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    12-01-2012, 03:52 AM
Putting A horse in the barn

My horse doesn't have a blanket yet, she is almost 2 and she has no shelter in her pen. I would like to put her in the barn but would it be a good idea if she has been outside her whole life (even though she is use to being in a barn for a few hours every once in a while) I was thinking just until I get a blanket for her, we get a lot of cold tempatures and freezing rain.
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    12-01-2012, 04:01 AM
    12-01-2012, 05:11 AM
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It could be unnerving for her. Barns creak and make other noises during wind, rain or storms. I honestly think horses for the most part would rather be outside. They are hardy animals and do fairly well on their own in bad weather. Ours are out 24/7 and only have trees for shelter. Not so much in winter with no leaves. We don't blanket them either.

You could try her out inside and see how she reacts. See if she paces around. Is there other horses going inside too?
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    12-01-2012, 08:52 AM
Green Broke
I'd start feeding her and grooming her in the barn.

Give her a little hay and leave for an hour or so. Come back and let her out.

I don't think it'll take long to get her used to being in the barn.
    12-01-2012, 09:00 AM
Green Broke
My new horse was petrified of the barn, wouldn't even walk into it. And when he finally did he gave himself bad diarreah. Anyways what I started doing was every night I'd bring him in and groom him and put treats in my pocket and reward him whenever he walked into the barn without a fuss. He's super treat oriented and will do anything for a treat. (Seriously) So, I used that to my advantage. Now he'll walk in but still alittle nervous, especially at night. But, were getting there. :)
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    12-01-2012, 11:25 AM
If she's not getting cold and seems to be doing ok id leave her out. My horses are in a pen with no shelter. They don't even have much for a wind break I hardly ever bring them in in the winter.
    12-01-2012, 01:55 PM
There will not be any other horses in the barn, only cats. And it will only be temporary. Sometimes when I go out there, she has isicles on her and she is young. I will be getting her a blanket for sure. But until I do...
    12-01-2012, 02:08 PM
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Go and buy her that blanket ASAP so you have something to throw on her if she does seem cold. Isolating her in a barn might just distress her if she's not used to it and no other horse to keep her company
My horses have no appreciation of living outside in bad weather and choose to come in but they are used to it and have each other for company
My farrier leaves his barn open for his horses and they wouldnt go out at all in the winter if he didnt chase them out and shut the doors so they get some exercise
    12-01-2012, 02:21 PM
I am hoping to one by christmas. If I do decide to put her in the barn, I will put her in for like 10 mins, grooming and stalling her, then taking her out, then the next day double the time, and once she gets use to it, keep her in there during the night, put her with the other horses during the day.
    12-01-2012, 03:31 PM
Our newest walking horse was mortified of a barn. She completely freaked out. She would dhske from head to toe. But after she learned that being in means food and lots of petting she can't stand to be locked out.

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