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post #11 of 14 Old 10-05-2013, 10:25 AM
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Well I can't afford a stall for her this year. Last winter she was stalled in an unheated barn but it stayed about 30. It can easily hit -30 here with windchill for 1-2 months of the winter otherwise 10-20 is a normal temp. No ice storms really just snow and cold. I already know she will be layered up in winter.

The barn we are at now is such a great place but my board doubled when I moved so its pasture. She will be in lean-tos all winter which are very protected and she will be in the small group of easy older horses. She actually hasn't gotten wet with all this rain because she hasn't left the shelter. Her food and water are in there so she has no reason to leave.

I think it's time for her medium at night though now. I just wanted to make sure I was doing all I could. I'm watching her weight and might add some fat to her diet if she looks like she needs it.
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You're doing what you can and sometimes that has to be enough. Just try not to let her lose too much weight, it's hard to get them fattened back up when they're seniors. Maybe see if you can put her in a stall only on the worst days? If your BO has a spare stall she might allow that on a daily rate?

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All the stalls are full right now. I would have to reserve a stall for the cold months so then the owners would kick one of their own outside but I can't ask them to do that when their horse has been used to a stall all winter.

I also feel bad having the barn staff remove her blankets every morning since she is out on pasture and finishes her food before they can finish feeding everyone then she wanders off. I have full board but really I don't think I pay enough to have them take her blankets off all the time. I'm going to have a talk with the owner today or tomorrow and see what we can work out. The weather has been bouncing all over the place lately. But it looks like next week it should start cooling enough that she can stay in her medium weight.

My barn will not let her lose weight. They really care about the horses and will give each horse attention as it needs it.
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I had forgotten what it's like to have to board. I have my own horses at home and one boarder. I do everything for her horse, right along side of my own and don't think anything of it. She's going to be in for an awakening if she ever has to move her horse from here, unless it's only to her own place. I think I have her a little spoiled. She pays for pasture board and he gets a stall because he's the only boarder. I told her not to buy him a blanket because he's growing and I probably will have blankets to fit him til he's full grown. When we trim feet, I just do his, give him his dewormer when I do mine and line 'em all up for their yearly shots together. She only pays for the dewormer and the vaccines themselves. I forgot what it's like to be a BO trying to actually MAKE money. LOL!

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Yes I wish she was at home with me. But I went from basically self care to full board and I would never go back unless it was my backyard. I will not leave this barn until I can bring her home which isn't going to happen in the foreseeable future. You can tell the owners really love what they do. Which is why I don't mind paying extra for all the extra attention she needs, I just can't afford a stall unless I give up her training.
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