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Marchand 03-01-2012 03:48 PM

Outdoor Board
I was wondering what people's opinions on outdoor boarding is? I have never heard of this option before and have a yearling filly and am considering putting her on an outdoor boarding program and want an opinion before I do so.

AlexS 03-01-2012 04:05 PM

It's also known as field board. As long as there is shelter, it's a great option for many horses.

Marchand 03-01-2012 04:11 PM

But for a yearling filly?

themacpack 03-01-2012 04:14 PM

Being a yearling is no reason not to use pasture board. I am much more a fan of pasture keeping vs. stabling.

Ink 03-01-2012 04:16 PM

I really like pasture board. I like knowing my horse isn't cooped up in a stall all day. I'm sure every place is different, but ours still feeds grain every morning so they can check on the horses. As long as they have some form of shelter to get out of the elements, pasture board can be a great option.

Marchand 03-01-2012 04:17 PM

But where I board does not offer pasture board w/grain every day. Will this affect her growth?

Ink 03-01-2012 04:21 PM

If you're concerned about nutrition, you can always ask if you can supplement grain on your own. I've not had a horse that young, so I'm not sure about additional dietary requirements. But I would think as long as she's maintaining a good weight on grass alone you shouldn't have to worry about feeding extra.

xxdanioo 03-01-2012 04:42 PM

When I bought my yearling he was put to outdoor board. In a paddock for a while, now in the pasture. It has a shelter. He was kept inside for 3 days- just so we could get used to catching and haltering.

I believe more vices are a result of stabling. Bordome..

edit: My guy gets grain when I see him. While it's nto everyday, he seems to be doing okay lol.

PaintHorseMares 03-01-2012 05:13 PM


Originally Posted by xxdanioo (Post 1386985)
I believe more vices are a result of stabling. Bordome..

...and health (respiratory, hoof) problems, too.

gypsygirl 03-01-2012 05:17 PM

i would definitely put a yearling on pasture board ! at my barn they dont feed grain, just hay once a day. if you can get out and feed grain at least 5 times a week he should be just fine =]

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