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eavinet 11-14-2012 07:37 AM

Paddock for winter?
 
Just want to say a quick thanks to the people who gave me advice in my last threads, hes listening wonderfully after only two days I can get him haltered after five minutes instead of an hour. Thank you!

My land is mostly woods, with five large natural clearings. Its all fenced. I have a 15x15 barn and a paddock thats roughly 100' by 200'. I take him for a walk every day whether hes in the paddock or not. I was told by a local farmer to keep him in the paddock for the winter since hes six months old, that I have difficulty haltering him in bad weather and that Ill be putting him in the barn at night and for winter storms. Hes a little guy, the stable expects him to mature at 42 inches or less. I get so much conflicting advice so I wanted to put this out there and get some other opinions. It seems too small to me.

Elana 11-14-2012 10:14 AM

Paddock should be just fine. Just pick the horse poop out of it and the barn every day. I would probably bed part of the barn in case he wanted to lay down in there.

He is a little guy and the paddock is plenty of room. It is winter and he will be eating hay anyway and it gives you a better opportunity to work with him.

loosie 11-16-2012 01:34 AM

Not sure what you're asking? You have a young mini & some land & a barn... For sure a paddock is better than cooping him up in a barn, although some company for the little guy is pretty important. If you can't get another horse, a goat or sheep at least will make him feel more secure & happy. While you don't tell size, it's great that your land is mostly wooded if you only have a mini, as it's harder to control obesity in littlies, so the less pasture the better.

eavinet 11-16-2012 09:04 AM

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Originally Posted by loosie (Post 1760135)
Not sure what you're asking? You have a young mini & some land & a barn... For sure a paddock is better than cooping him up in a barn, although some company for the little guy is pretty important. If you can't get another horse, a goat or sheep at least will make him feel more secure & happy. While you don't tell size, it's great that your land is mostly wooded if you only have a mini, as it's harder to control obesity in littlies, so the less pasture the better.

People keep their horses inside the barn all winter? I didnt realize, Ive only heard discussions on whether or not to bring your horses in during bad weather or not and almost every single person I talked to said they dont bring them in. "Let a horse be a horse, if they are cold they will go in" and "what do you think wild horses do" ect. So I was asking if the paddock was too small of an area to keep him cooped up in, thinking everyone elses horses were still out in pasture.

spirit88 11-16-2012 09:56 AM

I think your paddock size is plenty big enough for your little guy. My big horses have smaller paddocks then that and they survive. Mine are off the pasture now because of deer hunting plus theres not much pasture left any way. As long as he has some where to get out of the weather and enough room to run and play he will be fine. For the most part mine never come in the barn all winter.

loosie 11-16-2012 06:26 PM

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Originally Posted by eavinet (Post 1760326)
So I was asking if the paddock was too small of an area to keep him cooped up in, .

That's why I was a bit confused by your question - you didn't tell what the paddock size was!:wink: But if it's arena size or bigger, fine. Sounds like you've already had some good advice about horses being horses:wink:

Yes, many people keep horses cooped up, not just in winter, but some horses live in stables or tiny yards all year, many with less than half the day turned out, some with only hours or less of turnout daily!!:evil: Sometimes this may be unavoidable in certain situations, like horses in the middle of cities(not that I'd have one if I had to keep it that way) but this is not good for horses, either physically or mentally, so best avoided/minimised as much as possible. If you provided a run-in shelter, or left the barn door open, your little tacker could make up his own mind when the weather's bad enough to come in.

eavinet 11-22-2012 01:12 PM

Okay I really need to learn the lingo - haha. I guess its not a barn, its a run in shelter? Its a 15 x 15 building we built with no door, in the paddock thats 100 x 200 (or more). I keep his hay and water in the shelter and he can come and go as he pleases. The paddock is also surrounded by thick forest on two sides and my house on the third.

I cant imagine a horse being in a stall all winter :S


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