Opinions on keeping horses out on pasture 24/7?
I have the oppertuinity to put up some fence and use a very large field for grazing my 6 horses very cheap.
My big question is, what are people's oppinions on keeping horses outside 24/7 durring the warmer months? I live in NY so they potentally could graze until October..
The thing is there is no barn/run in or anything on the property. We would have the field, access to water and electricity and thats about it. There is also a tree line that could be incorparated in the paddocks for shade/shelter...
I plan on moving them home durring the winter, have a 6 stall barn at home, just no grazing, all dry lots.
2 of my mares (Appaloosas 8 and 18 y/o) were outside all year round 24/7 for 5 years before I got them.
1 of my geldings (TB 20 y/o) currently not home, is outside already 24/7 with access to a runin. He weaves his head badly when stalled.
2 of my mares (breeding stock paints 5 and 7 y/o) have been outside with access to a runin about 2 years (have not had them home)
And last but not least 1 of my geldings (belginXQH 16 years) has been in the same situation as the paint mares, access to a run in although he prefers to be out most of the time.
All these guys are light duty trail horses other then one paint and one appy who are not yet broke. So no fancy showhorses here if that matters...
So what are everyones thoughts on keeping horses out 24/7 durring nice weather? What would you do in my situation? This is super nice pasture, the owners had horses (8 of them they claim) on it 3 years ago and didnt feed any hay or grain when the weather was nice so I could potentaily feed my horse for free...