Post by aceofspades on Dec 17, 2011 20:59:18 GMT 1
Were not all the same at my yard i offer 24/7 turnout but i only let them trash 1 field over winter and when the grazing is gone its gone. they all have a stable so its there choice weather to bring them in.
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Our yard is ok ( i rent a cottage there as well) no problems with turning out in the winter but i have chosen to bring mine in early each day as its so wet and muddy - one of my paddocks is so muddy my section a does not like going in there and you have to pull her in the gate no fun for her or me and my new foal is not going out till the weather improves and the gate is not so deep with mud - luckily we have a school so they can have a hoolie in there my 3 older ponies go out at about 9am and back in by 3pm at the latest in the winter and some days they stay in all day with plenty of hay I think horse owners should accept that sometimes horses have to be stabled in the worse weather and most areas have had so much rain its wrecking the ground
I used a yard last year when I went on holiday I phoned them up and explained she has never been in had a wonderful coat and would they consider letting her stay out 24hrs. I had no stable so I couldn't even have a trial run. At first he said no but when I told him she had no shoes on he then agreed, he put one of his own ponies in the field next too her and chose a big field so she had plenty of area to run.
When I went back he was really happy because as she was used to being out 24/7 and as I vary the feed time there was no standing at the gate she has also learned not to stand in the boggy areas.
Other liveries approached me to ask why was she out and theirs in and were really nice when I explained that she would have become distressed being in as she is 15yrs and never ever has been in before, I also explained about not having shoes helps the ground and varying her feed time and where I feed her each day helps to stop her standing at the gate.
To be honest to get horses to stop standing at the gate I have always entered fields in different places especially in winter when I am not taking them out and rotate where I put the food down it does seem to help.
I don't think most horse owners have a problem with reduced turnout if the fields are trashed, but I think they have every right to be annoyed when a YO makes promises (aka tells lies) to get them in and paying money then changes their tune after they've moved in!
And before anyone shoots me down for that I have been there, had a YO outrightly lie to me until after I moved in.
sympathy from me too. We have a great set up, 15 horses on 35 acres (rotated), DIY and most live out. BUT, have just heard that the YO (son of a really horsey family who own the land, but not horsey himself) has been told he can have 20 horses as they only need 1 - 1.5 acres each!! and also that if he has 20, the planning department would be more likely to give permission for a house to be built on site (losing more grazing). very fed up, but he will have to find the liveries first....
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