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post #11 of 19 Old 08-03-2013, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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[QUOTE=jaydee;
I've got a small ménage that works OK but would love an indoor school to escape the heat, cold, rain, snow, ice and bugs[/QUOTE]

I'm adding the indoor to my list of ideals too :) I just have a round pen at this point. :)

I'm so far seeing a trend in priority...safe, happy, healthy, natural to the horse.

For those in a stalled situation, does this tend to be out of space necessity? Safety? Protection? Competition? I always think there are cool aspects to keeping a stalled horse, but know there are vices and health issues that go with keeping them in a less than natural setting like that...it seems like a lot of high level competition horses are kept this way... Is that mostly a protection of an investment at that point?

Nocturva, is the boarding situation for your horse ideal for you? Do you know the reason the facility does it this way (convince? Safety?) I know a lot of facilities that do this and then a lot of personal owners that do a more 'natural' style.... Just curious about the difference...

I'm also jealous of the acreage of some of your pastures! Not much pasture time here (Alaska). ;)
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post #12 of 19 Old 08-03-2013, 07:31 PM
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I'm a bit of a "restless" person which means I tend to move around a lot, and bring my dog and horse with me wherever I go.

Right now I am renting a room on a thirty acre property, and paying a little extra for agistment. Harm is in an eight acre paddock with 3 other horses. There is some natural shelter. Not many facilities, but there is a roundyard and an enclosed grass riding area.

To me its important to keep my horse in a paddock, I'd consider stabling in the evening but prefer 24/7 pasture. Two agistment places ago, the best option was to rent a private 1 acre paddock with a shelter, horses on each side but my then horse, Rosie, really hated being alone. So to me a priority is having a paddock shared with another horse. Here in Australia about 95% of fencing is star pickets and wire, some with barbed and some not, but I try to go places where they have electric fences. I know my horse respects them, and so if they're on there is little chance she'll injure herself. Places with good feed and shelter are important.

I'd love to have an indoor, never going to happen in my price range. It's important to me to have a roundyard but I can live without but there must be a flattish, enclosed and safe riding area.

I live there to be a good fire plan, and ideally some people coming and going, so if something happens to my horse someone will notice. Beyond that, as I am self care, it doesn't matter so much.

Price is always a thing for me, also distance.
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post #13 of 19 Old 08-03-2013, 10:07 PM
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My horses all have their own pastures, with lots of trees for shade and shelter. My property is broken up so I can turn them out together in pairs, for a few hours a day, then they all go back to their own pasture at night. The only thing I wish I had was a barn to put them in when the weather is really bad. But they seem to manage, and since four of them have never been stalled they would probably hate it any way.
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post #14 of 19 Old 08-03-2013, 11:04 PM
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One of my horses is outside 24/7 rain or shine. He thrives on it lol he won't come inside to save his life (or use a shelter :P). The other is allowed to choose if she wants to go in the barn or not (we board). All the horses are out and hardly ever in the barn and all of them are in their own herds so they get to socialize and exercise. The graze all day and get free choice hay in the winter and are grained twice a day with varying amounts to their specific needs. I just wish the place had an indoor arena sometimes so that I could go out in in-climate weather!
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post #15 of 19 Old 08-04-2013, 12:23 AM
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My horses are at a very ideal place, and I would hardly change a thing. I've found a rare combination of features; my horses are out 24/7 and still get fed grain up to twice a day. Usually you can only have one of those two. One of my mares has PSSM and cannot live without turnout and feed. The BO even puts on her grazing muzzle during the day. It would be tough to bring her anywhere else.

24/7 turnout also benefits my Arabian. She eats enough grass to maintain her weight (and gets a grazing muzzle during the spring), so the BO just gives her a pound of ration balancer in the morning. The pasture is lush and well cared for and has plenty of shade if needed.

It's also affordable, quiet (only one other boarder), and five minutes from my house.

I'm going to college next year, and I'm dreading having to leave this place.
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post #16 of 19 Old 08-04-2013, 01:10 AM
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My horses our at my home on 20 acres, some flat some against the hill with trees and a pond. having them at my home on pasture is a must for me. they have room to run and play I have 6 so they also have the comfort of the heard. we also have a large barn for extra shelter if the timber isn't enough. id say it is ideal and feel very fortunate to have it for them.
if I could change anything it would be panel fencing instead of smooth wire and im working on nagging enough to get an arena in by spring

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post #18 of 19 Old 08-04-2013, 06:51 AM
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There are many different ways to keep and care for horses (stall kept, pasture, meal fed, free choice, etc.), each having its own drawbacks and benefits. I was just wondering how everyone keeps their horses and why? And, if your horse Ian in your ideal situation because of location or finances, what would your ideal be according to your needs as a horse owner and what you feel your horse needs?
I'd like to emulate a horse's natural way of life as much as possible, so 24/7 turnout on small (1/2-1 acre per horse) shared paddocks, but they would have to be seperated to feed them. If they had to be stalled, I'd probably use a Nibblenet or similar. I'd also not feed grain, but a ration balancer. If it could, it'd go barefoot, and I'd do much riding every day to simulate nomadic life.

I don't have a horse, but this is something I've spent huge amount of time considering, because if I can't do it right, I shouldn't do it at all.

Edited to add: I'd love both an indoor and an outside arena so I have choices, and neither get crowded.

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post #19 of 19 Old 08-04-2013, 08:48 AM
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My horse is out 24/7 and is part of a herd of 18 horses. They have four different paddocks (read huge fields) which are rotated to keep all four in tip top shape. They are fed using nosebags as there isn't a stable in sight. He loves it there and is the happiest he has been since I got him. :)

My priority for him is to be happy and to live as naturally as he can the 23 hours a day when I am not there. And of course, his safety. They are very well looked-after.
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