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    View Poll Results: What do you think is best?
    Out 9 hours during day,In during night 5 62.50%
    In During day, Out during night 0 0%
    Either one works well 3 37.50%
    Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 8. You may not vote on this poll

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        02-21-2010, 10:21 AM
    Either one would work ok, depending on how hot it is where you live !!

    My horse really likes coming into his stall, he has a comfortable place to lay down & hay that he doesnt have to share.
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        02-21-2010, 10:34 AM
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    Mine are only stalled at night during the winter. In the summer they only come in to eat. They have shelter to get away from the heat and the flies.
        02-21-2010, 10:41 AM
    I guess it depends on your horse.
    I personally prefer 24/7 pasture with access to shelter.
        02-21-2010, 10:42 AM
    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.
        02-22-2010, 03:04 PM
    24/7 is the best for most horses. Unless you have a really good reason to stall your horse for 15 hrs a day you will save yourself time/money and you will have a happier/healthier horse.
        02-22-2010, 03:46 PM
    I prefer having a stalled horse in the winter because it's sub-arctic here. So riding and then turning the horse back out into -40C weather without walking it for hours doesn't happen...
    In the summer, I also like having a stalled horse because it is show season and he is in a stall 24/7 for up to 5 days at a time and it is nice for him to be "conditioned" to that. It doesn't get super hot here so they go outside during the day and are in at night.
    For a horse that isn't in competitions/demos then they should be fine on 24/7 turnout. You also have to keep in mind that a lot of places don't have the pasture space for horses to be outside 24/7 and they have to rotate them. In that case it would depend on the climate if I would want them out at night or during the day.

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