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Re: stall runner

I bow to your infinite wisdom. Obviously you are correct and I'm all

---TStampke <> wrote:
> Niccolai Murphy wrote:   
> > 
> > 1. Rent has to be related to square footage. So 24 hour turn out
in a
> > big paddock, even if shared with some other horses has to be more
> > expensive in rent.
> > 
> When I have boarded, I have found it to be exactly the opposite..the
> less "goodies" ie shavings, cleaning, fancy barn stall, the less rent.
> > 2. Man-hours goes up too. Our horses are turned out 24 hours
unless it
> > rains and the paddock gets too slippery for humans to go wandering
> > then they come down the hill to the barn next to the house. Cleaning
> > and feeding takes less than half the time when they are in the barn
> > than when they are turned out.
> how is this so?  Most short coated horses are blanketed whether they
> inside or out.  Since I doubt that most race stable have a 5 acre turn
> out, it shouldn't be too difficult to put out food in a small
> And, time is saved not having to clean a stall every day...most
barns I
> have seen simply drag their paddocks.
> > 
> > 3. Also increasing man-hours is the extra time it takes to go out
> > there and fetch a horse everytime you need to do something with it,
> > like vet visits, ferrier visits, feed supplements and grain (either
> > you have to fetch it to a stall to make sure it gets the supplements
> > and not some other horse or you have to nose bag it and wait for
it to
> > finish) and ride.
> I am imagining at best, a 100 x 200 sq foot paddock...not exactly the
> wide open range...ours are cross fenced and we merely shut the
> horses into different sides when we feed...after a day or so, each
> knows where "its" feeder is, and we don't have to direct them at all.
> > 
> > 4. You also spend more time removing dirt and mud from the horse.
> > Since track horses are probably mostly clipped, you probably need to
> > spend extra time going out to blanket the fella too.
> > 
> maybe....but the horse is most likely blanketed and hooded, as I
> the horse in the barn is as well, so at most, it would probably be
> limited to its legs/ underbelly...
> The cost adds up.
> what cost a happier, healthier horse?
> Tracy Stampke

Nicco Murphy - Poway, San Diego, CA

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