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post #21 of 33 Old 04-17-2013, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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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!
lol yeah I guess I did because if you think about it they really have no choice in how they're kept or treated and for the most part they're told how to act and expected to act a certain way or "suffer the consequences". Although I do think its a stretch as well, since like you said, most horses are the most privileged "inmates" anyone has ever seen, and when they don't follow the rules the consequences aren't anywhere near as bad as a true imates would be but hey when you're sitting in a jail cell scared out of your mind wondering why you're there in the first place, apparently you can make some pretty interesting (and funny) comparisons, no matter how much of a stretch they are.

I also know people aren't horses or vice versa, I just think that they're similar in there need for other intraspecies interaction, their need for their basic necessities to be taken care of, and their will to have freedom(or at bare minimum free choice on some things). Obviously, people are not horses, thats just silly :P
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My horse is out 24/7 and has a run in shed he can hang out in. During the winter I stalled him at night and he seemed happy with that arrangement but now that the weather is nice he's out all the time and I think he prefers that. My horse is a bit spoiled and doesn't care for the cold.
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post #23 of 33 Old 04-17-2013, 09:17 AM
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I take mine for potty walks a few times a day to get them out of the AC. The neighbors hate it when they leave them presents on their front lawn.

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My set up is a barn with three stalls which sits in the pasture and I never lock mine up in their stalls although they go in and out all day long )along with the goats and sheep lol) into whichever stall they choose. They are basically pasture 24/7 with the freedom to enter their stalls whenever they decide to do so. I also feed in the mangers in the stalls so they obviously come in to eat ;)
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Our horses are out 24/7 and they have a stall area they have access to in the barn along with an overhang next to it. They tend to use the open overhang area way more than the open stall area. In fact - the only time I think they have ever used the stall was when I put hay in there.

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I would firstly say - don't even try to compare how you feel with a how a horse feels, like dogs they have a very different concept of time and boredom to us. Number 1 on their daily 'to do' list is 'eat'.
My horses are all kept on the same routine - in the winter they go out all day and come in at night and in the summer they come in as soon as I see them winding up about the flies plus it forms a big part of my grazing restriction management as they are all either 'high laminitis risk or tend to pile weight on very easily - they go back out in the evening. If I thought they hated being in and were stressed up by it I wouldn't do it - as it is they settle down with their hay, they can all see each other and are relaxed and happy
I don't like run in sheds where you have a group of horses that don't always agree - they can feel and often do get trapped in them and that's when accidents happen
There's this saying 'listen to your horse' - well the fact that my lot are always either already queuing up to come in or come in at the gallop the moment they see me tells me they are not seeing their stables/stalls as somewhere they don't want to be - in fact when the weathers bad they mostly have to be dragged or pushed out and given the chance will be back in again before you shut the doors.
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I think, if they can without foundering or colicking, then you should keep them in pasture. It's more natural, better for their teeth, and saves you money on the teeth and feed. Horses are herd animals, and should be treated as such- in a field, with several other horses. Stalls are okay sometimes, but if you give a horse the option to go in a stall or the field (which I do) , they will choose the field, redgardless of the weather. Let them choose. :)

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post #28 of 33 Old 04-17-2013, 11:35 AM
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My bunch have me trained very well. When it's nice, they are out on pasture with 24/7 hay available and they get fed their buckets twice daily. When the weather starts to get ugly, they line up at the gate to the barnyard and wait for me to come put them in. They have sorted things out so well, I don't even need a halter or lead rope anymore. The come in the yard, and they go in the barn in order of seniority. They each know which stall is theirs and they'll go stand in front of it while I walk up to open the door for them. I have one horse who is so habit bound, she goes into the barn, goes to where she used to be stalled (we have been having some rain YAY, but it's been flooding one side of the barn), then walks across the aisle and into her new stall.
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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.
The way you started your thread and worded things just sounded very strange to me, and while I may have been the only one, I was not thinking 'jail cell' when I read your post, and it made me a bit suspicious. No harm done, I think I've just been conditioned by the things happening in the world (and in my area) lately to think the worst when I see things like that...

I do stand by my statement that animals are not humans though, and we have to be careful not to treat them as such, or to give them emotions that they do not have. I find myself doing it constantly. I am 100% for as much pasture and turn out as possible, but I will not ever accuse a horse owner of cruelty, abuse, or neglect if they don't have that option, or
if they have a good reason (injury, light colored skin, etc) because IMO as long as the animal is given at least some time each day to exercise, food to munch on throughout the day, and water- they have more than a lot of other horses out there. Horses, thankfully, are very adaptable creatures.
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The way you started your thread and worded things just sounded very strange to me, and while I may have been the only one, I was not thinking 'jail cell' when I read your post, and it made me a bit suspicious. No harm done, I think I've just been conditioned by the things happening in the world (and in my area) lately to think the worst when I see things like that...

I do stand by my statement that animals are not humans though, and we have to be careful not to treat them as such, or to give them emotions that they do not have. I find myself doing it constantly. I am 100% for as much pasture and turn out as possible, but I will not ever accuse a horse owner of cruelty, abuse, or neglect if they don't have that option, or
if they have a good reason (injury, light colored skin, etc) because IMO as long as the animal is given at least some time each day to exercise, food to munch on throughout the day, and water- they have more than a lot of other horses out there. Horses, thankfully, are very adaptable creatures.
No problem, I didn't want to make a post that sounded too...idk more than PG rated when I was writing it and that was the best thing I could come up with. Sorry for the confusion.

As far as the horse keeping side of my post I was thinking that it gave me an actual experience to see that my previously favored way of keeping horses was a bit uncomfortable, and my way of thinking has changed to a stall with attached paddock or pasture with a run-in shed is the best way to go in my opinion. Which is why I was curious to see not only how people kept their horses but how their horses reacted to the different stabling methods if they'd tried more than one.
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