Re: [RC] Do Pastured Horses Come In Out of the Rain? AND BUNNY! - Bette Lamore
I have to laugh when I pass Cardiff Stud--- used to be a BIG race
training/breeding facility and is now owed by Alex Trebeck (which
explains why Jeopardy contestants only win hundreds while Wheel of
Fortune contestants win thousands!). Anywho, each shelter (and there are
MANY) can accommodate up to ten horses (huge--- made of brick) and the
beveled glass that goes in the towers alone costs $20,000!! Each shelter
cost $100,000 I am told (cannot even imagine how much each brick barn
Anywho, during the WORST rains here I have NEVER even seen ONE horse in
any of the shelters--- and we lived just down the road and passed it
frequently! This is in central coast CA so when it rains, it is
generally mild temps--- but there is wind.
So far as my own horses, I have a few wusses who LOVE the stalls during
rain, but most of mine would rather stand outside in the herd with their
butts all facing the same direction. I make the babies come in and my 33
year old gelding, but my thin haired stallions (always looking slick for
the ladies) NEVER want to go inside and scream at me when I make them (I
guess they feel they are going to miss out on something).
I agree with whoever said, "barns are for people." My pastures have
trees, though, and they can get shelter if they choose--- and a few do.
I still like to have a few stalls, though for foaling out and sick
horses (but my babies go outside within 2 days, as soon as they can
visually discern their mammas) as it cuts down on the pneumonia risk, as
Heidi pointed out.
Guess it all depends on weather and your horses' preferences--- but I
would make an effort to discover the latter before building an expensive
barn or elaborate shelter.
Bette and Bunny (who was VERY upset when I tried to put him in a stall
during the rain--- he's had his fill of barns and wanted to be in the
paddock with the tree instead-- go figure! BTW he was in the hilly
pasture with my new baby (just weaned) who ran along the ledge of the
hill with Bunny in hot pursuit. My heart was in my mouth, thinking, one
bad step and he would topple--- what an irony it would be to survive so
much and then break his neck after recovery--- BUT he ran just fine
until the baby went down the steep part of the hill. Bunny stood there--
half committed-- too far to go back up but scared to go the rest of the
way down. While I was running towards him, the baby ran up and down the
hill twice to him, as if to say, "Come-on, you can do it!" so before I
got to him, he slowly made his way down and was SOOOO PROUD when he got
to the bottom! The boy has come a long way!!!!
Well, I live in southern California like a mile off of the beach, and my
two boys are in a nice big pasture. I have a great shelter and mats for
them,,,, but sadly for me, they perfer the rain. It is cold of course ,
but they grow coats. I feed them under the shelter but they really like
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