Questions on going from pasture to stall board
My horses have been only pasture boarded with run-ins here at my home for the past....hmmm....12+ years and never had any problems with them being pacers, cribbers, windsuckers, etc. My question is, since they are so used to being "out and about" should I be proactive about them moving their routine to stall board and get atleast one cribbing collar as a "just in case" and should I go ahead and get them some chew toys/lick toys to keep them from getting bored?
Also, I am concerned about health.....they will be up during the days/out at night during hot months and out during the day/in at night during the cold months, and anytime there will be bad weather they will be up.....seeing as my Quarter Horse is 19y/o should I get him on a joint/muscle supplement to prevent any stiffness or soreness from being kept up?
Both my boys have never had a single health problem, and I contribute that to their stress free and as natural as possible life they've been living up to this point, and I just don't want their health to go downhill because of this change in their routine.
My gelding is the same age as yours, and he went from living completly outside with a herd.of cattle to being up at night and out during the day. He has not had any problems with stiffness or wood chewing/sucking. I gave him a jollyball and he stomped it to death and never touched it again. He has always been pretty healthy, and even with an old leg injury he doesn't get stiff. I would just see how it goes. Make sure they get plenty of excersise, and if it makes you feel better put the oldie on a joint supplement.
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