What's more important to you? Riding or letting a horse on a field?

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    07-12-2011, 12:32 PM
What's more important to you? Riding or letting a horse on a field?

It's soooo hot here... I keep horses in the stable, 'cause there is no shadow in/on (?) the field and because I'm terrified of animals around here (especially ill foxes and crazy dogs that are let free in the night) I don't want to let horses alone out the whole night.

So the out-time is from 6am-9am and 7pm-10pm. That's not exactly what my horses are used to, but it would be enough if I didn't take some of this time to ride... If I do ride that means they are out only for 3 hours a day.

What do you do? Any advice?
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    07-12-2011, 12:42 PM
I guess I don't understand why they need to be locked inside?
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    07-12-2011, 12:43 PM
I don't really understand either... foxes and dogs aren't really going to bother your horses that much, and the horses can defend themselves. They like being outside. Don't get too overprotective =)
    07-12-2011, 12:48 PM
Same, this whole post confuses me.

My horses are out 24/7, I personally think the more time your horse can spend outside, the better off your horse will be.

Can you not ride between 9am and 7pm?
    07-12-2011, 12:50 PM
My horse gets turned out during the day, from about 7:30am until around 3pm. He likes to play a little too hard sometimes and will run around like a lunatic and I like the idea that if the guys see him running around they can bring him inside. He hurt himself last summer when he was turned out at night. He threw his pelvis out of alignment and messed up his lower back. Even though it is hot during the summer, he still does ok. There is some shade in his field but not a whole lot. They guys will hose him off when he comes in too if he is sweaty. Even though we love to pamper and spoil them, they are horses. Don't be afraid to leave them out.
    07-12-2011, 12:51 PM
During the summer, many people stall during the day and let the horses out at night when it's dark and cooler.

However, if you don't have fans in your stalls, being inside could be just as hot or hotter for your horses as being outside in the sun.

Mine are out 24/7, and they have shade if they want it. They usually don't. Even on the hottest days I'll find them snoozing in the blazing sun.
    07-12-2011, 12:59 PM
I assume the barn is cooler than it is outside with less bugs and humidity? The sun does get hot, but sometimes being cooped up in a stall is worse. Why not go out and ride before the morning turn out or after the evening bringing in? Or right before they go out again at night? There seems to be plenty of time during the day that you could ride and not take up one of the outdoor sessions. If you HAVE to ride only during the times your horse is permitted outside then at least he/she is getting exercise and is out of the stall.

My horses are outside from 7 am - 7pm at the new barn. They have access to plenty of fresh water and seem happy even when the sun is hot and there is little shade. In fact, most of the time I see Gem standing out in the sun when she could be in the shade. She doesn't seem to mind. She does get hosed off in the evening if she is hot and sweaty.
    07-12-2011, 01:45 PM
Are you saying that the only time they're allowed out at all is during those time periods, and that during those times are the only time you are allowed to ride them? That seems a bit... extreme to protect against the heat, especially if a horse is in training.

My horses are on pasture board, and are out all day and all night with a couple other horses. At the barn, though, they keep the horses in with fans on all day and let them into another pasture at night (and swap during the winter, minus the fans). But that doesn't mean that the horse's owner can't come during the day to train with their horse, or to even go on a pleasure ride. Everyone is free to come and ride their horse when ever they want during the day.

I suppose we're all wanting further explanation so we can better understand your personal situation and can give better advice.
    07-12-2011, 03:47 PM
When I leave them out the flies attack them as soon as they start sweating. And they sweat a lot on that sun... I thought they will be ok outside, at least till 11am, but fly sprays don't help even a tiny bit after they sweat, and they are covered with flys and other vampirebugs. Mare stands at doors and calls until we don't come to get her. They are both covered in fly bites. Looking like they fell in nettles...
How do you stop flies from eating your horses if they are outside all day, sweaty?

At night: there is an illness I think it's called rabies in english? When animals are very agressive. 2 years ago neighbour's dog got it and he was killed. I don't want to risk. We live very near the forest, there are foxes and other animals that could be ill.

I guess I could ride before I let them out in the morning. With sunrise :)
I'll just have to switch and sleep at day... Well mom won't be happy :P

I don't really want to ride after the sunset. And in between (around noon) it's really hot and there are tones of flies.
    07-12-2011, 05:08 PM
If an animal has rabies, it will attack whenever it wants to, not just at night.

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