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        08-19-2012, 11:52 PM
    Originally Posted by Copperhead    
    I suppose I fall in a group at the barn who isn't privileged enough to have a stall. All the lesson horses live outside with my horse. A young girl who lost her grandfather (who paid for her board) had to put her horse outside because it was cheaper. Every other boarder has a stall. I guess I was unaware that I was one of the "less fortunate". Must have passed over my head since I usually ride alone and haven't been there too often except for the last two months. Barn gossip and status symbols. I don't need that stuff.
    Don't worry about all that stuff, don't let it get in the way of going there and enjoying your horse.

    I could get a stall for my horse. The way my barn is set up there are stalled horses who go out at night in summer and out during the day in winter. Then there are field boarders, out 24/7 with a lean to. Then there is my option, pay for my own stall in bank barn but only use the stall in terrible weather.

    I don't believe it makes me lesser than the boarders who use their stalls. That's not the right choice for my horse.
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        08-20-2012, 12:01 AM
    I vastly prefer my horses out 24/7 to in. I have friends who think I'm cruel because I don't bring them in to their "cozy beds" at night. The only time I use stalls is for training a horse to be more handle-able or really rotten weather. Oh and foaling. Right now I'm using 3 stalls because I have 3 foals that I'm working on teaching ground manners to and also I'm socializing them. When they run together they are "3 wild childs" and very hard to get hands on. So, they come into their stalls at night and have to tolerate human touching and interaction and in the morning they get caught and led out to pasture where they are let loose to run and play like the babies they are. At night, back in to be fed, groomed and petted on. Until they are social and coming up to me in the pasture and liking the human interaction more than they are now, I'll use the stalls. Once they 'get it' then they can stay outside unless we have a gnarly lighting storm or ice or...other really ugly weather. They stay healthier that way, IMO!
        08-20-2012, 09:33 PM
    My biggest advise to you is to grow a thick skin, (my choice) or be so strong in your beliefs that you are ok with what others say.

    I have never seen anything like horse women, in my life. It's quite incredible, just how b1tchy, how mean, how their way is the right way. It's astonishing. I don't do anything controversial and yet I feel it.

    I'd love to know why this exists, but I don't. You are doing nothing wrong, so don't sweat it.
        08-20-2012, 09:51 PM
    Green Broke
    Alex - have you never spent five minutes listening to moms talk about other moms and their parenting choices?? I don't think horse women have the corner - it's the same with dogs, kids, etc.......

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