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