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post #1 of 13 Old 10-30-2013, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Boarding (Stall or Pasture?)

I've always kept my horse in a stall but had him turned out on pasture for about 7 hours or so with some other horses. But I'm now moving my horse to another barn closer to me and their turnouts aren't very big at all. My dilemma is whether I would like to keep him outside in a small turnout (more of a pen with a covered shed) or keep him in a stall where it'll be warmer and he won't be affected so much by weather. (I was planning on shaving him this winter).

The stall and the pen are actually relatively the same size (It's very big for a stall) so it's not like he would be getting anymore exercise outside. I'm just not sure.

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post #2 of 13 Old 10-30-2013, 08:50 PM
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Definitely outside! It's not good for your horse's health to be in a box all day.
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post #3 of 13 Old 10-30-2013, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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and I agree with that, my only thoughts on that is that they are quite similar in size.
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post #4 of 13 Old 10-30-2013, 09:06 PM
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I think your horse would be more active outdoors, he could see more rather than just four walls, you know?
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post #5 of 13 Old 10-30-2013, 09:14 PM
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I may be a radical, but I believe stalling is bad for horses. I could never do anything but pasture board. Out 24/7. Horses aren't meant to stand still. They are designed to move and graze.
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post #6 of 13 Old 10-30-2013, 09:27 PM
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If you plan to clip the horse this winter, I'd go for the stall with an option for daily turnout if they offer that. If you don't clip, then outside is probably ok as long as there's some kind of shelter available. You don't say what part of the country you're in, so people from your area could give their opinions.
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-30-2013, 09:36 PM
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That's an interesting dilemma. Normally I would jump on the pasture board option for the more movement, but if there's no extra room, he might be more comfy in a stall at night during the colder months. How does this horse do in cold weather? Does he grow a thick coat, or is he the type who drops 200 pounds and needs frequent blanketing?

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #8 of 13 Old 10-30-2013, 09:43 PM
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I would do pasture board with a blanket. Even if it's the same size, they'd much prefer being outside where they can see the world. If it gets extremely cold where you are, maybe stalled at night with a daily turnout blanketed?
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post #9 of 13 Old 10-30-2013, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everybody, and I'm going to ask if he can be stalled at night and turned out during the day with a couple other horses. The barn owners are very open to new things (as nobody else has asked for this as of yet) I think that that would be the best option for my horse, as that's also the schedule that he's already used to. And MyBoyPuck - I've always blanketed him, and he's never grown an incredibly thick coat or lost a significant amount of weight, but he sweats a lot in the winter when he gets fuzzier, so I try to keep his coat length down which helps a significant amount and instead just blanket him heavily. (Which is why I want to shave him this winter, plus we might head to a couple shows)

Edit - I live in Colorado, just to throw that out there.
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post #10 of 13 Old 10-31-2013, 02:34 AM
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If there is a shelter in the outdoor yard I'd go for that, even if it's the same size. More fresh air, sunshine, breeze and he gets to see what's going on.

It's great that your asking for turnout options though! If they think there is a market for it they might be able to work it out for you and I think your horse would be happier for it
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