Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Liverpool, England
I think that SOME people on this thread are being completely flippin crazy. Like seriously! Can you say dramatic?
My horse lives out in summer, and in at winter apart from around 3 hours a night. To be honest, i feel guilty putting the poor girl out in the weather we have! Despite the fact that there is a feild shelter with food in I, she will stand by the fence and just wait and wait to come in. You can't say I've trained her to like her stable, as she lives out in summer and loves it, but she just clearly doesnt want to stay out in the winter.
She is always well behaved in the stable, alert, happy looking and much more calm than when she was in the field. She doesnt have any vices, and its just stupid to suggest that all stabled horses are less happy than turned out horses. She gets exercise every day, and is suitably rugged up since she is fully clipped. Turning her out would also be inconveniant, as once i'd ridden her she would be sweaty, and then go into a cold field; I wouldn't like to clip her and then make her live in the field if she doesnt want to O.o
Some people also seem to be completely ignoring some of the bad points of living out! What abour rain scald?what about mud fever? Thrown shoes? Fighting?bullying?lack of feed due to aggressive horses?sun burn? Sweet itch? Fly bites? The list goes on, and this issue is not as black and white as some people are acting like it is. Obviously, I like to have my horse turned out when she is happy, but if she is not then it is just as cruel as stabling a horse that wants to be out.
No stables at my barn are dirty for more than an hour or two, as they get skipped out, the shavings are dust extracted and they have adlib feed available. I really don't see the problem with this, and clearly neither does my horse.
Also, some people are far too quick to blame pure bad manners on being stalled. Clearly for a horse to be so rude in the stable, it simply does not respect the handler. Blaming turnout is sometimes an easy way out, and I've seen an equal amount of badly behaved horses on 24/7 turnout.
Basically, I love turnout, but i'm no going to tear my hair out with grief if I want to stable my horse sometimes.