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        04-30-2008, 11:58 AM
      #11
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by WildFeathers
    JustDressageIt- oh, and I love your signature, I want to steal it!
    Thank you! I was just fiddling around on a photomanip program and that's what it became!

    This is a very neat topic, I'm really enjoying reading everyone's opinions!
         
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        04-30-2008, 12:34 PM
      #12
    Foal
    JDI-
    No prob, it's very neat and signatur-ish, and I love about the whispering too.
    Me too, I'm so curious of other people's opinions, and I'm glad I didn't come across as trying to start a fight!
         
        04-30-2008, 04:38 PM
      #13
    Showing
    Those chickens that the HSUS tested must have been a whole lot smarter than mine
         
        04-30-2008, 05:27 PM
      #14
    Started
    I float my horses teeth when they need it (usually once a year)... and I feed them half a gallon once a day, but that's it as far as 'treats' and stuff goes. They have NEVER seen the inside of a stall, and have a barn that they can go in and out of at their leisure. If they need something like feed made specifically for fattening them up, then I'll get it. I don't call a vet out for every little thing... for the most part, I'll take care of the problem myself and only call the vet out if it's really serious.

    My horses are on pasture 24/7 with free choice hay and grass and we keep them supplied with a salt and mineral lick... that's it.
         
        04-30-2008, 05:31 PM
      #15
    Trained
    My horses live a pretty natural life and I think that is the way it should be.

    Our horses all live out in a pastures the mojority of the time. We usually let thm foal on their own out in the pasture as well (with a close eye on them) We've had foals while it's been snowing and they have been just fine.

    Our horses never have grain, unless for a treat, or for quick weight gain (such as in Dillon's case) Our broodmares have not had any hay all winter and they are all fat, becuase they know how to be horses and are not over sensitive. The only reason our studs get hay is because there is not alot of grazing in their pasture after summer.

    We only float teeth when it's necessary or causing a problem. We do have a regulary deworming and hoof trimming schedual.

    We try to let our horses have the most natural life possible. The only time we intervine (other then riding of course) is when there is a problem or health issue.
         
        04-30-2008, 10:39 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    My horses are turned out for the better part of the day, and are brought in at night to eat hay and grain. They eat grain the morning and are out to a pasture of grass large enough to accommodate 20 horses without being overgrazed. They are always offered hay though, I put at least one flake out per horse and it is usually untouched until the end of the day. They come in when the sun starts to go down and are turned out at sunrise. They are stalled in bad weather (thunder/lightning/blizzards/hail/icy) but if it is pouring out with no thunder, they are out because they can always hide in the trees or shelter if need be.
         
        05-01-2008, 06:27 AM
      #17
    Showing
    I personally don't know anyone who keeps a horse in a stall 24/7 unless there is a health problem. Is that done sometimes? There are a few places that board horses in my area and I always see them out during the day. I guess I'm a little stupid when it comes to how other people keep horses.
         
        05-01-2008, 08:35 AM
      #18
    tim
    Weanling
    Well, I know that when I go to shows that last several days, my horse is kept in his stall 24/7 unless I'm exercising or showing him. There are no fields at shows.

    And when you think about certain shows like Quarter Horse Congress that last an entire month, it's not hard to imagine that some show barns would keep their horses inside 24/7 at least during the summer so that they wont be missing their turn-out when they are at shows.

    Also, people like the keep their show horses inside a lot for the same reasons people leave their Ferrari's in a garage with a cover over it and never drive them.
         
        05-01-2008, 10:12 AM
      #19
    Trained
    Ok... I gotta put in my 2 cents on the chicken thing...I live smack in the middle of chicken country. :roll: the houses that the chickens are raised in are not as bad as everyone makes them out to be. Its a topic just like any other that a bleeding heart can get ahold of and twist and spin to make a case for their point of view. Sure there are a few crappy ones, but around here Tyson keeps a STRICT watch on the farms and if you want that Tyson contract for birds you had better keep all your stuff up to standards. Around here a Tyson contract = a paycheck...pure and simple. The chickens are not all debeaked...it would cost too much. They don't live in dark warehouses. The houses are specially designed for the chickens ( no not a chicken condo) and they are lit during the night. You can manipulate the growth of chickens with the amount of light they get. There is a 6-8 week turnaround from when the chicks come in to when they get hauled to the processing plant. They use a special cross bred chick that grows fast and matures early...meat birds. Its no different from feedlot cattle in Iowa (raised around) or puppymills...lol...not ALL farmers-breeders are BAD. I personally think its high time that we all use our BS filters instead of letting other people give us our opinions or tell us how we should feel.

    Whew....that felt good! Haven't ranted for a while!
         
        05-01-2008, 12:02 PM
      #20
    Super Moderator
    Mine only go in long enough to eat breakfast and dinner and then they go right back out. I have 2 stalls that are always propped open so they can escape the weather, I also have an overhang that covers the length of the barn. I have never kept mine in, but you know what is funny?

    Those fancy places that people pay $700 per month to stay at? Their horses get like an hour turnuot per day. AN HOUR! And they pay all that money... it amazes me...
         

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