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post #11 of 18 Old 10-08-2015, 10:27 AM
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It sounds like the field board is the better $deal and better for your horse, but I don't get it. Does your horse have a stall, or not? I can't imagine a BO keeping an empty stall just for emergencies.
I used to keep a herd outside with a shelter, for 14 years. I could not WAIT until I could stall my horses (who are now in my back yard). Mine spend more hours in turnout than they ever do in a stall, but I love the option of the stall, especially when the turnout is all mud.
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It sounds like the field board is the better $deal and better for your horse, but I don't get it. Does your horse have a stall, or not? I can't imagine a BO keeping an empty stall just for emergencies.
I used to keep a herd outside with a shelter, for 14 years. I could not WAIT until I could stall my horses (who are now in my back yard). Mine spend more hours in turnout than they ever do in a stall, but I love the option of the stall, especially when the turnout is all mud.
No hoof, no horse.
I used to work for a woman who did keep one stall that was away from all the others for such purposes. Just in case she had to quarantine a horse, or there was an injury.

I agree with every one else, field board. Horses are happier and healthier when they are NOT stalled.

And on the rain rot concern, I have found that if the horse is healthy and groomed frequently (not necessarily every day), they are not likely to get it. The only time my old girl got it was when she was physically depleted (that's another story for another day).
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Thanks for everyone's in put! It really helped, I think I will go with field board, I just needed some reassuring that he will be OK. He my first horse an all:)
Incase anyone was confused, the run-in is 12'x36' and has removable dividers for stalls, so the barn owner will put the dividers up if she feels they need to be I in stalls, and then take them out when they aren't needed. The stalls are very secure though, she though it out very well.
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If field board were an option where I board I would take it even if the cost were the same. For many years I kept horses in Western Wyoming. 9 months of winter and 3 months of poor sledding. Winter high temps regularly below zero, night temps average -20F and lower. My horses had a proper run-in shed and plenty to eat. If they can stay dry and out of the wind, they are much happier. Plus, barns have dust all the time, bad for the lungs. I never blanketed. I had very hairy horses in the spring that required lots of grooming, but I NEVER had a horse get an upper respiratory infection or any other illness.
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If you take the field board then at least know that there's a definite stall available should you need it. If there's only one emergency stall then what happens if more than one horse needs it at any given time?
Even when I've had horses that lived out most of the time I had a place in side to stand them for individual feeding, grooming, tacking up because IMO there's no pleasure in doing those things in the freezing cold, pouring rain or hot sun being eaten alive by bugs
My horses all go out as much as possible but none of them want to be out in bad weather, bug season or extreme heat and soon head for the barn wanting to come in.
Not all horses will go in a shelter with other horses - they fear being trapped with no escape from another horse attacking them. I've also known some horses to stand right in the entrance and not allow others in so in bad weather they have to stand outside with no hay if that's where it all gets put.
Just things to consider
To a horse like an OTTB that's spent all its life having its own stable there's nothing at all natural about living outside 24/7 and some never get used to it - so always have a Plan B
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Thanks for everyone's in put! It really helped, I think I will go with field board, I just needed some reassuring that he will be OK. He my first horse an all:)
Incase anyone was confused, the run-in is 12'x36' and has removable dividers for stalls, so the barn owner will put the dividers up if she feels they need to be I in stalls, and then take them out when they aren't needed. The stalls are very secure though, she though it out very well.
That's awesome! Hey, if you think about it, when you get your horse moved and settled in, can you take a pic of the run in with the removable dividers? I'd love to know how she came up with that! I have a friend that uses gates to divide her run in into stalls for feeding. Always looking for other ideas.
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If you take the field board then at least know that there's a definite stall available should you need it. If there's only one emergency stall then what happens if more than one horse needs it at any given time?
Even when I've had horses that lived out most of the time I had a place in side to stand them for individual feeding, grooming, tacking up because IMO there's no pleasure in doing those things in the freezing cold, pouring rain or hot sun being eaten alive by bugs
My horses all go out as much as possible but none of them want to be out in bad weather, bug season or extreme heat and soon head for the barn wanting to come in.
Not all horses will go in a shelter with other horses - they fear being trapped with no escape from another horse attacking them. I've also known some horses to stand right in the entrance and not allow others in so in bad weather they have to stand outside with no hay if that's where it all gets put.
Just things to consider
To a horse like an OTTB that's spent all its life having its own stable there's nothing at all natural about living outside 24/7 and some never get used to it - so always have a Plan B
As much as I like horses being out as much as possible, I agree completely with Jaydee. A run in shed is fine if it is constructed right which means deep enough that the horse can get completely out of the wind, and has some ventilation that it remains cool enough in the summer. The horses also have to be compatible that all of them can share the shed when they need to.

Just my personal preference, but my idea situation would be large pastures with sheds, and the horses brought into stalls for individual feeding and stalled during the hottest part of the day when the flies are bad and stalled for the most inclement weather.
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post #18 of 18 Old 10-08-2015, 08:32 PM
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Field Board. I would make sure that there is hay in the winter months and would question what
exactly is meant by "as needed" .
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