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post #1 of 18 Old 10-08-2015, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Field bored Vs stall board

I have a delima. I own a 5 year OTTB gelding, he doesn't really get hot, but at my old barn he always got plenty of turnout currently he is at the owners barn, but I am moving him near me in a few weeks and I need to decide between field or stall board. I live in eastern PA, winter nights get down to around 20, but it's not rare to get in the single digits. Summers normally around 80 but can also get up to 90+. We normaly don't get much snow, no more than 6''-8'' at a time, but we've been know to get dumped on with 2'. When there's a hurricane going around we can get a lot of rain, for many days. This is my first horse, but I have leased before and they aways had a stall. I know field board is better but I just get paranoid when they have to be out in all weather. And will they be ok if there out in a multi day hurricane.
1. Stall board: hay and grain twice daily, daily turnout, when weathers nice there out almost all the time, in winter out except from 11:00pm-6:00am. But will be in if the weathers really bad. $400 a month.

2. Field board: out in a very large grass pasture with a heard of 3, large run in shed with removable stall planks. Grain twice daily, hay when needed. Heated water in winter, will be in stalls in the run-in when theres a bad storm or really cold night. I still get access to ring, cross ties, wash stall etc. And I still get blanket changes and everything. The only thing I'm losing is a real stall. $250 a month

I don't think I can afford stall board, because it's all on me. But I don't know if he will be OK out in a field all winter.

Thanks in advance! I'm just really stuck at what to do
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-08-2015, 01:45 AM
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If it were me I would go for the field board - sounds like he will still get very dedicated care and it will cost you a lot less. I would much prefer my horse to have the ability to be part of a herd and have the option of shelter if he chooses. I would think your horse would enjoy this option much more too.
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post #3 of 18 Old 10-08-2015, 01:47 AM
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Absolutely & positively field board. Horses are out door, herd animals and while it's sometimes necessary(eg box rest for injury) & convenient to have them in a stable, ready & waiting(& usually cleaner) when we want them, and they can usually get used to being stabled, it is not the best for their health or happiness to be locked up & alone(even if horses are in stables next door).

And being outside herd animals, for the most part, if they are healthy, part of a herd, adequate forage, have some form of shelter... they will also cope fine in any weather. If you're concerned about unhealthy horses, no shelter, particularly thin coated TBs for eg, there are also many & varied rugs that you can choose from, for the colder nights/periods.
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post #4 of 18 Old 10-08-2015, 02:04 AM
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Well said by Kiwi and Loosie.

I'd recommend the field board, also.
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Honestly it doesn't sound like there's a huge difference between stall and field board if the stall board horses are out as much as it sounds like. I'd go with field board.
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post #6 of 18 Old 10-08-2015, 06:31 AM
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I would do field board. If something happens where you need a stall (for an injury or illness) you can always re evaluate. I think that horses like to be outside for the most part.
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post #7 of 18 Old 10-08-2015, 07:16 AM
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I agree with field board. SO much better. Hurricane wise we are on the coast and have, over the years, experienced more than one hurricane head on. Where you are at it would be a non issue for me. We can also have long periods of steady, heavy rainfall. The only ones that I worry over are those prone to rain rot or scratches. We keep meds on hand for that.
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post #8 of 18 Old 10-08-2015, 08:58 AM
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I think horses are so much happier when field boarded, at least if they can get in & out of some sort of shelter as they wish.
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post #9 of 18 Old 10-08-2015, 09:30 AM
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Field board. I live in upstate NY which is similar in weather to PA (except maybe more snow) and all of my horses are out 24/7 with a run in including my two tbs. They are all in great health and i feel them being out so much has been hugely beneficial.
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We're in hurricane alley and our horses are out 24x7 with a shelter and it is no problem at all. The biggest concern with hurricanes is flooding, not the wind and rain.
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