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GUILT GUILT GUILT. Horses out 24/7

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  • GUILT GUILT GUILT. Horses out 24/7

    I know in my head it's ok to do. They have a huge round bale of hay that they munch all day. They are all wooly bears with lots and lots of nice fluffy hair. But I feel so GUILTY when it rains. I know they all have a place to go ... a shelter for when it comes down in buckets.

    But I'd rather they were all bundled up in 14 blankets with boots on so their little feet don't get wet ... and all have fluffy beds with pillows and blankies. And it's not like Virginia is CANADA or ALASKA. It's 43 degrees...so I don't think they could freeze to death if they HAD to.
    "For God hates utterly
    The bray of bragging tongues."
    Sophocles, Antigone Spoken by the Leader of the Chorus of Theban Elders

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    I know what you mean OM ~ my mind knows my boy is fine if he's out, especially with VA weather. But my heart says he has to be tucked in his nice, soft, comfy stall at night.

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      #3
      Are yours out 24/7 ... or in 12 and out 12.
      "For God hates utterly
      The bray of bragging tongues."
      Sophocles, Antigone Spoken by the Leader of the Chorus of Theban Elders

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      • #4
        Nope, can't stand to leave them out in cold rain! Mine are out 24/7 as much as possible. But, when it is cold rain, thunderstorms or other bad weather, I make sure they are separated so will use their stalls and shelters.

        If all 4 are out together, even though there is PLENTY of shelter for them all, invariably one will get left out. If I just separate out the #2 mare and put her in the small paddock with the shed, then they will all seek shelter and stay dry. Makes me feel MUCH better! For some reason #2 mare added to the mix makes everything an uproar. Remove her and everything is great.

        When it's really bad, the coming 2-year-old goes in her nice 12x24 stall, the #2 mare next door in her small paddock with the roof (attached to the barn) and the other 2 stay out and come and go as they please into their 2 12x26 stalls. I guarantee they spend more time in those stalls than out of them. All my horses LOFF to stay warm and dry.

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        • #5
          LOL I know what you mean. My herd is out 24/7 also...and although I occasionally feel sorry for them, I know in my heart that they'd kick down the walls if I tried to put them in a barn.
          Training and campaigning Barb endurance horses at The Barb Wire.

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          • #6
            He's always been in 12 and out 12. But I know I would be feeling just like you if he was out.

            I'm taking care of 3 horses and two minis for a friend right now and they are usually out but while I'm watching them I decided to keep them in at nite. More work for me but there's rain in the forecast tonite and I'd worry all night. So, it's more to make me feel better than them I think.

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            • #7
              They'll be okay! I used to feel bad until I saw how miserable ole Piper is when he is stuck in a stall. So I am completely happy with him being out, munching on hay, and not pacing a stall.

              Now Matt, he does like his stall though he would be in the run in immediately if out. He is a prima donna of the highest order!
              Grab mane and kick on!

              http://www.ashleykriegeleventing.com/

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                Originally posted by PiedPiper View Post
                They'll be okay!
                Thanks, PP. If I could, I'd house them all in my little house, tuck them in at night, and turn on the night light. And they'd ALL hate me for it, I'm sure.
                "For God hates utterly
                The bray of bragging tongues."
                Sophocles, Antigone Spoken by the Leader of the Chorus of Theban Elders

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                • #9
                  Aww, get yourself a couple of Breyers or Schleich horses with all the cute little clothes, and dress THEM up. Your ponies are probably in seventh heaven living the way they were meant to.

                  I leave my stalls open to the sacrifice paddock, and they still choose to be outside about 20+ hours out of 24 when it's raining and icky and COLD. When it's nice out, they only go in the stalls to PEE.
                  Click here before you buy.

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                    Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                    Aww, get yourself a couple of Breyers or Schleich horses with all the cute little clothes, and dress THEM up. Your ponies are probably in seventh heaven living the way they were meant to.

                    I leave my stalls open to the sacrifice paddock, and they still choose to be outside about 20+ hours out of 24 when it's raining and icky and COLD. When it's nice out, they only go in the stalls to PEE.
                    ROTFLMAO!!!!!! Tooooooo funny, deltawave. I think the Breyer idea is a great one.... toooooo funny. I really am LOL.
                    "For God hates utterly
                    The bray of bragging tongues."
                    Sophocles, Antigone Spoken by the Leader of the Chorus of Theban Elders

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                    • #11
                      It used to shock me watching them outside and seeing how so many of them would be out in the cruddy weather than in the run ins! Kevin, though, will run for cover at the first raindrop and stay there till the sun comes out.

                      Shoot went out today, rode, turned Matt out and then decided to throw his sheet on before it started raining. Damn horse wouldn't let me catch him to put it on!

                      Actually saw all three of your's today and looked good! Very very dirty, but good. Joey was laying down in the sun catching a nap. I think Piper definitely missing being out with him. No one else wants to play with him.
                      Grab mane and kick on!

                      http://www.ashleykriegeleventing.com/

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                      • #12
                        You should only feel guilty if you have a horse that does not have the correct coat (either too thick/thin or doesn't shed the water). Then you can ease the guilt by buying it a good waterproof breathable sheet and appropriate weight turn out blanket. =) Horses are far healthier out 24/7 as long as they have forage and shelter. If they don't use the shelter they can't be too miserable (mine is under there like greased lightning at the first drop of rain). The exception would be if the other horses are keeping one out then you just add more shelters. Those metal tarp carports work very well, for wet areas you can put a load of sand underneath the cover so the horse is not standing in wet.
                        Every mighty oak was once a nut that stood its ground.

                        Proud Closet Canterer! Member Riders with Fibromyalgia clique.

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                        • #13
                          I hope you know (sounds like you do) that I meant it sincerely and without the least bit of snarkiness. I don't like to see muddy, dripping ponies, either, but what's a mother to do?

                          Every time we go to the feed store my son begs me for another Schleich horse--such a good kid! They are even better than Breyers, IMO.
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                          • #14
                            I think all horses are different. Some more man made than others. My TB would not fair well 24/7 turnout without a blanket. And the roundbales would nto work for him because the local variety are not as groomed before rolled as they are more meant for cows than for horses and the bales tend to start getting mold before they eat it all. However, he ONLY comes in if it is raining hard and/or raining and under 45 degree and he gets a medium blanket that is waterproof for the 40-45 degree and up rains. He is barefoot, 14 years old - shivers when it rains under 45 degrees - etc - he is also not an easy keeper.

                            However, I have a 4 year old QH pony, Mustang cross pony and a WB cross who handle it great and get depressed when inside! So I feel guilty bringing them in!

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                            • #15
                              My horses are out 24/7 unless it is wet and windy. Then I put them in covered pens and put waterproof blankets on. It ain't pretty but they like it

                              Don't worry O-Mom, if they are eating they are generating plenty of heat
                              See those flying monkeys? They work for me.

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                              • #16
                                Everyone is out except Lou Lou The Princess.

                                It's all about the blankets. The words Bucas and Rambo are your goodnights sleep friends!
                                "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
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                                • #17
                                  My TB's are out 24/7/365 except for their quick dinner. They have a round bale and a lean-to all along the barn. Now whether they use the lean-to or not, is up to them and I still can't figure out their logic why they use it the way they do - or not. It does have lots of manure piles in there, so I think it has become more of a potty place than shelter from the elements
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by luvmytbs View Post

                                    is up to them and I still can't figure out their logicwhy they use it the way they do - or not. It does have lots of manure piles in there, so I think it has become more of a potty place than shelter from the elements
                                    Well hello! They don't want you to get bored and have nothing to do.. if they poop outside the rain might wash it away.. so they poop inside to be sure it will be waiting for you to clean up! So thoughtful!
                                    "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
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                                    • #19
                                      Mine can go in and out of the barn as they please, but of course when it rains or snows THAT'S when they decide it's fun to be outside. When it's beautiful and sunny that's when they stay in!

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                                      • #20
                                        Mine are out 24/7 with a run-in shed available. I don't even have stalls. They are quite happy.
                                        Tranquility Farm - Proud breeder of Born in the USA Sport Horses, and Cob-sized Warmbloods
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