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post #11 of 14 Old 06-03-2013, 10:33 PM
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I would keep him where he is. Many, many horses live in stalls their entire lives and do just fine. Many of them even seem to enjoy the activity going on around them. Fayde is the sweet heart of the barn, everybody stops by her stall to see her and get slobbery kissy's. I thought she would be freaked out by the county fair rides and mayhem last year, but she couldn't get enough of the lights and sound. Silly pony.

You say he doesn't seem to be showing any of the usual signs of being stressed out, so I would just keep doing what you are doing. You are able to see him every day, you know he is getting fed and cared for exactly as he should because you are able to do it yourself.

And really, isn't that the reason for having horses, to feed and care for them yourself if you are able to?

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post #12 of 14 Old 06-03-2013, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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I've seen several horses that got stocked up in the hocks while stalled. One I know of, was moved and put out to pasture. What do you know, the stocking up went away.

Having them closer and paying more doesn't always mean they are better cared for. That is another reason we moved ours back. That is also why my wife quit working there.
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I agree. I have also seen horses that get stocked up from standing around (like in the winter when their owners can't turn them out due to bad footing so they leave them in their stalls instead of hand walking, oyy).

It is honestly a crap chute. The 3 closest barns to where I live are all in it for the money (even if they try to make it seem otherwise) and all have been said to feed very poorly as well (I know first hand). There are barns that will take care of your horse and there are barns that won't. Thankfully, we found a paddock that fit our horse's needs and they take great care of them since we can't be there all the time. Local barn wise, I am there daily taking care of my horse and making sure he gets enough to eat.

One day, all 3 of them will be in my backyard......
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post #13 of 14 Old 06-03-2013, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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I feel your pain! And don't forget that just because you move them farther out and the barn has pastures, that doesn't mean they utilize them. So I would really do your research before switching to a different barn just because it looks like a better turn out situation. The barn I board at is in a rural area with a decent amount of turn out space and yet a large majority of the time they are spent empty while all the horses stand in their stalls. Drives me nuts. And I only live about 20 minutes away, but I still can't make it out there every day.
That is a good point too! However, at least they would have the option to and it is less psychologically straining. My stalled horse always makes good use of his turnout time, either waking back and forth, running around while playing, or racing other horses that are being ridden/walked by. ;)

I am not considering moving him far away to somewhere I can not see him and work with him daily. I wouldn't have bought a 3rd horse (him) if I just wanted another pasture horse to visit every two weeks. He is in training (not professional, but by me) and has a job.

Exactly! I HATE when people do that! Turnouts are open and they just come to feed, then leave!
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I would keep him where he is. Many, many horses live in stalls their entire lives and do just fine. Many of them even seem to enjoy the activity going on around them. Fayde is the sweet heart of the barn, everybody stops by her stall to see her and get slobbery kissy's. I thought she would be freaked out by the county fair rides and mayhem last year, but she couldn't get enough of the lights and sound. Silly pony.

You say he doesn't seem to be showing any of the usual signs of being stressed out, so I would just keep doing what you are doing. You are able to see him every day, you know he is getting fed and cared for exactly as he should because you are able to do it yourself.

And really, isn't that the reason for having horses, to feed and care for them yourself if you are able to?
Our other two horses were stalled before they were retired. I didn't like that they had to be cooped up either, and when our pony's good eye started going blind and my TB torn a ligament and never healed, I opted to just let them be horses. They were buddies so it worked out nicely and now they are in a paddock just the two of them.

Eventually my stalled guy will be "freed" too, I am just tired of waiting. ;)
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