Originally Posted by SallyRC123
Let em' graze!! It's natural! You Americans love your stables!
You should watch your generalizations. I've NEVER kept my horses in a stable. They live outdoors year round in Minnesota's bitter cold ass winters. They are not rugged/blanketed and have a three sided shelter and free choice hay to keep them warm during our -25 degree (F) winters. The only people that I know that stable their horses on a regular basis are show barns that do not have adequate shelter outdoors to protect the horses from inclement weather. That and Saddlebred barns...
My point is that even if you do keep your horse outside all year round, at least in MN the are on hay for about 6-8 months because we don't have any grass. When the new grass comes up in the spring it is very rich and can cause many problems with horses (colic, laminitis, etc) if you just throw them out. Besides the fact that you trash your pasture and don't have any grass by July (by which point we stop getting rain for quite awhile).... So basically its taking good care of our horses and our land to slowly acclimate them to the new pastures.