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        07-14-2013, 12:50 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    I don't know about everywhere but here it is only required that they have a wind break available in their pasture, I.e. A stand of trees, a solid wall...

    Personally, I wouldn't want to manage without at least a shed. There are times when it's convenient to have them up. We have lean-tos along the sides of our barns with gates hung that can be closed to make a stall. 99% of the time they have free access to come and go out of the lean-to, but the other % is at feeding time, for when there's a farrier or vet appt., or when one is injured and needs to be confined.
         
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        07-14-2013, 01:08 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Ours are on a small dry lot with trees and there are a couple buildings close by for a windbreak.
    When I was a kid living back east our horses used to stand out in the freezing rain rather than go in the barn.
         
        07-14-2013, 01:11 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Thank you all VERY much! Each and everyone's post has helped. If I have further questions about living conditions, I'll ask. Please continue to post, reguarding this subject. I would like to get all the information I can.
         
        07-14-2013, 04:58 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    Horses need a dark shelter during bug season, ...
    Respectfully disagree with you on this point, it depends on what type of flies torture your critters. Where I live in Michigan, the deer flies hang in the shade during the daytime even if you hangup strips in the entrance way. It'll be 100 degrees out and the horses will not go in shelter or under the tree line just because they get attacked. **** things are evil, and laugh at fly spray
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        07-14-2013, 07:47 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Some horses will use shelter more than others. Depends on horse.

    But good pasture, good water, some sort of wind break and good care will do fine.
         
        07-14-2013, 08:06 PM
      #16
    Started
    By law you need at least a 3 sided shelter up here, but I'm in NH and the winter is very different from KY.
         
        07-15-2013, 07:58 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DimSum    
    Respectfully disagree with you on this point, it depends on what type of flies torture your critters. Where I live in Michigan, the deer flies hang in the shade during the daytime even if you hangup strips in the entrance way. It'll be 100 degrees out and the horses will not go in shelter or under the tree line just because they get attacked. **** things are evil, and laugh at fly spray
    Ours stand in the shelters if it is too buggy.. but the bombers... oh heavens!! They are definitely evil! My daughters boy wears a full fly sheet.. body armor! They love to torment him!
    They don't use the shelters when it is cold, or windy or wet... prefer to just turn their butts to the wind. But they do when it is buggy.
    O/T... the bombers do not bother the white horses! My boy can stand in a cloud of them and laugh.. they never bite him or the other white horse... anyone else notice this??
         

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