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post #1 of 5 Old 09-14-2015, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Fed hay inside or outside

I have two minis and a run in shelter. I use slow feeders. Should I put the feeders inside or outside the shelter? Inside is protected from rain but they also spend more time inside which results in more urine and messing up the dirt floors.

Do you feed hay inside or outside?
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-14-2015, 07:26 PM
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Outside unless it's raining or snowing. And a new spot every 1-3wks so the ground isn't beat to heck and turned into mush.
Like you said, too much poop and pee build up. They rarely leave the shelter and with hay in there, even less reason for them to leave.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-14-2015, 07:38 PM
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Outside is almost always the better option (weather permitting), but you can increase their movement by using multiple smaller feeders and stationing them around the turnout area if you have the space.
This keeps the ground in better condition since it's not constantly being trampled and the horses get to roam and 'graze' which is beneficial mentally.

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post #4 of 5 Old 09-20-2015, 11:18 AM
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We have walk-in stalls. Regardless of where we put our slow feeders, the horses spend most of their time inside...

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-20-2015, 12:58 PM
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I really don't think it matters. If you put them inside perhaps it'll stop their pooping and peeing where they like to eat. My mom's pony has essentially potty trained himself to go potty only outside his stall now that she feeds him in it. It could happen.

But really, I don't think it matters. What's easiest for you to get to in your PJs in the middle of a rain? Think about it that way.

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