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post #11 of 33 Old 04-16-2013, 10:18 PM
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Long story short I live with my boyfriend, he was coming home from work and got tackled by an officer and eventually cuffed and put in the back of the car. So I tried asking the officers (there was a swarm of them in front of our house with made it even stranger) what he had done to warrant an arrest and after being ignored and then told to go back to my house, I did so but by that time the officers decided to take me in too. All for asking why my boyfriend was being arrested the whole situation was very strange. Turns out there were so many police because there was a coyote loose running through back yards (live in the city/surburbs) and the reason they arrested my boyfriend was because he asked them if it would be possible to move one of their cars so he could get in the driveway and come home....although they put it as attempted assault. :/ Very strange strange situation and I hope it never happens again.
So how'd you end up in a stall? Or are you saying you went into a jail cell??????
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post #12 of 33 Old 04-16-2013, 10:35 PM
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My horse (one right now) has a stall, kept bedded with a fan in summer and shelter in winter. Luckily it leads out into her pasture, I leave it open and she has free will. When she's been cleaned up for a show, when we are coming early to load up or if she's blanketed at night she's stalled. Otherwise she stands in the about 6 hours a day and sleeps laying in there at night. She loves her stall!!
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post #13 of 33 Old 04-16-2013, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Precisely, jail cell. Wanted to get the point across while not pushing the limits of the forum...
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post #14 of 33 Old 04-16-2013, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to completely ignore the part about you being in a 'stall' because I find that to be all over odd...and probably unneccessary.

We pasture all of our horses 24-7 but make sure that the area in which they live is large enough and build in such a way that the animals can get away from eachother if necessary. Horses are even more of social animals than us because it isn't JUST about having 'friendship and companionship' for them. To them, other horses means safety. No other horses means no safety. It isn't that way with us, because we are not prey animals. You'll have the occasional 'loner' horse but for the most part if an animal has a choice, it will be with as many other horses as possible, at least at seeing or hearing distance.

This is shown with the example of our foster filly right now. She has been with us since late December and due to having a very infectious virus, then lice, and now a severe injury, she has spent all but about 3 weeks of that time isolated. She absolutely hates it. We have her in a run in where she has a panel 'stall' to seek shelter in, as well as a small area for her to stretch her legs in and watch what is happening around her. She can see other horses, but she can't touch them or be near them. Yesterday was the first day that I turned her out in a bigger pasture to run around since her injury, and we had a gelding tied to her fence. Instead of playing or grazing, she immediately went over, pressed herself as close to the gelding as possible (though she'd never seen him before), and proceeded to lay down and take a long nap. I haven't seen her so relaxed in weeks. She even decided not to come to her dinner call in order to be with the gelding, because she craves safety (especially after all she has been through) and he represented safety to her.

It makes me sad, really, to realize that people think of horses as people, when in reality they are entirely different beings!
I do apologize for any offense taken I did not aim for that, to offend I mean or make people uncomfortable. Like I said, it was just something I was thinking about to pass the time and was wondering what other peoples' thoughts on the subject were. I know it may sound odd to some the way I put it but I really just meant for it to be some discussion. And in my opinion some of the best conversation comes from controversial topics of ways of stating things, some take to oddly put things better than others. Everything can't suit everyone, but there are things to suit everyone.

Thank you very much for your input though, despite your obvious dislike for the way I presented it.
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post #15 of 33 Old 04-16-2013, 10:55 PM
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My horse is kept stalled for the majority of the time; he gets 3-4 hours of turnout daily. It's the thing I wish I could change most about the place where I board, and will probably ultimately be the reason I move one day... It is at least a larger than average stall, and he can touch noses with the horse next to him and see several other horses nearby.

I would much prefer my horse to be turned all day and either kept in a smaller paddock or stall at night. I do think I'd always want access to a stall, even if my horse wasn't spending a lot of time in it.
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post #16 of 33 Old 04-16-2013, 10:59 PM
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Ours are out on pasture 24/7 with a three sided shelter. We do have a barn with stalls. None of our horses have ever been in the stalls though. I like having the option in case of medical needs.
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Wait, you compare jail with a horses life? Lol. I never really looked at it like that-- probably because they are the most spoiled inmates ive ever seen, im gonna call my horses 'my inmates' from now on!
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post #18 of 33 Old 04-17-2013, 05:28 AM
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My horses are out 24/7 at the moment but once our stables are finished I will stall them at night over winter. I would prefer them to be outside so will probably only use the stable when its really miserable and the paddocks get really water-logged. Also will help dry their feet out a bit, they both got bad thrush last winter so am looking forward to having somewhere mud-free and dry to clean them up.
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post #19 of 33 Old 04-17-2013, 06:22 AM
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I prefer 24/7 turnout with access to a barn/stall in case of injury or illness. The more turnout a horse can get (especially if turned out with other horses), the better it is for its mental and physical health. Better hooves, better joints, happier horses.

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Our 3 are out during the day in the winter/stalled at night. During the summer they're out at night and in during the day.

My bald face mare sunburns easily so keeping her in during the day helps prevent a nasty burn.

Sunscreen everyday in the summer along with a UV fly mask also helps, but still, she needs to be in out of the sun.

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