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    11-06-2010, 02:25 PM

I have never stalled horses and always wished of a barn and plan to some day have a place to stall for a few hours of the day for feedings. I know some people prefer pasture and others prefer stall but this isnt about what you prefer but your thoughts on the effect of horses being in a stall for one whole week straight.

One of the barns I ride at with about 22 horses is planting seed and going to stall the horses up for a week. I will be taking out 4 horses to excercise and I know most owners are trying to make an effort to relieve their horses of stall time for a little bit even an hour isnt enough IMO.

What effects do you think this would cause besides cranky horses? Im worried about leg soreness.
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    11-06-2010, 02:53 PM
Could you turn them out in an arena in groups through out the day? I've done that in the past.

Horses I've seen on stall rest normally just get cranky and difficult. However I do know of two mares who any change to their routine and they will go into a depressed anorexic state. Both also have ulcers and we give them gastrogard to try and help them out
    11-06-2010, 03:38 PM
I was talking to a horse owner yesterday and he was planning on doing to a little bit when he goes to give them extrea hay and grooming in the evenings
    11-07-2010, 08:21 AM
Green Broke
Stalling can be fine if the horse has daily turnout and plenty of grass hay to munch on in their stalls. However, I agree, stalling for more than half the day can cause some issues. The biggest issue is plain old boredom. If a horse gets bored, they can start behaviors such as pacing, weaving, cribbing, wood chewing, pawing, etc. Having lots of hay around will usually help alleviate boredom for most horses. If you cannot increase hay, you can use small mesh hay nets to make it take longer for the horses to eat their hay, or feed the horses more often during the day but with smaller meals.

If the barn is reseeding their pastures, they should have used electric and split them up, so they could rotate the horses from pasture to pasture as the reseed. That would have left the horses out, with just less room.
    11-07-2010, 11:25 AM
^ They could have rotated them but arnt. : (Some horses will deffinatly have some attitude issues though.
    11-07-2010, 11:34 PM
There are plenty of horses that live there normal life in a stall personally my horses are outside unless injured or bad weather then I put them in the barn, But while living at a barn in town for awhile some of the horses only lived inside they were used to it and didnt have any stocking up in the legs but the ones that normally lived in the pasture when they were put in the barn for overnight periods of time had stocking up in the legs Personally my horse is in a stall right now due to injury and is now starting to eat his feed box he normally never does this but I've never put him in ther for more than a night or 2 But I guess its what they are used to ...
    11-08-2010, 12:10 AM
Green Broke
When my horse needed to be stalled for about a week (while the fencing was being worked on), I hand walked her for a couple hours a day. Just grabbed her and another horse and held their lead ropes while they wandered around together.

I still hand walk her a couple days a week since the pastures are pretty barren right now with winter coming on but areas of the property that horses do not not normally graze has some pretty decent grass. If I am going to be cleaning tack or the barn, I just take my kiddo with me and let her wander all over tarnation with my horse. She's not safe for the kiddo to ride but happily follows and listens to my kiddo on the ground.
    11-08-2010, 09:39 PM
The biggest problems will be attitude problems, probably. They might pick up bad habits from being so bored (cribbing, wood chewing, kicking the walls, smashing their legs on the doors, etc) but I know quite a few horses who get stocked up when they can't move around. The most important thing is that they can get out to let out their energy, even if it's ten minutes - trust me I know as we found out the hard way the barn we are at doesn't turn horses out AT ALL in winter and I think letting our girls have a 10-30 minutes session in the arena is the only thing that kept them sane. And that they MOVE, they need to move! Even if someone can hand walk them a little bit.

I also wouldn't leave them in their stalls without anything to munch on - THAT is when wood will start looking yummy or walls look like they deserve to be kicked or smashed LOL.

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