Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.