Pasture board through winter
Right now I have my horse on pasture board and it's been working out great. He's fat and sassy and seems to love it. Even with the brutual heat this summer in Texas, he did great.
With winter fast approaching, I'm considering "bringing him in" at night. He really loves full-time turn out though. He's been on 1/2 time stall keeping and he just seemed grumpy (and a tad spooky) about it, but then again he was just coming off being a sales horse for about 4 months and was very guarded personality wise.
What are the thoughts on full-time pasture board in the winter as well? he doesn't have a loafing shed so I ask that if it's going to rain for longer than half the day to keep him in so that he doesn't get soaked (precious doesn't like being wet).
He'd have a turn-out rug at 340 grams and I don't body clip. I realize that just because I'm cold, doesn't mean he is. But I can't keep pushing off my human issues on him.
IME horses much prefer living out
with the odd exception.
Most of them would far rather be outside with other horses than in a stall.
It's us the humans that want to have them in.
You could look into one of those temporary shelters, plus two turn out rugs that would do fine.
All my brood mares and babies live out, until they are ready to start under saddle, and then they only come in when they are going to be worked.
They do fine, of course I'm in Virginia which does not have fearsome winters, until last year that is.
I have run-ins in all the fields, but they never use them in winter they only use them in the summer, Most of the time the round bale does double duty as food and shelter, oh and as a bed.
I'd say leave him out, invest in two good turnout rugs and maybe a run-in shed and let him be a horse.