Originally Posted by CanadianaSally
I don't agree with keeping horses out 24/7, it would be detrimental to them long term.
I'm responding to this statement right here. There is no evidence that it is detrimental to keep horses out 24/7.
Yes, some horses do need to come in in adverse weather or for specific reasons or for their health. Sometimes stalls are necessary for the convenience of the owner and sometimes horses prefer stalls for one reason or the other. There are many reasons a stall can or even should be used to keep horses. There are just as many for not keeping a horse in a stall.
I live in MN and while my winters aren't quite
as adverse as some parts of Canada, I am well used to icy, sub zero, blizzard, and other such conditions. The horses I've known that lived outdoors 24/7 included: TWH, QH, TB, Welsh, Minis, Saddlebreds, Warmbloods, QH broodmares, Hanoverian, Arabian, etc, etc. Really a wide variety.
I have no problem with your PREFERENCE for stalls in the slightest, however I do have an issue with you saying that being kept outdoors is detrimental to the long term health of the horse.