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  • Found this in my horse 39 s stall
  • I cant remember if i locked the stall horse

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    12-17-2011, 09:10 PM
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Sorry that you maybe got more than you bargained for here. But that's the great thing about public forums; you may get a perspective that never occurred to you before. Such as the possible risks of having a horse in a locked stall. Maybe you were worrying more about him being stolen, but his risk to barn fire might be higher. I have to admit, I've never heard of a locked stall.
And your first post made it sound like the horse's were never turned out.

If you want to explain their situation further, feel free.
Or, just let this one go and call it a learning experience.
I am sure you can be a teacher in some capacity. Everyone has something to share.
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    12-17-2011, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by BuddyBunny    
Ok ya know what im just going to delete this post cause im starting to get really pissed off so see ya
Not trying to piss you off or get down on you about what you do with your horse. We don't know all the details of your situation so we ask questions.
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    12-17-2011, 09:14 PM
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The reason I asked my questions was to bring to mind someone else that may have opened the stall you hadn't thought of
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    12-18-2011, 03:39 AM
I've heard of locked tack rooms, locked feed rooms but never a locked stall. Fire is a tragedy that repeats itself over and over especially in the winter with heated buckets and shorter days.
    12-19-2011, 09:44 AM
Yikes. The only way I'd lock my horse's stall door- wait, no, there's no reason a stall door should ever be locked. If the barn were on fire your horse could die in the time it would take to get there and remove the lock. And what if the lock were so hot that you couldn't touch it?

How valuable is your horse that you're worried someone might steal him/her (assuming that's why you locked them in)?
    12-19-2011, 01:16 PM
I have heard of it. . . Very sad. So, how much turnout does your horse get?

A horse locked in a stall like that should get at least 10 hours of turnout a day, I seriously doubt your horse has that much turnout. Here, read this article, and it addresses all horses, not just dressage horses
The Importance of Turnout for Dressage Horses

She has never had ONE case of colic in 25 years since she has been turning them out overnight! That saves a lot of money on vet bills.

I am very sorry you feel like you need to lock your horse's stall door. Also, can your horse look out his stall? If your horse has to be inside a stall more than half a day, he should at least be able to look out. He should also have an extra large stall, like 16x16, or even better have a run, and a stall with a window to look out, and have there be an open area with bars or something between another horses stall so they can see another horse. And, your horse should have free choice hay when in stall.
Does your horse have any of that?
    12-19-2011, 01:28 PM
What happens when you're not home (at school, sleepover, etc.) and there's an emergency that necessitates emergency care? How is a vet supposed to help a horse he can't get to?

I've heard of locks on pasture gates, as there's ample space inside the enclosure for a horse to escape from a fire, but a stall?
    12-19-2011, 03:48 PM
I am not sure that it should be locked in a stall but I think that BUBBA13 IS BEING INCREDIBLY RUDE!
    12-19-2011, 03:51 PM
Originally Posted by XxthehorseloverxX    
I am not sure that it should be locked in a stall but I think that BUBBA13 IS BEING INCREDIBLY RUDE!
No, I think bubba is being blunt about the safety of the animals in question.
    12-19-2011, 04:10 PM
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Not just fire but any incident where someone without a key/combination would need to enter the stall- cast horse or sick etc.
I'm a safety freak & I've walked into the barn in the morning to a horse in the aisle. I don't remember not remembering to securely latch the door. It happens, that's why we keep dangerous stuff put away.
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