Pasture living can be better than stall living!

 

Here’s why outdoor living in a paddock, pasture, dry lot, or other space other than a stall can be better:

 

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  • Your horse has room to roam. This can help with stocking up, preventing boredom, and mimicking his natural inclinations to be on the move most of the day. This room to roam is also more room to roll, which is great for auto chiropractics, fly control, and a lovely grooming challenge.

 

  • Your horse may have closer access to buddies, which also supports his herd mentalities.

 

paint horse with black greenguard grazing muzzle

Muzzles, like this one from Greenguard Equine, can help the laminitis-prone horse enjoy some pasture.

 

  • Your horse will typically not develop vices, such as cribbing and weaving when living in a pasture environment. This does not mean that a cribber who lives in a stall will cease this behavior when turned out, but he may not crib as much.

 

  • The air quality is usually much better outside than in a stall! You also rarely need to worry about ammonia smells piling up, although you will be hoofing it further to pick up manure and feed hay in a pasture or paddock.

 

thoroughbred mare and foal in paddock

 

  • You have the opportunity to increase the amount of time your horse spends eating small amounts. Again, this mimics your horse’s “natural ways”. If you have actual grass pasture, this is great to keep your horse nibbling. The many variations of slow feeders are also easily used in paddocks just in case you don’t have much grass.

 

lush green pasture with barn in the background

Ah…rolling hills of grass and horses!

 

OF COURSE, there are downsides to pasture life!

 

  • You may be trucking hay and wheelbarrows and manure forks over longer distances. This eats time as you build muscle. A tradeoff?

 

  • And remember that not all horses can tolerate grass. Know if your horse is metabolically challenged. Know if his hooves need supplements from being on the hard or soft ground.

 

  • Have a plan for wicked horrible weather. Snow and cold can be fine, ice is NOT fine. At all.

 

  • Do you have enough land to rotate pastures and rest them?

many rolling fields with lush green pasture

 

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Halters – GG Equine

These grazing muzzle halters have adjustable throat latches and extra strapping to help prevent removal.


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Grazing Muzzle by GG Equine

Basket-style grazing muzzle to help keep a horse at a healthy weight and help reduce the risks of colic and laminitis in some horses.


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Grazing Muzzle Accessories – GG Equine

Help your horse have the best-fitting grazing muzzle.


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Farnam Chew Stop Aerosol
$17.58

Helps to stop your horse from eating the barn and fencing

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FORTEX INDUSTRIES Feed Saver Ring
$23.75

Great to use with buckets to discourage cribbing

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Hydrophane Cribox 8 oz. tub - 8Oz
$23.95

This thick paste discourages chewing

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3.0 CUFT Pine Bedding
$28.62 ($28.62 / Count)
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HayPlay Slow Feed Bag XL – GG Equine

One side of this innovative slow feeder is solid - perfect for pastures! It will hold a small bale of hay.

HayPlay Slow Feed Bag – GG Equine - 2 sizes available

2 sizes of this slow-feeding hay toy - snack size holds a few flakes, and the half size holds 1/2 bale.

 

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