Hay, Pasture, and Happy Horse

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Hay, Pasture, and Happy Horse

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    11-02-2013, 03:21 PM
Hay, Pasture, and Happy Horse

Boarding #1. 24 hour pasture. 2 pads of hay 2X. Grain, minerals and electrolytes. Out in a pasture with another horse, far from social/tack up area. Way far out, can't see the horse, horse can't see people.

Boarding #2. Dry Lot of more than 1/2 acre with another horse. Almost unlimited hay. Grain, electrolytes, flax, 1x month sand clear. Near the barn and social area. Sees people all day. Has stall for bad weather and feeding grain.

Bottom line: #1 -24 hour pasture , no people to see. Does not respond to seeing me.
#2, drylot with lots of hay, sees people all day. Nickers to see me.

I wonder if one is psychologically better than the other? I guess that's my concern. Does she care if has access grass all day, or hay all day?

I feel guilty about removing her from 24 hour pasture to a dry lot with hay. Or can she really be more content being around people?
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    11-02-2013, 03:41 PM
Horses are born to be walking and grazing all day and night. The more space the better Imho.
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    11-02-2013, 03:46 PM
Other than the loss of someone who will notice if your horse is colicking (being able to see her at all times) , the horse does not NEED to be able to see humans. Not at all. If there are other horses around, that is enough.

If you can have a horse on open pasture, able to roam with other horses, this is best for the horse. May not be best for YOU. Both of the boarding situations sound pretty good. Not everyone can even offer their horses all day turnout on a dry lot. So, you're doing well with either.
    11-02-2013, 03:55 PM
I have a freind whos horses run on 160 acers they don't always see people but are a very happy herd of horses. They still are very freindly can walk out there and all the horses want attension.

My gelding I own now came from there he never saw a barn or dry lot from the time he was born. Never got grain in winter hay only and survived just fine. Wish I had land like that so my horses could roam and be just horses.

Think alot of my horses issues are due to the way iv kept him over the years. My freinds horses don't have any issues with laminitis colick or any metabolic issues, they don't ever see grain its pasture and hay in winter.All her horses are healthy weight and look great. Think 24/7 pasture is a good thing for horses that's what they are ment to do graze 24/7 and cover many miles. Just my two cents worth.

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