Originally Posted by BigBenLoverforLife View Post
Thanks! He is actually turned out from 5 am to 6 pm so he isnt inside 24/7. I can't feed him myself since they feed one serving of grain a day at 2 pm. With the roundbale and grass thing, most of the 70 acres is woods, with 2-3 open field areas so there is not a ton of grass for them to eat. Typically when I do go out to get him, he is all the way in the back, and its a good 10-20 min walk depending on which way you go..
I thought you said he comes when you call him?
Anyways. About the last post:
1) That's pretty common among boarding pastures. ALL of the horses want to come in. You just shoo them away. (I kind of think it's funny myself, when I go get Clem. As I walk her to the barn and we get noticed, we gain a hugely sizeable following).
2) If he's thirsty, he'll drink. He might prefer something else, but if it comes down to it he will drink.
3) All day turnout would help build up resistance against sensitive feet.
4) None of us are telling you you're a terrible horse owner. It just seems that, if 24 hour turnout would fix his issues, you should let him have 24 hour turnout. Your reasons he's on stall board still seem like things that are easily fixed once outside. And okay, so he needs the probiotic - you said you're out there every day anyways, give it to him then. Ask the barn owner to. Wouldn't be too hard I'd think.
Most of us are just getting worked up over the fact that everyone on the thread, with dozens more years of horse experience, are telling you exactly how to stop your cribbing horse, as well as possibly fix a few of his other issues. And it sounds like you don't want to do that because of convenience. I don't see any reason that, even if you don't think it could work, you couldn't try it. Walking to go get him or having to go feed his probiotic is nothing compared to a happy healthy pony.