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    07-03-2009, 03:47 PM
My horse Ace is being leased at the moment and he is kept in a one paddock at night and then let in a pen that they move everyday so he can have grass until they get something more permanent set up. He has trees and if it's really bad he stays inside at the barn down the street. But he's older and being outside and able to move around really helps with his joints and his stiffness.

Flower is out from for half the day and then in her stall. I really wish we had 24/7 turnout but I do get up to exercise her almost everyday and she doesn't mind. At the moment she's out in a smaller paddock with a run in that she stands in all day, it's adorable. But hopefully soon she'll be able to go were she used to. I think it's 40 acres? I'm not sure. But it's huge and they have to run up a long hill to get to the grass and it really helps with her muscles.

If/When I get my own place, I would keep my horses out 24/7 with a run-in but also have a barn to bring them in for feeding, injuries, and bad weather. I would rather have one than not.
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    07-03-2009, 04:02 PM
My horses are currently out 24/7. They have shelter with the trees that are there, but most times you'll see them still grazing in the rain (glad to know they know they won't melt if they get wet haha)

Unfortunately I board so I have to go with whatever is around me.
What I would really like when we get our own place is to have a barn with 2-4 stalls but have the stalls open right into the paddock area. That way I can keep it open and they can come and go as they please, but if for any reason they had to be stalled, I have that option as well.
    07-06-2009, 12:34 PM
I prefer run-ins. As long as they have the opportunity to get out of the nasty weather I think it is much better for them to be outside, in a herd as much as possible. I live in MN and my hores stay out all day/night in every kind of weather we have. They are never blanketed either. When it gets nasty cold (-25 before wind chill) they get as much hay as they can eat to help them keep warm. The only time I've seen the weather negatively effect their health/behavior is in the summer when its really hot/muggy and the gnats are attacking. But, I stilll wish that I had a stall for emergency use. I've had a couple of injuries where a stall would've come in handy for a couple of hours.
    07-06-2009, 01:01 PM
My horses just have 3/4 acre paddocks with 3-sided shelters. My older horse has been in every type of situation. Stall night/out day, stall with run in, and out 24/7...he prefers to be out 24/7...his arthritis, his attitude everything got better when he is turned out 24/7.
    07-06-2009, 01:22 PM
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    07-06-2009, 01:29 PM
My old horse was in a pasture with just trees for most of her life, she hated to be in a stall. However before she died she had to be put in a stall. (the vet said because of wild animals in our area she was better off there if she happened to die while alone) She did get euthanized, but the point is sometimes a stall is necessary. We have an old partially blind appy who is kept in during the day and another horse with a bowed tendon who has to be kept in.

Having said that having a run in is the best, just hate to clean it every darn day because my horse always goes to the bathroom in it even though she has a nice big pasture, BRAT! :)
    07-06-2009, 02:19 PM
I guess our set up would be considered more of a run in. The barn has two stalls that open to the corral. We keep the stall doors open at all times.
    07-06-2009, 03:29 PM
I was ordering my run-in from PA (Amish-build). So first I wanted to go with only run-in. After careful thinking I decided to pay all these extra and add 2 stalls (mostly in case of injury that I have to stall). So now I have run-in + 2 stalls combo. 90% cases I just use the run-in (stalls are locked), but in a bad weather (storm, snow, ice) I'm VERY happy I paid those money and added the stalls. They LOVE them in bad weather - they FLY and jump right in. Because they know they are dry, food and water are always there, and they are big enough so there is lots of space just to lay down and even roll (they do it all the time).
    07-06-2009, 07:19 PM
I guess I have both. As soon as it starts being nice enough outside for my horse to stay out, she stays out 24 hours a day, with a 12X12 stall that opens up to the pastures. She gets shut in the first pasture at night, but has access to the rest of the pastures all day. When winter hits, she comes into her 12X24 stall for the night, mostly because she is trace-clipped for the winter. And believe it or not, she gets pretty upset when I start kicking her back out at night in the spring. =]
    07-06-2009, 10:11 PM
Green Broke
Mine have a large stall that is always open into a large paddock. The pastures are on each side of the paddock. I let them out into the pasture during the day and back into the paddock/stall at night. They put themselves in or out as they wish.

Now that T is older, she prefers to go to bed at night and is in the stall, her choice. Walka goes in and out all night. During the winter it just fries my a-- when I see him standing in a blizzard out in the paddock!

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