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        08-05-2011, 01:21 PM
      #11
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Faceman    
    I am probably dense, but I don't quite understand...if there is no meaningful reason to stall him and he doesn't like to be stalled, why would you want to stall him in the first place? It sounds as if he has run-in access and can go in his stall when he wants to or needs to, so why would you want/need to confine him?
    Exactly this.... Horses like freedom, I don't honestly think a little rain will bother him =)
         
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        08-05-2011, 08:04 PM
      #12
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by palominolover    
    Exactly this.... Horses like freedom, I don't honestly think a little rain will bother him =)
    For serious inclement weather? I can understand a person wanting to stall their horse rather than keep them outside.....granted there have been horror stories where animals have been injured in both (the tornado at Churchill Downs, most recently, for example).

    My horse however was kept outside in a few category 2-3 hurricanes, so I know he'll suck it up and be alright. I think he actually likes the rain a little bit too, lol, which is why he's going on pasture board.
         
        08-05-2011, 09:48 PM
      #13
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by tblver    
    For serious inclement weather? I can understand a person wanting to stall their horse rather than keep them outside.....granted there have been horror stories where animals have been injured in both (the tornado at Churchill Downs, most recently, for example).

    My horse however was kept outside in a few category 2-3 hurricanes, so I know he'll suck it up and be alright. I think he actually likes the rain a little bit too, lol, which is why he's going on pasture board.

    A little rain isn't going to kill a horse... Hurricanes are another story... And what are the honest chances of a horse getting struck by lightning? If there are trees around the horse will be fine =) I guess I'm going by Canadian weather, there isn't hurricanes XP rain storms and blizzards are no big deal here. The horse has a thick enough coat to deal with rain and blizzards, but if you're really concerned put a blanket on the horse =)
         
        08-06-2011, 12:36 PM
      #14
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    Originally Posted by palominolover    
    A little rain isn't going to kill a horse... Hurricanes are another story... And what are the honest chances of a horse getting struck by lightning? If there are trees around the horse will be fine =) I guess I'm going by Canadian weather, there isn't hurricanes XP rain storms and blizzards are no big deal here. The horse has a thick enough coat to deal with rain and blizzards, but if you're really concerned put a blanket on the horse =)
    Yup...the odds of a horse developing COPD, hoof, or behavioral issues from being stalled are far greater than the odds of getting struck by lightning. That's not to say I condemn those who stall their horses, I just don't believe in it myself, although mine have access to the barn any time they want to get away from the flies or weather.

    On a side note, I got hit by a tornado 4 years ago - demolished my hay barn and coral area. When the horses heard the tornado (people can hear them a mile or so away - horses obviously farther) they went to the center of the pasture away from structures and trees, and stood as a group facing the tornado...all of them emerged untouched. The barn they have access to wasn't damaged, but coral panels and steel sheeting from the hay barn were flying everywhere. Horses obviously do get injured or worse in storms, but it's funny how they instinctively do what gives them the best possible chance of survival. The coral panels that are up in the picture I put up after the tornado passed to keep the horses as much away from the dangerous debris as possible...then had to borrow someones metal detector to get as many of the nails and metal fragments as I could out of the pasture - a pain in the hiney.

    Didn't mean to hijack the thread - just a sidebar on weather and horse safety.



    This was taken by a passing motorist and posted on the net - it just happened to be taken when the tornado was on my ranch, which is just over that ridge. When it hit my place it was an F-4...one of those big wedge tornados...

         

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