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  • Is it ok to leave a foal out over winter
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    11-21-2009, 03:32 AM
  #11
Foal
Providing they have food and some for of shelter then there's nothing wrong with a foal living out over winter. Its more natural for horses to be out than cooped up in a stable 16 hours a day.
     
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    11-21-2009, 08:23 AM
  #12
Weanling
There is no harm at all in them being left out,just keep your eyes open for any sign of rain scald,because you are def getting more then your air share of it
     
    11-21-2009, 09:57 AM
  #13
Started
Would these same people think it wise to keep a child inside all winter with no time outside? No time or place to play? I think not. We all know that the young need to exercise to build strong bones, not to mention the mind. Protecting from extreme elements is a good thing, but it doesn't necessarily mean shutting an animal inside. Unless your inside is a huge arena with lots of room to run. ;)
     
    11-21-2009, 11:52 AM
  #14
Started
My weanling is out 24/7 unless it's raining hard or storming, I bring all of the horses inside in those conditions. I do put a sheet or blanket on the weaner if it's under 35F or really windy...
     
    11-21-2009, 05:17 PM
  #15
Trained
I would leave them out 24/7 - Yep, even in bad weather. They are growing - They need time to just be horses, to be silly, to learn how to behave out in pasture, to learn how to stay warm and stay cool - And most importantly, they need to move around on their developing bones to give them the best chance at growing into strong, sound horses.

I have nothing but bad things to say to anyone who thinks it is ok to keep any horse, let alone a growing baby locked inside all winter.

My dad's boss breeds racehorses (TB's) and his foals are out all year round, with no shed - Only trees/ridges for shelter.
     
    11-22-2009, 04:39 PM
  #16
Weanling
Thanks everyone for making me feel better about keeping them out, I will still be bringing them in for the really bad weather and as it is not my field but a farmers I will keeping them off it when it resembles a lake. Its a very low lying field but I am glad that I do have a field. They are in at the minute and have been for the past week but they don't seem to mind as the weather is realy realy bad, havent had power all day long. Thanks once again on your opinions, don't think I could ever keep a foal in all winter, would break my heart and just love to see them out in the field
     
    11-22-2009, 04:49 PM
  #17
Started
Sounds good. The condition of the field does matter.
     
    11-22-2009, 08:12 PM
  #18
Trained
^ Agreed - Mine are only out 24/7 because their field has low parts and high parts and gullies - They can get out of any swampy bits or take shelter from the wind and rain. I wouldn't leave horses standing in water or mud.
     
    11-23-2009, 06:09 AM
  #19
Weanling
The top half of the field is usually a lot better than the bottom part, there are gullies all around the field but the bottom part does flood when severe weather comes in. Poor things still not out as weather is closing in again. But wed to friday looks good so fingers crossed can get them out again
     
    11-23-2009, 11:46 AM
  #20
Foal
I would get them a couple of mediumweight rugs , and keep them rugged up outside; they will be happy as larry. If you bring them in they can still keep the rugs on if its really cold, or just rug them overnight when they are in if they get a bit sweaty. I would only be bringing them in if the feild was suffering, ie so wet, or if it was very icy and slippery. Once rugged they can stay out in the rain and wind.
     

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