Confinement Areas for Healthy, Happy Horses

Few horses can spend all their time in turnout. Use these tips to keep your horse content when he's cooped up.

Stalls with Runs

Here's an example of traditional runs off barn stalls used as confinement areas. Good footing helps minimize mud.

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Adding enrichment opportunities to paddocks, such as toys and cones, can help occupy a horse’s time and prevent boredom.

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Track Paddock

Track paddocks are designed to encourage horses to move. This paddock surrounds a rain garden, which uses water runoff and reduces mud accumulation.

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Good Ventilation

Open-air barns offer protection from the sun and some weather but still provide plenty of ventilation.

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Goats and other horse-friendly critters offer their confined equine buddies companionship and entertainment.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Odor Control

Keeping horses in confinement areas can lead to urine- and manure-related odors. Manage foul smells by keeping the paddock tidy and treating “pee spots” with odor-control products.

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Winter Weather Confinement

Use confinement areas in the winter to protect wet or frozen pastures and grass from damage due to equine traffic.

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Track Paddocks Surrounding Pastures

Want to protect your pasture but find yourself short on extra space? Consider installing a track paddock around the perimeter of your horse’s regular turnout area to provide confinement and protecting the pasture.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

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