Probably for about a month. We're moving on limited funds from Oklahoma to Utah so I don't exactly have $400 per horse for pasture board ( which is quite all I'm finding in the area we're moving to at the moment ) & I'm not finding over-night locations that are close enough to where we'll be for me to justify putting the horses there for a week or two while getting a permanent board location arranged. I understand both of your concerns on this, but I'm not asking for advice on whether or not I should keep them in a stall-board situation. I already know it's not the best option in the world, but the only other option is to sell them, which I don't agree with selling an animal/ re-homing an animal just
because I'm moving. At the moment the location is a county/state owned stable ( it's the fairgrounds ) and they give options for leaving at any time during your boarding contract on 2 weeks notice as well as the option to change to the paddocks/runs when they open up/are available; so for now it is
my only option.
Can you at least buy some step-in posts and put up an electric fence? It's not hard to set up a small area, even for someone who's never done it before (lots of instructions and tutorials online). Don't leave them in there unsupervised if they're not used to electric fencing, but at least they can get out and stretch their legs while you clean out their stalls, do chores, etc.
No I cannot. I did clearly explain in my original post that this was a county fairgrounds location. I won't have permission to make alterations to the property, nor will I be able to leave my horses anywhere, unattended, except their stalls. I do not have property to put them on myself otherwise all of this would not be necessary and I would not be asking advice on stall bedding.
As for an outdoor stall; that I can answer. I was at a location with outdoor stalls at one point. They're a lot less covered than the one's I'm currently looking at (but again, there are indoor options for the location I'm looking at as well; and again this entire thread was not about whether or not the location I can afford at this moment
was the best option) Outdoor stalls tend to look like these(top right corner).
Now, this example is not the best because it is
less covered from the elements, but it's also in a south-western state where the weather is either Hot, or Warm and the wind typically comes from the other side of the building. An outdoor stall is just a stall/ row of stalls installed on the outer wall of the barn so instead of being closed off from the world when doors to the barn get shut, they're still out there and depending on the weather of the barn location is what kind of protection from the elements they get. The one's I'm looking at are almost fully covered from the elements, and since I plan on this being temporary
I'm not terribly concerned about them being in outdoor stalls. It'll be less frightening for a foal who's never been in a stable before than if I was leading them down a paved, echoing corridor indoors. I really just need help with bedding options/costs and Brand Inspection advice.
That being said;
I'm unable to track down where I go/ who to call in my home state ( Oklahoma ) for brand inspections and the three vet's I have tried calling all said they don't know who I contact either. So I'm not sure, now, what to do about getting a BI done before moving the horses to Utah.