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post #1 of 32 Old 08-19-2009, 04:42 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone stall their horses 24/7? I personally don't believe in it - I think it's un-natural and in some circumstances plain wrong. I realise that there are particular circumstances - a horse at my work will get extremely distressed whilst he is in a paddock and only calm down once inside his stall. For this reason he is stalled 24/7. But I still don't believe in it for pure human convenience. Horses are programmed to grazed up to 16 hours a day, this is generally a far cry from any horse that has a stable routine. Everyday I see horses cooped up 24/7 for no apparent reason. I think this is wrong. Opinions?
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post #2 of 32 Old 08-19-2009, 04:52 AM
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I wouldn't stable 24/7 unless it was reccomanded for some reason. I don't even stable my horse.

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post #3 of 32 Old 08-19-2009, 08:22 AM
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our race horses are stabled at all times unless

A- they are out on the track working/racing/ or in the crossties being put away

B- they are injured or have quit racing for the year or an amount of time and are turned out for the rest of the year or an amount of time

C- an occational weeked or weeks turn out for rest from work

our broodmares are turned out at all times unless

A- the paddock floods (happens when we get really bad rain storms, which we have had a lot of this summer)

B- the weather it just THAT bad
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post #4 of 32 Old 08-19-2009, 08:33 AM
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I don't stable our horses at all. They have access to a shed if they want in out of the weather. However, they usually don't use it - they seem to prefer standing in amongst the trees - even in bad weather. Go figure.

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post #5 of 32 Old 08-19-2009, 09:23 AM
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We are moving next month to our new place, and we will have 5 stalls there, which I am excited about. I like having the option to put them up in the barn during periods of too much rain, bad weather, rescues that need more weight, and so we can get a stallion, and for the Arab mare we have bred next year when she foals.

That all said, clearly horses should be able to be turned out. Imagine what people would think if crated your dog or cat all day and night, year after year, not even letting them out to use the bathroom but every now and again. You'd never be approved to adopt from a pet rescue, let me assure you. I do not know why it became okay to stall horses 23 hours of the day, but in many cases, it is owner convenience only. . . cases where there is no room, but people would like to have a horse, but they can only get out a few times a week to get the horse out of the stall. . . hmmm, I don't think it is ideal at all - but I know it is rarely from anything but the best of intentions.
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post #6 of 32 Old 08-19-2009, 10:16 AM
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I'm not positive about 16 hours of grazing. My horses most of the time prefer hay to the grass. When I let them go to the grass pasture in couple hours they are on gate waiting for me to take them back to the main field. And while there they start hay like they were not fed for the day. They also spend lots of time in shed.

However I do agree that 24/7 stabling is something unnatural and don't do a horse any good. 24/7 outside is much healthier and I stick with it personally. Although I did 24 hours stabling for couple days in row when we had ice all over (really, really bad and slippery), but it's an extreme condition.
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post #7 of 32 Old 08-19-2009, 10:21 AM
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My horses are turned out to a "pen" not a

But stalling 24/7 seems unnatural and its no right.

Maybe being in from 8 am to 8 pm (stalled) is what sounds ok to me.
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post #8 of 32 Old 08-19-2009, 10:27 AM
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we bring horses in for part of the day but all of them are out for some portion of the day, unless they have a health issue. But usually if they can't go out they're turned out in the ring with another horse. =]

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post #9 of 32 Old 08-19-2009, 10:38 AM
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I only stall during feeding time, then right back out! Horses are physically and mentally healthier when turned out as much as possible.

The only time I might have a horse in a stall for an extended period is if the horse is injured/ill, during storms that could produce hail, during cold winter storms that are icy (sleet or freezing rain), or the night before a show to keep them clean and (hopefully) injury free.
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post #10 of 32 Old 08-19-2009, 10:42 AM
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I think it is completely WRONG to stall a horse 24/7. I dont care if its a top of the line race horse or whatever. Thats no excuse! It is completely wrong in my eyes. Horses need time to be horses! I can see if there is a medical issue, then thats okay, but even then, you should at least hand walk the horse and get it outside.

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