I will be moving my horse to a different stable soon and I am wondering if I should have him on full board or pasture board, and if pasture board, what I should look for in a pasture. He is a four year old high energy arabian who is a little underweight. He has pretty good hooves, but he has shoes on his back hooves because of uneven wearing since most of his exercise comes from lunging. Right now he is on full board, pasture at daytime and stall at nighttime. I would like to put him on pasture board because it gives them more time for forage and strengthens their bones and hooves, plus exposes them to their natural behavior. I am wondering if it would be right for him, since surely there are reasons horses are stalled. If pastures are so great, how come most people stall their horses? What are the ups and downs of stalling versus pastures?
And, what makes for a good pasture?