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post #21 of 24 Old 11-02-2008, 09:08 PM
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My horse is on pasture board, he's out all the time. Most horses (one they are used to each other after a couple of days) don't scuffle much so kicks and bites and scrapes aren't happening all the time. But I have special "horse spray paint" that I use to cover any cuts/scrapes for showing. :)

Some times, with a horse that is really disobedient under saddle, or has an attitude problem (and has been turned out and it doesnt seem to help) people will leave the horse in all the time. The horse gets worked at least once, sometimes twice a day until it starts to bond with the person and learns that work is something to look forward to. It is especially effective with a horse that is abnormally bonded to it's pasturemate.

My friend used to have a pony that was obsessed with my horse. She spun and took off and snapped the lunge line once, ran right over and stopped outside of Bailey's pasture to kiss him over the fence. It worked very well with her when she was "forbidden" to see him, and was forced to bond with her owner instead.

Other than the extreme case, I think horses (especially TBs) need their down time to be a horse and run off the extra energy.


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post #22 of 24 Old 11-11-2008, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Here is an update on my horse after I turned him out for the first time... he walked over to a corner of the pasture by himself. He never really runs around or plays with the other horses. (I felt like i was taking my kid to his first day of summer camp) He's kind of a loner. It didn't effect his training at all and he lets me catch him very easy.
Thanks for all the advice!
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post #23 of 24 Old 11-11-2008, 05:39 PM
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Every horse should be on daily turnout. Glad it's working out, though.
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post #24 of 24 Old 11-12-2008, 12:55 PM
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I second what has been said. I went to a barn once where the lesson horses were in the stalls unless they were used in a lesson. NO pasture AT ALL for them! Trust me, it wasn't good for the horses. Then again I was at many places where the horses were out all the time unless the weather prohibited it. They were all great. Think of it that way: Would you rather be around a horse that is in the barn all day and is thus more high strung or one that is out in the pasture and balanced mentally and physically? It sounds like you're doing the right thing, so great *applause*. Keep going and keep us updated!
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