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        12-11-2011, 07:31 PM
      #21
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by KaylaMarie96    
    I am a little nervous about introducing my guy to the other horses. He seems to get along with horse but his previous owner told me he has always been in a stall with a turnout (similar to the situation he is in now) so I don't know how he is going to react. I guess we have to take it one step at a time. I'm glad it worked out for your gelding!
    Well give him a chance :) You can always move him out of there if he's not doing so hot. Horses constantly change and reassess heard leaders and whatnot. Once they figure out who's bottom and who's top, they're fine. Sometimes they try and change their title and there's a few bites or nicks but nothing terrible.

    My horse has been on both top and bottom and he's never had worse than a few bite marks.

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    Originally Posted by maura    
    I disagree. Here's my example. Suppose you have a horse towards the bottom of the herd order; and he's turned out in a large herd, and when ever you go out to catch him, a dominant horse chases him away from you? You can catch the more dominant horse first, then your own, but it's time consuming and a pain. I don't see how that scenario, very common in herds, can be ascribed to bad handling.
    I do agree with your point, but from experience.. so long as the horses in the herd know you to be higher up than they are, then you can easily grab your horse (even if he's squirrely or spirited) and ward off unwelcome horses. At least I can.. and if I can, then everyone should be able to!

    However some horses have no respect at all for anyone and can be intimidating.. but I've managed so far :p

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    Originally Posted by KaylaMarie96    
    I went and talked to the owner of the place a couple days ago and they have a few different herds. One heard is for more easy going horses, and another is for more spirited horses. I think they have a few other groups of horses that they group together based on personality. They study your horse for a few days and decide which group he would fit best in.
    That's kind of cool.. but I wouldn't want all the crazies in one pen. The quieter ones would be nice cooped together but I don't have a problem with mixing temperaments so long as they all know where to draw the line. If they start testing good fencing or whatnot then I'd think about regrouping.


    All in all it's a good theory, this "natural boarding" it's exactly what my horse has been doing since I've known him and he looooooves it. So I can't complain :)
         
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        12-11-2011, 09:05 PM
      #22
    Started
    In my experience, most people who fall under the "natural" category tend to be completely bonkers.

    I've had too many bad experiences with NH people. I guess it depends on their level of "natural". Keeping horses outside as much as possible? Fine and dandy. But thinking shoes are evil or not believing in deworming? *shudder* I've even come across people who think vaccines are bad. Figure that one out.

    You never really know until you go see the place. They might turn out to be nice, reasonable people. If it works out, groovy.
         
        12-11-2011, 09:21 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    I ride with a NH trainer, and love it. They tend to be very knowledgeable people, in my experience. I personally find the nut jobs in the horse world in the show ring. Go there and get a feel for the place. If you sense crazy, obviously don't board there.

    Just keep in mind, some things were made for a reason. If your horse needs shoes, he needs shoes. If he needs grain, he needs grain. No way around it, and don't take let them talk you out of it.
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        12-12-2011, 12:24 AM
      #24
    Foal
    Keeping horses naturally is great. Any place that has all horses conforming under the same system, no matter if it traditional or natural is not so great. Every horse is an individual and has different needs. Not all horses can go without shoes, not all horses thrive in a large herd environment.

    Back in the UK I kept my horse with a friend, they all ran together in a herd were all fed loose together and everything was done at liberty. It's not for every horse.
         
        12-12-2011, 12:30 AM
      #25
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Jessabel    
    In my experience, most people who fall under the "natural" category tend to be completely bonkers.

    I've had too many bad experiences with NH people. I guess it depends on their level of "natural". Keeping horses outside as much as possible? Fine and dandy. But thinking shoes are evil or not believing in deworming? *shudder* I've even come across people who think vaccines are bad. Figure that one out.

    You never really know until you go see the place. They might turn out to be nice, reasonable people. If it works out, groovy.
    We have known the family that own the place for a while now and they are very nice,and they don't have anything against shoes. They just don't allow back shoes on the horses because it causes a greater risk in injury if they were to kick another horse. But front shoes are fine! They also don't have anything against de worming...anyone against that just doesn't know enough about horses I guess...or any animal for that matter.
         
        12-12-2011, 01:12 AM
      #26
    Started
    I board my horse in a similar place to this one. He's out on 100 acres with now ten other horses, and there are currently 8 stalls with 4 more in the process of being built for being brought in to feed or for an injury. My gelding has done fine, he's not lowest on the totem pole but he's not the one in charge, and he's never had any worse than a few kick or bite marks, nothing serious. I think it's good to keep them out as natural as possible. Being out on that much land has not made my horse hard to catch, he is much happier than he was in a smaller area at our last barn. I say to give it a try if you know the family and like them, some horses love a place like this and some don't, just see what works for you and your horse! Personally I really like the looks of the place by their website and think it's worth a shot.
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        12-12-2011, 02:13 AM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Where I come from... 'natural boarding' would be turning the horses out into acres and acres of fields and trees everywhere.... and leaving them there day n night, winter n summer. No stalls

    But it looks like a nice place, as long as the people aren't crazy! Haha
         
        12-12-2011, 07:56 AM
      #28
    Green Broke
    I think they used the word "natural" as a draw. They seem like a nice stable that offers many ammenities.
    The run in sheds should have kick boards up though instead of just the metal siding.
         
        12-17-2011, 06:55 PM
      #29
    Foal
    I have decided to move him to this new barn :) We are moving on the 13th of next month!
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        12-17-2011, 07:02 PM
      #30
    Showing
    How exciting!! Hope it goes well :)
         

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