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post #1 of 10 Old 06-05-2016, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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SoI have my end of year exams coming up next week and have obviously been revising all this week.
Because of this I have come to the decision of not:

a) going to the show this Sunday coming and
b) turning out the ponies 24/7 for a while.

The ponies, however are finding it difficult to get into their new routine and, while stabled for an hour this afternoon (to cool down) I got the feeling Dusty was somewhat annoyed at the changes. They are perfectly happy when out but I feel as if maybe she needs a routine to help her get more settled!

So all in all, I want to ask what sort of routine you have?
Thank you in advance.
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-05-2016, 04:37 PM
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I'm not really understanding, your horses are used to being out 24/7 but now you are wanting to keep them in? What does that mean, what is your new plan?

I prefer my horses in at night and out during the day (like 10- 12 hours not the "all day meaning 4 hours" deal). I find horses like what they are used to. My gelding LOVES his stall and while my mother has had him out 24/7 the past 6 year I know he would love his stall again. The Icelandic is an import and hates being in and the ranch horse also hates it.

Honestly I'm not really understanding why they need to be in more, wouldn't it be easier to have them out? Is this long term or just for the week?

While it is good for them to be flexible I also don't see the need to make them unhappy for no reason and would probably just leave them out.

If they are in I would keep it short term, stick to a regular turnout/riding/feeding schedule, and make the stall and comfortable and "fun" as possible (if your horse likes toys put some in there for ex).

What is their current routine?

I would recommend feeding, turning out, mucking, riding. Then back for a lunch/check if needed, then back for turn in feeding dinner. Night check and a snack wouldn't hurt but I don't usually bother for my own horses.
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I'm with Yogiwick in that I'm not totally following your thought process on this one. I figured it would be a lot easier just to keep them out 24/7 if you're going to be really busy with exams soon.

Or, and correct me if I'm wrong, but do you see them being in their stalls for a bit as quicker in terms of feeding, catching, etc? I'm just trying to guess.

In my area it gets extremely hot during the day in the summer so a lot of people keep their horses stalled during the day with a fan and turn them out at night. In the winter, they switch and keep them out during the day and stalled at night.

I know a lot of people who keep their horses out 24/7 and they do just fine too.
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Mine can't stand the bugs and wants to be in by 1 pm.
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Turnout at my barn depends mostly on the weather. During the warm months, they are turned out all night, brought in to eat in the morning, turned out until it is 80 degrees or more, then brought back in until evening. They are fed 3X a day. In the winter they are in more because of the very cold weather. Personally, I think they are in too much during the winter, but we have a mix of elderly and younger horses and the routine is for the comfort of the elderly.


They all like being in to avoid heat and insects, when it is raining and when the winter wind blows.
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Mine have the choice to come in or go out as they please. This time of year they spend a lot of time in during the day to get away from the flies. Since we have plenty of pasture they don't need to be brought in for feed but I still give them a little just to keep them in the routine of coming in to be checked over. Normal feeding time is around 4:00 pm but if something is going on that day I'll feed them at whatever time it's convenient. The minis are on a dry lot so they get hay 2X and a handful of oats 1X per day and they are a little more demanding about getting their chow at consistent times.

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While I don't own my horse, he along with all of his pasturemates are turned out 24/7


They have access to a shelter and are fed every day except Saturday (always have access to grass and hay). They're perfectly happy and some of them HATE being cooped up in the outdoor stall we have for when one of them gets hurt/sick.


I'm also not understanding why you want to bring them in if they're normally out 24/7. More of an explanation might be helpful.

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Ahem, yes, umm I may have had a minor glitch. It's in fact the opposite way round to how i have written this out. They are now going out after being used to the combined system.

I'm sorry to have wasted your time, if you decided to try and help.
At the moment they are in at night and out all day but my school finishes at four meaning it would be unfair for me to rush their stable jobs and grooming. This is why we have decided to turn them out. We bring them in (or rather my dad because my mum wants me revising - I'm so spoilt over her aha) and give them a groom and their feed. I check them over in the morning and after school, checking Dusty's legs and making sure she isn't being bothered by lumps of bruises, etc. She just seems to be finding it hard to settle, and I guess I worded my original question wrong.
I'm sorry, hope this helps! x
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I get it now
If your horse(s) aren't used to having to stay out 24/7 they might not take well to coping with all the bugs that are soon going to start pestering them - horsefly season starting and you've also got the horrible midges biting them in the early morning and evening when they'd probably have been stabled prior to your new system
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So they are used to in at night/out all day and you want them out 24/7?

As long as they are happy when out then no reason not to do that. As far as a routine just be consistent. I don't like my horses on too much of a schedule (they get psychotic about it I find and I like not having to stress about it) but in this situation I would definitely pick some times and stick to them. Bring them in at 7 am, feed, leave them in for x amount, brush and turn out. Bring in at 5 same as am, Check them at 9 and bring carrots. Something like that, just be consistent and be around, I doubt she is annoyed, maybe just a little stressed at being "forgotten". If they are happy outside that's what you need to worry about and it sounds like you have good horses for it, some are spoiled little twerps that can't adjust to being horses yours will be just fine ;P.

I always keep mine in at night out during the day but when I moved out my mother didn't want to deal with the stalls either so now they come into the paddock near the barn at night then pasture during the day then feeding am and pm they get locked in their stalls for a few hours. Stalls are always open for shelter. They are all just fine and the two that didn't like to be shut in are much happier, the one that has ALWAYS been in a stall at night his entire life is also just fine. I do like them in at night but they are fine, and sometimes better for it out.
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