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    07-03-2009, 12:49 AM
I prefer the run in with full access to pasture vs stalling. I do now keep my 30 yr old blind appy in a 12x16 stall with the door open to a ??50X50ish paddock. I simply cannot let him be out with the herd anymore. I do let him out to graze when I can be where I can keep an eye on him. Before long he wants back where he knows the area. Up until this past winter he was out with the others 95% of the time. If I only had 2-3 horses he would be still. I do like the option of stalling one if I need to for any special reason, but I don't do it often at all. In my 36x60 barn I have 2 12x16 stalls and an open 24x32' run in in the south(horse) end of my barn. North(people) end is hay, alley/storage space, and tackroom.
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    07-03-2009, 01:39 AM
My horse has a stall plus good sized paddock. He also is turned out in a pasture during the day with a small herd -- no back shoes, of course. At our previous location, he was in a half-covered small paddock, and he was dangerous when led -- major pull backs, rears, corbettes, the works. Since moving, he has become MUCH saner with only some minor pulling back when he wants to go get that yummy patch of grass or isn't in the mood for a bath! A Monty Roberts dually halter helped, but it really is the outdoor social time that he needs.
    07-03-2009, 01:42 AM
I love everyones opinions.
    07-03-2009, 02:07 AM
I love the idea of having my horse on 24/7 pasture, but I think it's nice to have a stall around just case of an injury etc.
    07-03-2009, 08:37 AM
I love the idea of a run in shed, but I do keep mine stalled, with daily exercise, turnout, "work", or both. I just don't currently have the facilities (yet, hopefully, lol). I would love to someday build a run-in in their treeless paddock, when my ship comes in, lol.

My family also has beef cattle, and we leave them turned out 24/7, 365. In the summer, the have a 40+ acre pasture with lots of trees and plenty of cover if they want it, and open fields if they want them. In the winter, we move them down to a 13 acre pasture with a "barn" that the cattle have at will access to. They usually stay outside, even in nightmarish cold and blizzards, but they know the barn is there, and they know better than we do where they're comfortable. Most other farmers in out area confine their beef cattle for the entire winter. With cattle, so much moisture can be produced in winter confinement that fatal cases of pneumonia are considered common, even expected. In ten years, our open barn policy has gotten us only one case of pneumonia, and that was a calf born late in the summer and weaned too early by his mother, and he survived and has since thrived. We've aslo seen a lot more farmers turning their cattle out in the winter since we've lived here, lol.

Well, that's my cow rant, but it kinda goes back to what Macabre was saying about the health benefits of a natural lifestyle for livestock.
    07-03-2009, 09:48 AM
If I had to choose, I would choose a run-in. A lot of people take pampering too far and forget that horses need to be horses. Confine a horse too much, and a part of his spirit will be broken. Horses are hardy animals. I was working as a stable hand not long ago. There was a boarder there that had a small stall. She always had a blanket on her gelding. REFUSED that we let him into the paddock because she didn't want to get him dirty and have to groom him. That's the extent of that horse's life.... staring at confined stall walls and a seldom, quick trail ride. That's sad ={
    07-03-2009, 10:27 AM
I agree with the runins, I think they're the way to go. My gelding hates stalls, always has, he lives outside in a large pasture with a run in 24/7 with about 5 other horses. My mini also lives outside in a large paddock with a run in. Amber has a stall and comes inside at night. When I got her she hated having her halter put on, she hated being caught and she got VERY herdbound living outside 24/7 so I got her a stall and now that she's haltered and taken out and in twice a day she's like a different horse. She runs to you when its time to come in, throws her head into the halter and doesnt care about leaving her pasture mates one bit. So I do think there are good points with having a stall. She's goes out every morning around 7am and comes in around 4pm, and the pasture is HUGE! She's happy.
    07-03-2009, 10:32 AM
My guys are on a really similar schedule to Amber's, and they act much the same way: quiet and sane from their "mustang time," but people oriented and easy to halter and catch from the stall routine.
    07-03-2009, 12:26 PM
My guys are out 24/7 in the nice weather, being June, July, August and September but come the cold snowy months they are out dawn till dusk but spent the nights in stalls. While out they have nice shelters, in the trees and the shelters are insulted.
I want my guys in on the cold rainy/snowy nights so they can dry out. I pick their feet, brush as much mud off as I can and tuck them in with hot grain and good alfalfa hay.
I also body clip because I ride hard in the winter and a natural winter coat is just too heavy for cool running. A warm blanket with a rain sheet over that is required. It gets down to -20 some nights. The coldest I have seen the barn is 38 so water doesn't freeze.
I will never pasture board a horse.
    07-03-2009, 12:29 PM
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