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post #11 of 13 Old 12-25-2012, 07:08 AM
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I'm sorry for your loss and I know you must feel awful.

But accidents happen anywhere. Not just in paddocks but in stalls, leading around anywhere. My friend had a quiet horse and she was leading her one day and she spooked, reared, flipped and died. Stuff just happens.

Two accidents in several years... it's unlucky but just that.

My personal opinion is horses are happier in paddocks with other horses and its my preference to keep them in that situation. And yes they get injured sometimes but, as said before, you can't wrap your horse in cotton wool. It'd be like never going in a car incase you have an accident. As long as the paddock is safe and not over-crowded then I don't think there is really a reason not to use it. I think horses are happier in them, and if it comes with a little more risk, I think I'd go with that an quality of life.

My horse is currently kept in a small paddock alone and she is miserable and it makes me sad everyday. I'd love the opportunity to put her in a big paddock with horses, and I'm trying to make it happen.

I hope you feel better soon, and again, I'm sorry.
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post #12 of 13 Old 12-25-2012, 07:12 AM
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Sorry to hear about your loss.

Like others have said, horses are accident prone. You can bubble wrap them from head to tail and a sliver that gets missed, that's where they will get injured. We horse proof our trailer every time we haul Sheba. Somehow she always scrapes her face.

Personally I do think it is better mentally and physically for them to be out 24/7. Other health issues creep in when they are stalled.

Don't beat yourself up about it. Accidents will happen. Usually not to the point of losing them. Even if the horse was stalled and then let out into the same pasture, it could have happened. Stalling or not stalling really had nothing to do with it.
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post #13 of 13 Old 12-28-2012, 11:40 AM
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I completely understand where you are coming from. I'm so sorry for your losses.
I personally like to turn my horse out 24/7, but if I were in a better financial situation, I'm not sure if I would keep her turned out or moved into the stall. Right now, I look at the benefits of pasture turnout. I have also known a horse killed in a pasture accident. However, I know many horses who are fine with being in a stall. I say that with regular exercise and turnout at least a bit each day, it's okay.
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