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post #1 of 17 Old 07-13-2013, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Living Conditions?


I know there's a lot of places to keep a horse, however - would it be ok to keep a horse in a pasture, with grass, and some form of shelter? Don't horses have to meet up with certain humane living conditions? I would think a horse does not HAVE to be kept in a stable all the time, correct? Also if a pasture would do, what would you do in the winter, if you don't have a barn? Can anyone help me?
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-13-2013, 04:58 PM
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Pasture with access to food and water is fine. We also put ours up all day with shelter and access to water.

That is quite adequate.
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post #3 of 17 Old 07-13-2013, 04:59 PM
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My horses live in the pasture year round. We live in Illinois where it gets pretty cold in the winter. They have 2 shelters where they can get out of the elements but they rarely use them. They grow thick winter coats and stand with their butt to the wind and are happy. We have a wonderful barn that gets used only a handful of nights each year and really, that's only to make me feel better not them.
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post #4 of 17 Old 07-13-2013, 05:33 PM
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All ours are out 24x7 with a shelter all year, too.
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post #5 of 17 Old 07-13-2013, 06:43 PM
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Living the natural life of going ouside as much as they choose yet having some sort of shelter in fierce weather is a super way to keep your horses. Additional shade is nice too. If your horse is very very sensitive to bugs you may wish to rethink the full outdoor life...but if he/she is happy with it, its great for them.
Just be sure there is a fresh water source in summer and a warmed water source in winter and groom them fequently to deal with any fungal, insect allerigies/bites or wounds that occur .

Your horse should NOT live in swampy boggy conditions but a well drained, well grasses pasture is heaven for them!
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post #6 of 17 Old 07-13-2013, 07:14 PM
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We keep them out all weather- one pasture is a dry lot and the other so thick grass it tangles me up in it, lol.

The dry lot has some grass in it (horse sick) and they got hay 24/7 in it- the grass pasture they get grass only- wont even look at a flake of hay in there.

Agree about the shelter-- if you want them to use it you got to put their hay in it or theyll just stand in the snow or rain and make sad face.
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post #7 of 17 Old 07-13-2013, 07:57 PM
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Really, I think the more room (safe) the better with horses. People like to be inside. Horses for the most part do not. I just moved my horse from her own in and out corral with attached barn, into a huge (by my standards) dry lot. She is finally happy and no longer kicking the walls of her barn. she is like a different horse. Study some on equine behavior and learn about what horses really want as far as living conditions. It is important for them to have a friend for companionship as they are herd animals and need to have other horses around for their mental health. Even if they do not seem to interact with the other horses.
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post #8 of 17 Old 07-13-2013, 08:12 PM
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I keep my girl out in the field with just a tin shelter to protect her from the hot sun and rain, fresh water, all access hay and feeding twice a day and she's just fine. Some people over analyze (proper living conditions) for horses. As long as it's took care of your ok (:
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post #9 of 17 Old 07-13-2013, 08:19 PM
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Horses need a dark shelter during bug season, with an old rug or tarp handing over the doorway. In winter, the horse will stay out, preferring to bum up against a wall during inclement weather. The reason they stand like this is to protect the hind quarters from predators and they can easily see side to side and in front.
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-13-2013, 08:24 PM
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My horse lives on pasture/in a paddock year round. She is never stabled. There are trees and dips for shelters and windbreaks, but she has no man made shelter. Although, I used to keep another horse in a paddock with a walk in shelter and she would never go in it. I'd have to coax her in to eat in the rain.

Although there is grass, depending on your area your horse might need nutritional supplements, and in winter many horses need hay.

I've had horses kept at places that were stabled at night and put out in the day... and well it was a bit pointless really. I think horses are happier outside, and it can be a lot healthier for them too.
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