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post #11 of 43 Old 01-16-2016, 09:31 AM
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My generally content to hang out in his stall. Especially with the weather being so nasty lately. My routine varies. For the next few weeks he may be in 24/7 bc of some changes they are making to the pasture management where I board but generally he's in about 14-15 hours a day.


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post #12 of 43 Old 01-16-2016, 09:40 AM
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I don't think they are either good or bad.
I would not like to have only pasture board and I would not like my horse confined to a stall all the time either.
What I want is the option of lots of turn out with a run in and also a stall available when I want it, and I am fortunate enough to have this.
The horses sometimes want to come in to their stalls and are happy to be left in for a while, especially in the hot, humid summer when the flies are bad. Even a horse that hated being stalled preferred to stay in on those days.
What I try to do is give my horse what she wants as to being in or out (as long as there is a fair bit of out time)
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post #13 of 43 Old 01-16-2016, 09:59 AM
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I have had many convalescing horses that have had to stand in for months and never had any of them go neurotic nor needing toys to play with.

Having open stables makes a big difference as does size. They can always see what is going on around them and just accept it is their lot for the time necessary.

Small dark stables are depressing and I think that is where the problems arise.

With the injured horses - mostly from the race trainers, once they had the OK to do more I would have the farrier rasp their feet down hard. They then went into the bull pen, an area about 30' square half was covered where I could shut them in the rest was concrete. If they were a bit foot sore they didn't try to do anything lunatic. They went from there to one of the loose barns and then out into the fields to finish recuperating.

I never had one start to weave or wind suck.
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post #14 of 43 Old 01-16-2016, 10:45 AM
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I've got a couple of horses that hate being outside when the weathers not to their liking, they'd rather stand in their stables. Its actually quite a problem because if I try to insist they stay out they just jump the fence and take themselves in
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post #15 of 43 Old 01-16-2016, 11:33 AM
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I have an arrangement that allows mine to be in the barn if they want and outside if they want. The only time they are locked in is while they're eating their bit of grain or one has to have stall rest, which is extremely rare.

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post #16 of 43 Old 01-16-2016, 01:22 PM
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In general, I vote that stalls for horses are bad.

As an OPTION they're wonderful; but not as a RULE.
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post #17 of 43 Old 01-16-2016, 01:24 PM
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I always like to have open fronts on my stalls so the horses stand with their heads out, I know this doesn't work as well for boarding stables but I like it because the horses can see what's going on around them and also fresher air from the hallway. they are involved in what's going on in the barn as well and often you will stop and visit as you go by so more interaction for them, less boredom.
Here at home, the stall was about 12 x 36 feet so if a horse had to be confined, lots of room to move about and four windows to look out.
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post #18 of 43 Old 01-16-2016, 02:25 PM
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I am an advocate of both turnout and stalls, and feel that a balance can be achieved to have the benefits of both. I only see stalling as a problem when horses are confined for too much of the time. An hour of turnout per day (if they are lucky enough to get that) and being ridden once or twice a week is definitely not enough. I feel my own horse is doing much better now than when she was 24/7 in a dry lot with a run in shed. Part of it is due to being turned out on grass, but she does like being in her stall at night.
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post #19 of 43 Old 01-16-2016, 02:28 PM
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I would like to add that climate makes a big difference in how we keep out horses. We had severe flooding the last week of December. My property, the oldest farm house, and oldest house in town was built on the highest spot in town, and our town is maybe 5 ft higher than another town, 6 miles away, which routinely floods from a local river. Many rural road were totally impassible. THEN it froze the clay soil. Where Smilie lives on the high plains, east of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where it gets cold, but it stays dry. It is a lot like eastern Colorado, cold and dry.
It is unusual for Us to have a drought, but when we do, it can only affect the farmers. We never have to ration our water, or watch our water tables and lakes recede to dirt. In fact, if you buy and drink Dasani water, you are buying water from the Mahomet aquifer, which They are gradually draining for profit. =/
We live in a reclaimed swamp!
High humidity in the Climate is harmful to your horse. It's been so wet here (lately) that making a pie crust has been difficult! Damp cold, and it permeates. THIS is what I meant by keeping my horse's feet DRY and healthy.
From what I understand a dry climate best suits the horse. We need to make adjustments according to weather and to climate. Do not assume that your horse is capable of withstanding a full on blizzard with some kind of shelter. Do not assume that trapping him in a stall full time is something he will enjoy, either.
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I would like to add that climate makes a big difference in how we keep out horses. We had severe flooding the last week of December. My property, the oldest farm house, and oldest house in town was built on the highest spot in town, and our town is maybe 5 ft higher than another town, 6 miles away, which routinely floods from a local river. Many rural road were totally impassible. THEN it froze the clay soil. Where Smilie lives on the high plains, east of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where it gets cold, but it stays dry. It is a lot like eastern Colorado, cold and dry.
It is unusual for Us to have a drought, but when we do, it can only affect the farmers. We never have to ration our water, or watch our water tables and lakes recede to dirt. In fact, if you buy and drink Dasani water, you are buying water from the Mahomet aquifer, which They are gradually draining for profit. =/
We live in a reclaimed swamp!
High humidity in the Climate is harmful to your horse. It's been so wet here (lately) that making a pie crust has been difficult! Damp cold, and it permeates. THIS is what I meant by keeping my horse's feet DRY and healthy.
From what I understand a dry climate best suits the horse. We need to make adjustments according to weather and to climate. Do not assume that your horse is capable of withstanding a full on blizzard with some kind of shelter. Do not assume that trapping him in a stall full time is something he will enjoy, either.
Please study up, if you are new to horses, and don't make any assumptions.
Point very well made. There is much more to take into consideration than one situation being good and another bad.
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