Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
The barn I used to be a Working Student at, had a fabulous BM the first 2 years I was there.
The rule was, horses came in when it started to get dark, and horses are turned out by 7:00am.
I had to work with 30 horses a day.
The stalls, were not only lined with thick rubber mats, but also a good amount of shavings for bedding. The majority of the pile of shavings went into the middle, and during the time the horses are in the stall, they sort out the shavings themselves through their movements.
The horses were not only out on turn out in LARGE paddocks for the majority of the day, but were in their stalls for short periods of time, well padded.
Then that BM left, and a new one came in and that was when things went to pot.
The horses were left in their stalls, but when the last BM left, she took all her rubber mats - which left the horses standing on cement floors, with straw, instead of shavings.
The horses were left in for longer periods of time, instead of out at dawn and in at dusk, they were in for up to 13 hours a day.
Nelson would come out of his stall, stocked up, swollen and stiff.
Now Nelson is out for the most part, 24/7 and he has been the most happiest horse ever since I met him.
Pasture all day. Brought in at 4:00pm for dinner. In a padded stall, with shavings.
I get there after work 5:00pm, and ride and then he gets turned back out with all his companions for the rest of the night.
They come back in for breakfast, and turned back out until 4:00 and then turned back out.
He is the most healthiest.
I wholeheartedly agree, horses should be turned out for the majority of the time.