Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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Yes, food aggression is at play, which is a separate matter, and more created by horses feeling they have to'eat now, protect what food they have, as it will be gone, and there will be a long time between meals.
The important point , is as you admitted, stalling a horse is often for our human convenience, and not in the best interest of that horse
Yes, at least a run out, if some true turn out is not available.
Keeping a horse in a stall, full time, except for a short period of work, is not good for their over all mental and physical health
Of course, done short term, for a horse in for training, is a short term event horses can learn to adapt to, plus they are in a very regular training program
I have five very nice stalls, with rubber matte, where I kept mares and new born foals , during a severe spring storm, used to wean babies, kept my show horses in, part time, but I always worked towards full time turn out when possible, and only use those stalls now, to keep a hrose in , before a show, to tie horses up in, so they learn to accept standing tied solid, or if they need stall rest
Being a new horse owner, you are perhaps not aware of research by the likes of Robert Bowker (hoof research ) and Dr Sid Gustavson, equine behaviorist, just to mention two, but the ability for a hoprse to move, almost full time, is tied directly to heir mental, physical, hoof,digestive and skeletal health
Just one paragraph, from many articles written by Dr Sid Gustavson. I've had the privilege of hearing him speak twice,at the annual Horse breeder and Owner's conference
'It behooves humankind to take care with horses. Sensitive horsefolk respect the 60 million year development of the horse’s social behavior and development. They appreciate equine intelligence in regard to both training and husbandry, and what the future might hold.
Stabling is unnatural. Horses graze and walk together 60-70% of the time under natural circumstances, eating and moving from spot to spot independently but within a few meters of the next horse. Stable managers and horse owners should make every effort to accommodate or recreate these long-evolved herd grazing and life-in-motion preferences for proper physiological function and mental health.