Moving horse back to 24/7 turn after winter in the barn
My horse was living out 24/7 w/ a blanket and modified trace clip until January 1st. Since then he's been out all day 9am-4pm and stalled at night. I would like to move him back outside for "spring" but I'm wondering when is the best time for him to make this adjustment back? Should I wait until all the snow is gone and the ground is dry (beginning of May) or can he start back out anytime as long as he's blanketed?
2 of mins have modified trace clips (everything, including legs, clipped from mid-belly down) and live outside overnight. As long as they are blanketed, have access to shelter, and have plenty of hay, they are perfectly fine through the winter.
That's a difficult question to answer without knowing your individual horse. Is your horse outside alone? Do you live on or near the property? Does your horse wear shoes all around in the winter? Do you get icy conditions w/ your snow?
Out they go when they come home from the trainer's. They have shelter, hay, and I have stalls I can open for them if I need to. Never had one miss a beat--all of mine are used to living in either situation.