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    10-10-2013, 10:21 AM
It's my understanding that stall boarding is better because they get to come in out of the elements, get to be fed just right, and get to be observed. The horses at my stable are outside plenty for their turnout, but when they get to their stall they always run in and seem mighty happy to me. I'm not trying to start a debate, I'm just saying that I see lots of happy horses when I get there during the bring inside time
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    10-10-2013, 10:40 AM
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As long as her stall is large enough for her to be able to walk around in then being stabled in cold weather may be more beneficial to her than living out. She'll have a warm dry place to lie down and stretch out in - wet, cold conditions don't help arthritis at all and you can use stable bandages in the stall to also help keep her legs warm
You'll know how much hay she's getting and she can eat her feed in peace
If you watch any horses that are out in cold weather they will mostly all be standing together in a sheltered place where their hay is not wandering around exercising themselves!!
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    10-10-2013, 10:59 AM
My main concern would be colic , and stall vices if she likes being stalled that's fine , but my horses absolutely hate it. A horse is naturally outside and moving grazing 24/7 so that's how my horses live. If it gets cold out (like really cold) Ill throw a blanket on them. But they're never locked in.
    10-10-2013, 12:48 PM
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I have been keeping horses in stables at night, during the day and sometimes both in certain circumstances for many years and have never had one colic
Colic that's associated with stabled horses mostly results from them being without food for too long and then being fed a large amount of food in one go. As long as the horse has plenty of hay to be constantly nibbling on it will be fine. A horse out in feet of snow and frozen grass has no grass to eat so would be equally at risk if it also didn't have a good source of hay

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