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        11-28-2011, 10:04 PM
    Just a question....

    I wasn't quite sure where to put this, so if it needs to be moved, please do so!

    On to my question - For those of you who only keep you horses on pasture and have a run-in shelter, do your horses use it?

    I just built one for my boys, and while the weather hasn't been too terrible here yet (knock on wood), I do worry that they won't use it.

    I do also blanket them, but I want them to use the shelter at least during extreme weather.

    So I just wanted to get a feel for others that keep their horses on pasture and whether your horses use their run-ins?

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        11-28-2011, 10:08 PM
    Mine definitely use theirs
        11-28-2011, 10:11 PM
    They'll use it as an outhouse! Lol
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        11-28-2011, 10:33 PM
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    Lacey's blanketed all the time so she doesn't use her run-in much, but if she wasn't blanketed, she'd pretty much be in there anytime rain was falling.
    As it is, she can't get to her shelter fast enough if it starts hailing or snowing.
        11-28-2011, 10:34 PM
    Our mares generally use the shelter on...
    - Blazing hot, sunny days for shade and to get away from the flies.
    - Rainy, windy days when the temp is in the 30s to stay dry.
    Other than that, they prefer to be out and about.
        11-28-2011, 11:24 PM
    Thanks everyone. I'm somewhat new to having them at home, having previously boarded my horses pretty much my whole life and am used to keeping them stalled. Keeping them on pasture is new to me, and them being out in the weather stresses me out.

    They did stay out during a rain storm the other day, when I had hoped they'd use the shelter.

    They do like to use the house as a wind break since their winter paddock is on the south side of the house...pretty much only separated by my driveway.

    Maybe I will start feeding them in the shelter to encourage them to use it more.
        11-28-2011, 11:29 PM
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    Originally Posted by AllegroAdante    
    Maybe I will start feeding them in the shelter to encourage them to use it more.
    That's what I did to get my mare comfortable with her shelter. In my case, she was afraid of it (mostly because she can't see well in the dark and the shelter is relatively dark inside) at first but feeding her in there helped her get over herself.
    It also allowed me to start feeding her unlimited grass hay (which is really good for the digestive system) since the hay wasn't getting wet in the rain!
        11-28-2011, 11:33 PM
    Hi fellow Kansan.. Don't worry about them using it, they will when THEY need it.. That won't necessarily be when you think they should be in it.. I wouldn't feed them inside unless you just want to for yourself as it could tempt them to be territorial about it. Then someone doesn't get to be inside because someone says GET OUT. ;) I feed mine outside most of the time in those rubbery black tubs and their hay goes in an outdoor V shaped feeder. I have 2 of those for 4 horses and 2 ponies and it works well. Oh and I don't blanket either. Doing so might be ok for your horses if they were used to that when stabled. I only use a blanket or cooler when one is shivery.

    I am east of Wichita about an hour, where are you?
        11-28-2011, 11:44 PM
    Thanks Appyt - I hope you're right!

    The only one I'd consider feeding in there is my Perch, he's the low man of the 2 and not territorial at all. My appy I wouldn't feed in there since he's the boss and can be territorial.

    I'm up north - bout 30-45 min east of KC. It's nice to see a fellow Kansan on the board
        11-29-2011, 12:01 AM
    In the rain Gambit likes to stand with his head under the run in and the rest of his body in the rain lol :). That's the the only time I've ever seen him use it. But the other less strange horses that he lives with like it.

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