Originally Posted by leonalee
MLS - Understandable - what are your fences like? Do you have trees or toys or other items in the paddocks for the horses to get caught on? Have you ever had horses running lose? I suppose our "halters on" policy is from several instances of horses running loose and nearly running people down. We generally have several people here throughout the day visiting their horses and a loose one puts everyone in jeopardy. Wayyyyyy tooooooo many uncontrollable variables when you have no sure way of grabbing them - then there is the potential of finding the road, spooking a horse someone is riding (or worse yet, running into them), etc. I think people getting run down by a loose horse is a greater liability :-/ I forgot to add that, although it is our policy to keep halters on, we encourage boarders to provide their horses with break-aways.
Paddocks are four board white oak. Pasture is 3 strand high tensile wire.
No - we do not have horses running loose. All of our turnouts are connected to a main paddock behind our indoor arena. Our horses are turned in and out - loose. I like to be able to watch them move to ensure they are 100% sound. Our barn has gates across all horse doors.