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post #21 of 96 Old 12-28-2010, 02:45 PM
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Buck, land is at a premium out west, and you'd be surprised what passes for livestock acreage and horse shelter out there.

I agree; it doesn't provide shelter, but then, it's not meant to. It's only meant to contain the animals.

Turnout usually consists of a dirt lot, or if the horses are lucky, an area 1/2 acre in size or maybe a little larger.

Horse keeping in CA, TX, and AZ is nothing like how it's done in other parts of the country.
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post #22 of 96 Old 12-28-2010, 02:52 PM
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I guess it just makes me thankful for where I live.. And that we have grass ha ha..
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You and me both!

I know someone who bought a filly from out west. Poor thing had never seen grass in her whole 4 years of life, and didn't know how to react. She soon figured out it was good to eat.
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post #24 of 96 Old 12-28-2010, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Super Nova View Post
Those pens are anything but clean.........IMO if they are not picked every 24 hours and picked completely clean ......then they are not clean enough for my horses or my boarders horses.
Nova, it very much depends on horse. If you walk into my qh's stall after one night (9 pm - 6 am) on those rainy days I put them in, her stall is nothing but a huge pile of manure, pee, and shavings all mixed up together in one nasty looking, dark brown "pillow" on floor (almost all shavings go into waste). Plus hay spread all over the top of it, and qh itself with manure patches over her (very nice when clean) coat.
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post #25 of 96 Old 12-28-2010, 03:31 PM
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Kitten, your QH's stall sounds like my appy mare's stall.
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post #26 of 96 Old 12-28-2010, 03:38 PM
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Kitten, your QH's stall sounds like my appy mare's stall.
Lol! From my experience many of them are pigs. And I've seen once the whole WALL pooped all over starting at the level of my head (and I'm 5'9"!) and down (in the barn I visited for the clinic). Actually the BO put my qh in that stall, and I couldn't figure out HOW she (14'3 hh) could manage to poop so high. I was told later it was there even before us.... :) :) :)
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post #27 of 96 Old 12-28-2010, 03:48 PM
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Feeding off the ground is the healthiest way for horses to eat - it's what they were built to do!

Feeding off manure, not so much - Agreed, worms would be my concern.

Those yards (Not stalls where I live, those are yards) also don't look too bad. We use yards similar to that for overnight stays at most shows we go to and that's what mine look like after 12 hours!

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post #28 of 96 Old 12-28-2010, 03:59 PM
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I really do not see much wrong at all. Like was said, manure is just organic plant matter, and if the deworming program is up to snuff there isnt really much to worry about. If the manure id dried(as I suspect in the arid climate it takes only a short period of time for it to turn to poop bricks) and raked over the sand it really isnt that bad at all IMO. It isnt like people poop filled with fats and chemicals and stuff, just undigested plant fibers. not saying I bed with it, but in that situaton it really does not look harmful.

Those corrals do not look bad to me at all and as has been said, out west very common, called "mare motels" sometimes. They are lagre enough for the horse to move around during the day while not being turned out.

The water buckets in question look like they were just emptied. Maybe it is just before watering rounds? Maybe the horses in question play in thier water buckets and splased most of it out and drank the rest?

I really do not see anything to get in a tizzy over. Are you just assuming all that you said or did you actually take the time to speak to the facility management about the situations you posted to find out reasons?

Sounds to me like you did not.

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post #29 of 96 Old 12-29-2010, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Feeding on manure; allows manure to build a soft bed to feed horse on to help prevent colic? The boarding contract full board for cleaning stalls daily, water and feed twice daily and turn out; I found allot not done weekly. Horses were not fed on time was recycling their own manure. No one ever came to pick up manure. Nota! I was concerned about colic; if not feed on time or regularly an horse can become an agressive eater. One of their horse's died a couple of weeks ago from impaction colic. no water warmer; not checked on to see if water was being drank when weather changed; not meds for 2 days before death!
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post #30 of 96 Old 12-29-2010, 12:15 AM
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my horse would go nuts in a area that small. I use to work at a boarding stable and my boss would have fired every single one of us if we didn't check waterers, stalls weren't cleaned and horses were fed on ****...
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