02-21-2010, 11:42 AM
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Mine only come in at night during the winter, and that's just because I keep my riding mare clipped so she could potentially get colder. And, she's a total princess.
During the summer they are out 24/7 with access to two stalls open to the pasture and a lean to in the back.
The one thing you have to consider about keeping them in during the day when it's hot is if it's actually cooler in the barn, and think of such things as air flow. If it's hot and breezy outside, it's much better than hot and not breezy inside, get what I'm saying?
You also have to think of feeding. I don't feed morning hay in the summer because they have access to so much good grass, and they get hay at night when they are closed in from the the further back, lusher pastures.
But like I said, my vote is 24/7.