Basically I'm a total no0b to stalling a horse. All I really know is all the bad stuff and nothing really about increasing the "good" of stalling.
Due to a myriad of factors, I'll be stalling Lacey overnight, every night during the winter/fall/spring. With her terrible eyesight and her propensity towards mud fever plus a few other issues, I just feel like stalling is our safest+healthiest option.
Right now, she has a 12x12 covered and bedded stall area, plus a 22x18ish, partially covered (the overhang off the roof), outdoor area that has rubber mats in all standing areas.
Her water is on one side of the outdoor area and I've hung a hay net high up on the edge of the stall, opposite of the water. I know the bad things about hay nets but to my mind, keeping her tummy+mind busy all night is the important thing here.
I've also started throwing a small flake of hay into the back corner of the indoor area to encourage even more movement.
From the locations of her poop piles, she's been traversing pretty much the whole stall at night - fun cleaning! Hahaha
Last night she also finally laid down to sleep - I'm thrilled that she had poop on herself! Haha she doesn't lay down during the day generally at all so that's really important.
She's also finally started peeing while she's in. She had been just holding it, ALL night. O.o
Anyway, stalling pros, how do I make being stalled as healthy as possible for my old lady? Without spending my life's "savings" that is!
And sorry if this is disjointed...phones don't lend themselves to keeping a single thought. Haha!
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