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post #1 of 37 Old 07-02-2009, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Stall vs. Run-in

I would love to see everyones views on which they prefer stalls or run-ins?

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post #2 of 37 Old 07-02-2009, 10:55 PM
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I have both, I guess you could say. A stall with a run. At night, I shut the door to the run. I don't think I could ever have a stall without a run again.. I love it! On rainy days when I don't put them outside, they still get out. And even after they come in from a whole day outside, they can still walk around before and after dinner.
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Run-Ins.

I am a firm believer that a horse should be able to go outside, even if a small pasture, at free will.
And if it can't, if its stuck in a stall in a barn, then it should at least be turned out all day or all night.

Its healthier and much more natural for a horse to be outdoors. We wonder why so many horses have ulcers and nervous disorders...
I would too if I was stuck in a 12x12 area all day & all night.

Just my two cents though. :)
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I like that idea.

Both my horses have 24/7 run in. They do turn into stalls but I only put lock them in if it's really horrible outside. Otherwise I let them stand in the light rain, or snow. If you couldn't tell I'm a huge fan of being as natural as possible. As long as the horse gets adequate outside time I really don't disagree with putting them in a stall. When Gunther turned three he went to 45 days of training and people gave him many complements of how muscular he was for only being 3, and that's because he's always outside and he's running around darting between the trees in the paddock.

Versus the other horses that came in for training (all 3) they were all scrawny and so nervous.
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Yeah, my horses are outside all day. And then when it's time to come in, their rull is open. I close them at night though.
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I am a huge advocate of natural turn out and grazing. I've seen so many stalled horses with owners talking about colic like it's a natural thing, it's shocking to me. I've been around horses since I was born, so almost 24 years and my grandpa's been with horses his entire life and he's 75 now. In that entire time, neither of us has had an instance of colic in our horses. His Arabian herd ran on 80 acres of pasture, with a small barn to come into for cold winter nights.

I do like having a small barn for instances of injury, but other then that, I have little use for barns. We don't even have a barn right now, and the herd comes through bitter Canadian winters fat and sassy. Most of them don't even require blankets, they grow such thick, natural coats. We have proper blankets on hand for those that need them.

You couldn't pay me money to stall my Arab mare. She goes bat**** crazy when she's confined for extended periods of time. She's been all natural since she was born, aside from her stay at my grandpa's where she was stalled at night during winter. And personally, I don't believe that's beneficial to a horse whatsoever. In -40 temps, a horse should be able to move around to keep warm, a stall is asking for trouble. I think a good blanket and a wind break is all most horses should need, and even then, I prefer not to blanket unless neccesary because the equine coat was designed for insulation and protection in all elements.

I just find a vast decrease in health problems the more natural a horse is permitted to live.

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I just find a vast decrease in health problems the more natural a horse is permitted to live.
I completely agree 100%.
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I agree, the thing is, throughout all the years where horses have been domesticated, I think they've lost some of their "wild horse" abilities. Just like dogs, they were wolves once before, but now domesticated. I completely agree 100% with horse's needing natural habitats for natural instincts, but I think, sadly, due to domestication and the evolution that came with it, its beginning to drastically change.
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Macabre, The first day Gunther was locked in a stall (for training) he tore it apart, eventually got use to it, but you could tell something in his eyes changed. He hated it! . The owner of the barn won't let him board there because of it, haha, who cares I have better places to go if needed. The trainers who rent part of the barn out will.
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I agree, the thing is, throughout all the years where horses have been domesticated, I think they've lost some of their "wild horse" abilities. Just like dogs, they were wolves once before, but now domesticated. I completely agree 100% with horse's needing natural habitats for natural instincts, but I think, sadly, due to domestication and the evolution that came with it, its beginning to drastically change.
I don't even know if that makes sense. Forget it, haha
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