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post #11 of 18 Old 12-27-2013, 09:27 AM
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As pretty as they are, they are still cages that entrap horses who were meant to run if it perceives a predator.
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post #12 of 18 Old 12-27-2013, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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The doors are only shut when I'm cleaning out so they always have access to run in and out... the prefer to be in the stalls... warmer in the winter and a break from the flies in summer! We don't have any horse predators here... they only act scared of my broom and each other... but I know what you mean. Are you anti-stall? I don't agree with keeping horses out 24/7, it would be detrimental to them long term.
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post #13 of 18 Old 12-27-2013, 10:26 AM
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You don't agree with keeping horses out 24/7 because it would be detrimental to them long run?

Dang. I better quit abusing my two who have lived just about their entire lives outdoors without issue. Or my mare who lived to the grand old age of 30, whose arthritis would've killed her a couple years earlier if she hadn't been out moving around 24/7.

Oh! I know, I better call my friend and tell her that her vet who specifically told her "no stalling for your mare due to her arthritis" was completely wrong and it's detrimental to her health.

Don't throw stones about other people's horse keeping practices. I doubt your stalls would pass my cleanliness judgement.
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post #14 of 18 Old 12-27-2013, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Wow I'm sure getting a warm welcome here!! No where did I say it was abusive to keep YOUR horses outside full time and I'm entitled to my opinion like you are yours. What kind of horses do you have? Not all horses are fine with living outside in Canada full time... absolutely it would be detrimental to warmblood pregnant jumping horses. And I've had arthritic horses... being in an open concept stall stable (which we have) is definitely better than slipping and skidding on sheer ice that we have outside right now. I'm not so sure why you are being so quick to attack me??
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post #15 of 18 Old 12-27-2013, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by CanadianaSally View Post
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.
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post #16 of 18 Old 12-27-2013, 08:26 PM
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post #17 of 18 Old 12-30-2013, 11:34 AM
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Your stalls aren't abusive. They are gosh darn beautiful and I'm just jelly. =b
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post #18 of 18 Old 01-21-2014, 09:21 PM
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Wow! I work for a pretty big and fancy equestrian center and even our stalls aren't that beautiful. JEALOUS!
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