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        05-01-2008, 05:49 PM
    Originally Posted by farmpony84
    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...
    Board fees aren't measured in turn-out time.
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        05-02-2008, 11:53 AM
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    No Tim.... Board fees are not measured in turn out, but golly gee, wouldnt you think you would get decent turn out time for that amount of $$$. Since horses are much more prone to injury when they do not have the proper turnout and excersize.
        05-03-2008, 04:48 AM
    Ya I try hard to keep my horses as natural as possible, Heck I even led my white TB down to the beach so he could have a roll and such in the water and sand.....being because I want my horses to act out natural rolling and playing..... I incourage it :)

    That's why I love trekking/trailriding and such, the horse is out and about wandering like they would when they move about to new grazing and things like that in the wild.

    My horses are both out in a paddock every single day of the year, I don't even have a pen/yard let a lone a stable, ( lol I don't own the land so can't put thing slike that in , might be help full sometimes tho )
    They arnt fed anything aside from grass, they only get some hay in winter if they need it, and Foxy gets barley and chaff in winter because he's a older TB :roll: and they get the odd treat but that's it.

    I have also turned both boys barefoot since begginning of last year

    But I totally agree its man intrusion that creates the problems and vises horses get. That's why I get pissed when people blame the horse for being naughty.

    Its also tho worth remembering that horses may very well have extinct if it wernt for people wanting to ride them, and the competition side of horses. Because they were no longer needed for labour work on farms in the older days they tecnically became usless...and fazed out. So in that respect it is a good thing that they were domesticated as ' pets '.
        05-04-2008, 03:03 AM
    I would like to say I let my horse live naturally but the fact of the matter is there is hardly any land where I live (San Francisco Bay Area) and our board just got raised to $625 a month for a 12' by12' with a 12' by 12' paddock attached.

    There are pastures but I show and keeping my horse outside during school and show season just doesn't work, he's a terrible keeper in the first place being a thoroughbred eventer trying to keep weight on him is like trying to hold water in your hands, even in the stall where he gets to eat all day long.

    When he gets his mid season break in june or july he goes out in a semi private pasture with 2 or so other horses and comes back 200 lbs lighter (not even exagerating). So he gets the best I can do with time and money constraints and I try to turn him out for a few hours a day in a large paddock.

    Hopefully I get accepted to my first choice college in maryland so he can get fat and happy in green pastures on the east coast, not the horrific california idea of a pasture I discovered when I moved here.

    Anyways about the whole floating thing like I said I have a thoroughbred and he has a awful habit of grinding his teeth so he gets a float every 6 months because he develops hooks so sharp the cut his cheeks. If some see that as bad then so be it, if I must keep my horse inside he will get his teeth floated so he can be comfortable while he's inside.
        05-04-2008, 08:43 AM
    As others, we do what is necessary. Our mares are never stalled unless for an injury like a wrenched ankle (and we treat those with stall rest and bute). They have free choice hay, only a cup of grain as a treat after working/riding. An apple occasionally as a treat. Shelter if they want it, but they really only use it as a wind break when there is a cold, rainy wind in the winter..otherwise they prefer to be out, even in storms and hail. They are all barefoot and we trim ourselves with just a rasp every few weeks. They get their shots annually and scheduled wormings. They have never had colic or foot abscesses, I think many horses have problems because people think they know what is better for them than nature. For us, it is 'KISS'...'Keep it Simple, Stupid'
        05-04-2008, 08:53 AM
    Ha ha KISS ^^ I'll have to remember that.
        05-04-2008, 11:42 AM
    Well, you might not like this...
    But the fact is that the part of year that Icelanders(people) ride horses they are pretty much stalled ! Ofcourse they go outside for some period of time, but there isnīt any grass or anything like that (where are you going to find grass in the late winter/early spring in Iceland) and they are worked every day, well most of them ! But when summer starts they get to be out with almost no human contact for about 6 months (show horses less though) The only human contact is that they maybe given food in the harsh weathers, or possibly taken inside when a storm passes over ! But if the weather is ok then they just roam about in herds learning to be horses, no rides, no shoes, no nothing !
    And the breeding process here is mostly natural ! There was a thread here a short while ago about that subject and I was surprized to see that almost everybody agreed that "the natural way" was bad because they were going to get hurt ! I just thought what ?

    But I also think that people have started to think that natural=good but as pointed out earlier that is not the case ! New things can improve what was before !

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