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 behaviours...like 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 '.