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post #1 of 5 Old 12-04-2014, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, I have a 12 y/o QH. He very much prefers being outdoors 24/7. The weather in NY is very muddy and mushy, and he has the beginnings of thrush in all 4 frogs. So, I need to stall him at night to give his feet a chance to dry out and feel better. BUT HE HATES IT, my god, he kicks and kicks and is miserable. He is in a very nice barn, with open head stall, and several others horses nearby. It's only been two nights, and I am hoping he will catch-on to the routine and stop being such a crabby man while stalled at night. Any advice on easing his transition to sleeping inside? Thank you!
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I would provide hay in a slow feeder so he had something to munch on all night to take his mind off of being stuck inside and bored,
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Yes, good idea, thank you!
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-05-2014, 12:13 PM
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Its new so he might take a while to get used to it especially if the horses he's used to being with are still outside and he can maybe see them
Having food in front of him all the time will help
My horses wouldn't thank you for being left out in wet cold weather in fact keeping them out is harder than having them want to stay in
If he won't settle is there no outside run in that he'd use if hay was in there?
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Yes, he is a horse, and especially if he's not used to it, it can be incredibly stressful for them to be cooped up in 'solitary confinement'. I would start by giving him a 'calmer' of some kind, such as a homeopathic, 'Rescue Remedy' or such. Then I'd gradually desensitise him to being in. Start out bringing him in for very short periods, a number of times over the day, until he's fine with that. Make sure there are as much 'goodies' associated with being in as possible, such as feed, grooming if he likes it, other friends to visit... and no further Bad Stuff. Eg. don't take him in there & tack him up for work.

As he's obviously quite upset about the idea at the moment, and you have gone into winter already, you may have left it a bit late this year. I'd consider that unless the horse is seriously lame, a muddy paddock is the better evil than a horse that's going to be in serious stress. Speaking, BTW, from an environment that's 'seedy & thrush central' due to being muddy half the year, and stables aren't that common, so I see unprepared horses 'condemned' to stables, and, more frequently, thrushy hooves in far from ideal environments, out in it 24/7 due to lack of any option... yes, it's not great, wish it could be avoided, but their feet don't tend to fall off either, especially if other methods to keep them (relatively) healthy are taken too. I think they are generally far better off than many who are stabled part/full time, especially when not accustomed/relaxed about it.

If it's a 'medical emergency' that he seriously needs 'stall rest', then he may need to be sedated.
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