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        02-29-2008, 07:03 PM
      #11
    Showing
    I am a bit more different as well. I generally disagree with indoor board period. Horses were made to be outdoor animals. By keeping a horse indoors you not only cause stress on the horse but you are simply preventing them from being a horse and doing what they should be doing outdoors.

    Horses being indoors is always situation specific, as per the show season (the horse needs to stay clean over night), a sick animal, an old horse that just does not handle the outdoor temps and/or weather changes etc. But in general someone wanting indoor board I find is out of pure lazyness on the owner's end more so than the health and wellness of the animal.

    Like I said, don't jump on me. It is very situation based.
         
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        02-29-2008, 07:08 PM
      #12
    Showing
    I agree with M2G about the situational thing - I.e. Old horse that can't handle cold weather, but I would still turn it out, just with lots of rugs, and not leave it out too long. And overnight board is fine, I don't have a problem with that, as long as they're outside a major portion of the day ( like I said, my horses were in at 4pm earliest, and kicked back out at 8 am latest )
         
        02-29-2008, 10:41 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    I actually completely agree that indoor board is not the way to go.......but my circumstances are pushing me (and therefore for my filly in this direction). The BO where I currently board has been abusive so we will not be staying there, but the barn that has a stall available (I am on a waiting list else where) is an indoor stall with no run. I'm not sure yet exactly how long she will be stalled per day....I'll be out as much as possible around my work schedule (twice a day at least) and once I meet the other boarders hopefully I can get someone to turn out for me as well........BUT we don't have any pasture turnout, just an outdoor arena that is used almost exclusively for turnout. I'm frustrated.......I'm fully aware that it's not the best situation for my horse..........what I was asking for with this post was for any suggestions to keep my horse as sane and happy as possible until we can go somewhere else.
         
        02-29-2008, 10:58 PM
      #14
    Trained
    I posted about the Jimmy's Ball. :)
         
        02-29-2008, 11:38 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Get out and ride every single day or pay somebody to do so. Ride for a good length of time, and make the ride fairly active. Spend a lot of time playing with your horse before and after your ride. Turn out, let her walk around with you on lead, explore, sniff, and nibble on things. Converse with her while you walk her around. :) provide a lot of lower quality, munch hay. Meet the other boarders, and work deals where you will turn your horses out with each other every time each of you come up so the horses get turned out more and get more horsey interaction. I suppose that is all I can think of as I have never been in your situation.

    I know this is out of your control, but stalling is a tough situation! I feel so bad for stalled horses. I believe stalling contributes a lot to mental and physical problems in horses. I try to mimic what is natural as much as possible for my horses, and stalling is the exact opposite of that. If you think about it, pet mice, reptiles, and fish have it better than stalled horses as it comes to proportional square footage. :) I do agree with others that there is a time to stall (prior to shows, sick horse, etc.). Even with our older horse, we keep him turned out. I like to use run in sheds for the field, and run in style barns that are only closed up into stalls when stalling is needed - otherwise they have open access to stall or paddock.

    Good luck with the move.

    I hope you are able to get into a better situation soon. :)
         
        03-01-2008, 12:16 AM
      #16
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Got2Gallop
    I actually completely agree that indoor board is not the way to go.......but my circumstances are pushing me (and therefore for my filly in this direction). The BO where I currently board has been abusive so we will not be staying there, but the barn that has a stall available (I am on a waiting list else where) is an indoor stall with no run. I'm not sure yet exactly how long she will be stalled per day....I'll be out as much as possible around my work schedule (twice a day at least) and once I meet the other boarders hopefully I can get someone to turn out for me as well........BUT we don't have any pasture turnout, just an outdoor arena that is used almost exclusively for turnout. I'm frustrated.......I'm fully aware that it's not the best situation for my horse..........what I was asking for with this post was for any suggestions to keep my horse as sane and happy as possible until we can go somewhere else.
    Okay, understandable about your circumstance, and it's not terrible in a temporary situation...

    AK had some wonderful ideas :)
         
        03-07-2008, 05:35 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    I love giving horses turn out, but I also know a ton of horses that are stalled 24/7 and are completely happy about it.
    At the University of Findlay, we stalled about 300 horses in the western barn. None of them got turn out. Yes, you can imagine that a lot had stall vices (not all of them got worked enough) but there were just as many who were happy all the time, content in their stalls, and had no vices whatsoever. I know a horse is supposed to be put outside... but stalling, for some horses, really isn't that bad.
    Someone mentioned this, and it's important to remember--a happy horse is one that's eating, lol! So if you can offer low quality 'munch hay', she'll be much happier (it's kind of like grazing, right? Hehe). Some people in other countries actually feed straw, they just put molasses on it so the horse will eat it. They won't get any real nutritional value from it, so you wouldn't have to worry about her getting hot.
    Good luck!
         
        03-07-2008, 06:58 PM
      #18
    Foal
    My horse keeps pretty entertained just by her salt block, and the other horses next to her. She's stall 24/7 at the moment because of an eye injury. Once we get a fly mask, she'll be able to go out for a little bit most days a week. She seriously doesn't like staying out long, and is perfectly happy with staying in her stall. And she's the calmest horse in the barn.
         
        03-08-2008, 10:55 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    Poco LOVES his stall. Don't ask me why either. All he has is 2 water buckets, corner feeder, and his hay feeder. I ALWAYS keep hay in there no matter what and always keep water available as well as a salt lick. He's not a cribber, chewer, weaver, pawer, nothing.
         
        03-09-2008, 12:32 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    My horse has been at the new barn for a little over a week now and things are actually going great. Even though she's stalled a lot more, she's actually more relaxed than where we were before........which makes me wonder even more about how she was treated at the other barn. Plus I'M not stressed anymore so she doesn't pick up on that either! This place is ideal except for the lack of turnout but I'm doing my best to counterbalance that!
         

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