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    01-27-2010, 09:51 PM
  #1
Foal
Indoor vs. outdoor board

My question is.. what is your opinion on boarding a horse inside or outside? I have had my horse inside and outside, and it really seems that he does not like being inside, and since i'm going back to school I can't afford to keep him inside. I don't know somthing about keeping him outside all the time makes me feel bad. Am I just over reacting? (Please be nice)
     
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    01-27-2010, 09:59 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I wouldn't worry about pasture boarding him if he has access to hay, shelter, and clean water. I can totally relate as I am going off to college next year and my dream facility is too much money for stall board. They offer pasture board for a fraction of the cost and I am going to do that instead. My horse, much like yours, is happier outside anyway!
     
    01-27-2010, 10:01 PM
  #3
Yearling
I fully agree with eventerdrew!
     
    01-27-2010, 10:09 PM
  #4
Weanling
I am a college student and I 'pasture' board my horse. They have 2 run in shelters and automatic waterers and hay 2x a day. I am blessed with wonderful BO and when its really cold or rainy and then gets really cold (we have a lot of CRAZY weather here) they bring the pasture boarded horses in and just put them in the indoor arena to get them out of the elements. But I have both stall boarded and pasture boarded and I don't think stall is better in anyway.
     
    01-27-2010, 10:22 PM
  #5
Foal
Oh boy you sound just like me, I had a really hard time when I first got my new horse and had to send her outside to live as opposed to that stall that she was living in before I got her, she did just fine. This winter I did keep her inside but I only did that because I work at the barn and it was cheaper plus she was being trained at the same time. But now she is going back out in march and I am already freaking out, but I know deep down that she will be fine. Just remember that when you first put your horse out with the other horses they will re-oreder thier pecking order and that's okay just ride it out let it happen. GOOD LUCK.
     
    01-27-2010, 10:23 PM
  #6
Trained
I think all horses need outside time. I hate seeing horses locked in a stall all day, only getting out for rides and a few hours of turn out. It's just not natural. That being said, I bring my horses inside for the night over the winter for one reason, and one reason only. Ricci hates the rain and the cold. Leaving her outside would leave her miserable. She is a pampered princess that won't step foot in a drizzle without a blanket on. Would she live if I didn't cater to her preferences? Of course, but there's no reason to. All in all, your horse will be fine outside 24/7 as long as he has adequate shelter. =]
     
    01-27-2010, 10:27 PM
  #7
Green Broke
You couldn't pay me to indoor board my horses. I, personally, don't much believe in it. Stalling a horse creates nothing but problems, in my opinion. I understand it's a necessity for some, but I really don't think you should feel bad - your horse will probably appreciate his freedom much more. It's better for both circulation and digestion for your horse to be able to roam and preferably graze. We don't even have a barn, our entire crew lives outside year round and out of 8 horses, only 1 needs a blanket in winter.

In my experience, the ONLY reason a horse may appear to prefer a stall is because s/he has learned that they eat there. The multitude of boredom vices that develop out of stalling a horse are a testament to how most feel about being cooped up inside half the time.
     
    01-27-2010, 11:26 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
You couldn't pay me to indoor board my horses. I, personally, don't much believe in it. Stalling a horse creates nothing but problems, in my opinion. I understand it's a necessity for some, but I really don't think you should feel bad - your horse will probably appreciate his freedom much more. It's better for both circulation and digestion for your horse to be able to roam and preferably graze. We don't even have a barn, our entire crew lives outside year round and out of 8 horses, only 1 needs a blanket in winter.

In my experience, the ONLY reason a horse may appear to prefer a stall is because s/he has learned that they eat there. The multitude of boredom vices that develop out of stalling a horse are a testament to how most feel about being cooped up inside half the time.

I completely agree. Horses are healthier both mentally and physically outside as long as they have shelter, fresh water, good grass or hay. BO's couldn't pay me to 'inside' board my horse
     
    01-27-2010, 11:32 PM
  #9
Weanling
Living outside is better for horses in just about every way, mental health, digestive, joint and muscle, hooves(if they are barefoot). I used to bring my horse inside for about half the time(more if it was raining) and moving him to 24/7 pasture was absolutly the best horse decision I have ever made. He has always been a colicy horse but since I moved him outside he colics much less often, and when he does colic it is usually mild. He also used to come up lame from an old racing injury several times a year, and I have not any problems with that since he has been outside.

Don't feel bad about keeping your horse outside, he'll be healthier and happier, you will have a fuller pocket book, it's a win win.
     
    01-27-2010, 11:47 PM
  #10
Foal
Oh I'm so happy to hear all these comments.. makes me feel alot better about keeping him outside. Thanks for everyones input :):)
     

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