everyone says he's spoiled and it may be but I just wanted to see if anyone else has a horse that is that picky.
    11-02-2007, 01:56 AM
You guys are funny!! :) I think we humans get to spoiling our horses just a bit! It is funny to think that horses used to run around without stalls or blankets, and somehow survived :)

I put sheets on my horses in the summer before shows, and I keep heavy weight blankets on hand in case they are needed. I also have insulated stalls that can be used if needed.

But...I did not blanket any of my four horses a single time last winter, and I did not stall a single horse. They had access to their unheated stalls run-in stye. Here's the kicker - the average temperatures were around 0 degrees to minus 10 degees, with temperatures dropping to minus 30 degrees for a few weeks. Every one of my horses were fat, FUZZY, and happy the entire time.

I guess they just adapt to their environment...Our mare came up last September from Colorado, and did fine. Our 19 year old gelding spent his first eight years in Arizona and California, and he is the fuzziest and fattest of the bunch. My other two are true cold weather veterans (one born and raised Alaska, and one Canadian).
:) :)
    11-07-2007, 10:32 PM
My horse loves her blanket! She sticks her nose out to get it pulled over her head. She also very neat in her stall. She 'goes to the bathroom' in the back left corner. She also NEVER pees in public! She's a very pampered girly-girl! LOL
    11-11-2007, 03:46 PM
My horses all stay out all winter and they do fine. We don't even have to feed them hay most of the time!! If we do, they do not eat it. They just leave it and go forage for food. The average temp her in the winter is 0 degrees F and they LOVE it. One of them is 20, and the fattest of them all. The only 2 I keep in are my weanling and I rotate the others to keep her company. We got a former barrel racer QH and he traveled and was stalled all the time until he went CRAZY!! The people that sold him were selling a bunch. They said," you don't want him, he's crazy and won't do anything, and is scared of everything. We are selling him to the killer" I was like AAAGGGGGGGHHHHH, no we will take him!!! And he is an angel and he loves the outdoors best. The only thing he won't do is calm down in an arena but that will come with time I am sure. I can't believe they were going to sell him to the killer!!! I love him and he wuoldn't hurt a fly. I trust him with my life, while they only wanted him dead.
    11-13-2007, 01:37 AM
Nita, That is disgusting! I don't understand how people can be like that with an animal's life. Some people just don't deserve to own horses. I wish there were a lisence!! :)

My horses are like family members. We may sell a horse from time to time, but are very careful about finding an appropriate home. We also generally buy horses planning that they will be with us long term.

I think that people who write off their horses like that, saying they are crazy are hopeless, need further education as horsepeople. Just because a person is not capable of understanding a horse, does not mean there is anything wrong with the horse.

I am sure your guy who used to be a barrel racer can't calm down in an arena, because he has a very strong association between arenas, and running his heart out full of adreniline. Barrel racing can be fun, but it is really hard on a lot of horses mentally. They are started pretty young, and expected to cope with the exteme mental excitement. Our 19 year old gelding was raised a barrel racer. He was injured (go figure) when he was 14, and hasn't raced since. We took him to a show playday last year, and were going to just lope him in some of the games...That old man was crazy :) It took everything I had to hold his speed in (he was like a lipizzaner hopping around, ready for take off) was very clear he had not forgotten how to do any of it, and was very excited to show that he still had it. It was pretty funny. By the way, his inury has been healed for years.
    11-13-2007, 12:15 PM
I agree that is disgusting. I originally went there to look at a grey TNW that they were selling but when they started to say that, I decided to take the qh because I knew where they where going to send him, and I knew that some people I know were also looking at the walker. They are good people and I knew he would go to a good home if I didn't buy him so I got the qh. When I first got him, he wouldn't even stop in an arena but he is getting better and I can even get him to do some reining moves!! I want to use him for reining because out of an arena he can do it all beautifully and he is getting better in an arena. He is becoming more trusting. Apparently their trainer was mean to him because he has trust issues and I think was literally broken to the trainers will because he had no mind of his own. If you pointed him at a fence he would go right thru it if you didn't stop or turn him. The trainer is gone now and I don't know where or I would have reported him.

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