Well, this is my first time writing a thread here, but I have a good question and would like opinions from people who keep their horses stalled.
I have learned that a good stall size is 12x12 depending on the size of the horse that is. What is your schedule for letting your horse out and graze? When do you stall them and let them out again to roam. What's your schedule?
Stalling is a big "it depends" and very much based on personal preference & individual horse.
I have a few who are stalled but only overnight. They all get pasture during the day. I bring in our 2 stallions, my mare & foal and my new mare who is a bit overweight and doesn't need 24 hr pasture right now. She still gets to be out all day but a good portion of it is spent on dry lot. I also overnight client's horses that are in for training. All of my other mares & my gelding are out 24/7 with a lean to for shelter.
During spring, summer and fall (unless there's a tornado brewing) all of mine that are not show horses stay out 24/7. The show horses get stalled in the daytime to keep them in coat and out at night. In winter, if we're going to have really ugly weather then they all get stalled, sometimes for 2 or 3 days at a time. As soon as it's not actively icing, snowing or hailing though, they go right back out on 'pasture' with big round bales of hay to eat on. I really hate keeping horses cooped up and prefer them to go out on pasture where they can graze, run, roll and socialize. They all come in 2X/day for their grain buckets and grooming and if they're to get ridden. Otherwise I like to leave them out to be horses.
Spring and summer my horses are on pasture 24/7 with run ins for bad weather. Fall/winter I stall at ngiht from 7 ish-6:30 a.m. And out for the rest of the time. They do stay in if its icy. Snow is fine as long as its not deep enough to hurt them
Same as AlexS, my guy is out 24/7 unless he's hurt or something (not too much extreme weather here except heat). He and the others are brought in twice a day for feeding then let back out. But tt just completely depends on the horse, some enjoy being in for a while at a time and some can't stand it.
I have my two in 12x24 stalls from 6 pm to 8 am. They are under lights so I have to have them in before dark... we are going to show this winter and need to keep them from getting winter coats.
We clean the stalls at 9 pm and blanket. I wake up at 5 am, go feed and clean and head to work. My daughter unblankets at 8 and lets them out and cleans and readies the stalls for the evening. They also have a run in shed and a stall they can come in and out at will and 4 acres ... but it's a colorado plains weedy pasture so not much out there...
Only having two horses makes things pretty easy. Here is a pic of our barn... It used to be a four stall barn, but I kept the first 12x12, blew out the wall between the middle two, and then used part of the aisle to extend the fourth out, and swung the door over.... since the picture was taken I have extended the mats down the aisle to prevent slipping on the concrete....
I don't know how big my geldings stall is but he just upgraded to a bigger stall(when the previous horse left) it's a good 3-4 feet wider and he loves it. My boy is boarded and gets his grain in his stall ay 6:30am and then is turned out to a dirt paddock with his hay and paddock mates(2 mares and a gelding pony) until 4:30-5 when he comes inside for his pm grain and hay.
Unfortunately there is little to no shelter in the turnout :/ so if its rainy and cold I have him kept inside or he gets his rain coat. And when the weather dips below 30 he gets a winter blanket. But if its a blizzard all horses stay inside the barn. Posted via Mobile Device