I have a palomino and I live in NW Arkansas. I want to show him this year and don't want his coat to fade. When do I need to start keeping him in during the day and turning him out at night? - Thanks, Kimberly
Here in Va at the farm where I board my horse they usually start night turnout around the beginning to middle of May depending on temperatures. You are that much farther south and could probably start sooner. My mare lives out 24/7 and I put a fly sheet on her which helps keep her from bleaching out.
My horse is already on night turnout at my request. I think it's healthier for him to be out from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. than stalled for that length of time. There are two round bales in his field, an enormous shelter, and I blanket him accordingly. Even though we have lows in the 30's, I don't think it's too cold for him to be out. Given how many field-kept horses there are that are thriving, I'm not sure why anyone here would wait until May as I think the benefits of more turnout outweigh any inconveniences.