01-05-2010, 03:34 PM
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Excellent article. It makes me happy to see the natural way being promoted more - way to many people think they're being helpful by keeping a horse in a stall when in reality, horses suffer such poor circulation in their legs they have to be able to move around to keep warm. Bitterly cold temps really don't feel any different whether you're inside a barn or outside a barn - it's the wind that's the killer. I'd rather see the horse with adequete provisions and being permitted outside to move around, keep warm and decide for himself where he wants to be.
I've always found it ironic that boarding barns charge twice as much for a stall. You couldn't pay me to stall my horse! I intend on having a small barn with a few stalls when I purchase my property and it will be strictly for treating ill horses, tacking up, foaling out, etc.