10-06-2009, 11:53 PM
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Erin, I had him up in Durham. For two years, nobody ever saw his lying down. Every horse is different. Apparently my boy just likes to use his stall as his bed. I do wish the turnout in the new place were reversed. I'd much rather him be out in the daytime and in his stall at night. Part of what I didn't like about 24/7 turnout was that I knew he wasn't all warm and cozy at night. Keeping weight on a TB is hard enough without them having to burn half of it off trying to stay warm. A good part of the reason I board him is that I cannot be there to make the executive decisions on which blanket to put on him for which situations. I'm already not in agreement with anyone at this new place on blanketing. I believe he's better off growing a nice thick fuzz before supplementing it with blankenting. All of their horses already have blankets on, and it's been no colder than 45 at night so far. The new barn is nice and warm. It will be ironic if he's not in it when it matters.