Fighting Boredom

How do you promote the health (both physical and emotional) of your stall-confined horse?

Balance his/her stall time with turnout and/or exercise as much as possible.
Ensure he/she always has hay to munch.
Ensure a companion is stalled nearby/within sight.
Provide a means of entertainment (stall balls, treat-serving toys, etc.).
A combination of the above
Other (please explain below)

Total votes cast: 622

Comments & Write-in Answers

I do not confine my horses in stalls.

2/21/2011 6:45:47 PM

I divide my paddock of 3/4 acre into two sections. During the day I switch them so they move around.

2/21/2011 5:55:44 PM

I don't believe in keeping a horse in a stall unless it

2/21/2011 2:33:54 PM

My horse loves companinonship even more than food. I do give her all of the above also

2/21/2011 10:00:05 AM

I gave up stall life, my horses are a lot happier out doors w/provided Shelter run In's.

2/21/2011 9:14:35 AM

All of the above, hide different feeds to search for, his own Pygmy goat lives in stall with him

2/21/2011 2:59:32 AM

Horse in stalls are like birds in cages.

2/20/2011 10:10:47 PM

Assuming that you really mean "stall confinement", I cut off all grain allow free choice quality hay

2/20/2011 7:39:09 PM

A companion in sight and constant hay.

2/20/2011 6:34:41 PM

constant hay and a companion close by

2/20/2011 4:33:06 PM

my horses are in a pasture 24/7 with other horses

2/20/2011 8:25:54 AM

I don't confine my horses to a stall that is wrong.

2/19/2011 3:03:43 PM

Provide as much turnout as possible in addition to regular controlled excersise

2/19/2011 1:46:45 PM

Owner rides 5 times/ wk. Single turnout next to other horses every day

2/19/2011 11:46:46 AM

hide carrots in stall, hang carrots from ceiling

2/18/2011 11:17:10 AM

24/7 turnout with companions, daily visits

2/18/2011 10:47:56 AM

Our horses are left outside with run in shelters and are stalled only in the most inclement weather

2/18/2011 10:20:54 AM

I never stall my horses. Therefore, they do not suffer mental or physical problems associated with

2/17/2011 11:45:49 PM

No stall confinement here. Group living with 24 hour access to pastures and shelter.

2/17/2011 11:31:03 PM

I combine the above, but do anything possible to keep them out- only in 3-4 days/year

2/17/2011 10:39:36 PM

All day or all night turnout. Plenty of hay, and toys for the really curious ones

2/17/2011 10:30:25 PM

only stalled @nite in winter/rain in summer

2/17/2011 9:37:23 PM

I avoid stalling horses unless absolutely necessary for medical reasons

2/17/2011 9:17:28 PM

I live in Chicago, so have to board, I pay extra for daily turnout & extra hay, & ride 6 days/week

2/17/2011 7:25:08 PM

The more stuff 2 do the happier the horse!

2/17/2011 7:06:26 PM

Keep it outin alargepaddack asmuch as possible. They'remeant to graze, not stand

2/17/2011 5:02:01 PM

I don't keep my horses in stalls.

2/17/2011 4:57:18 PM

Plus one-on-one time with me daily

2/17/2011 4:45:38 PM

All of the above, just add LOVE

2/17/2011 4:36:20 PM

He stays on 24 hour turn out.

2/17/2011 4:26:02 PM

I love the nibble net to make the hay last longer. Canuse an old hockey net. Satisfies horse!

2/17/2011 3:23:59 PM

If confined due to injury, maximize ventilation, provide free-choice hay, window with active view.

2/17/2011 12:59:02 PM

Stall are horrible with mental and emotional health of horses. Therefore, I don't.

2/17/2011 12:55:55 PM

never confine them. treat them like horses

2/17/2011 12:12:47 PM

I stall with attached paddock, keeping horses stalled is unhealthy and cruel

2/17/2011 12:12:22 PM

Take him for a quiet walk if allowed as many times a day as I can manage.

2/17/2011 10:05:59 AM

leave out except in bad weather.

2/17/2011 1:51:08 AM

I only stall my horses in bad weather and in case of recovery from injury or illness.

2/17/2011 12:24:35 AM

I read in The Horse that horses prefer clasical music. So it plays in the barn all the time.

2/16/2011 10:56:57 PM

All of the above.

2/16/2011 10:21:50 PM

You people who have your horses in a stall are nuts! Would you like to be kept in a very small room

2/16/2011 9:16:30 PM

when in a stall my horses have outdoor poddocks so they can go out and socilaize with their herd mat

2/16/2011 7:33:00 PM

at least 10 hours of turnout a day!

2/16/2011 6:33:52 PM

they can go in and out

2/16/2011 5:53:50 PM

All of my horses have pens attached to stalls but still get turnout time

2/16/2011 5:48:07 PM

Horses outside 24/7. When stabled (show, injury) they get toys and tons of hay.

2/16/2011 4:51:28 PM

don't ever stall if can help it

2/16/2011 3:56:10 PM

I have not yet had to confine any of my horses

2/16/2011 3:34:45 PM


2/16/2011 2:38:35 PM

Turn out at least 8 hours a day. While stall bound, lots of hay and companions in sight

2/16/2011 1:43:03 PM

Horses live out as much as possible

2/16/2011 12:33:10 PM

My horses can go in & out of their stalls at will; not confined unless absolutely necessary.

2/16/2011 12:31:13 PM

My horse is not stalled but I do most of these things anyway

2/16/2011 11:29:23 AM

We only horses stall to treat an illness as with laminitis and try to keep then as happy as we can.

2/16/2011 10:56:47 AM

Boarding barns manage turnout & hay the 2 best methods, making it very difficult.

2/16/2011 9:54:13 AM

24/7 pasture with barn as run in shelter

2/16/2011 9:16:21 AM

My horses are never confined to a stall.

2/16/2011 9:04:47 AM

All of the above and I used this time to teach him tricks

2/16/2011 8:47:53 AM

Don't put them in a stall to begin with. Horses are gregarious grazers. A stall is a jail cell.

2/16/2011 7:57:28 AM

Try to keep them out as much as possible

2/16/2011 7:44:16 AM

we only keep our horses up in bad weather.The enjoy the time up beacuse they are close to each other

2/16/2011 7:32:03 AM

My4 horses are not stall confined,

2/16/2011 4:02:57 AM

try to avoid stall confinemnet more than during the night

2/16/2011 2:10:02 AM

My boys see each other inside & outside-runouts on stalls. Closed in by dutchdoors only in storms.

2/16/2011 12:29:21 AM

my horse is in the pasture year round with shelter from wind and rain/snow if he wants it

2/16/2011 12:15:37 AM

our horses are on pasture

2/15/2011 10:44:35 PM

My horses are on 24 hour turnout. They don't have vices.

2/15/2011 9:52:12 PM

Stall confinement is inhumane unless necessary for rehab would you live in your coat closet?

2/15/2011 9:35:59 PM

I use stall guards instead of closing the door so she can see whats going on

2/15/2011 9:26:49 PM

my horse is kept in a paddock with a run-in

2/15/2011 9:14:07 PM

All of the above! They are stalled at night, turned out during daylight

2/15/2011 9:05:42 PM

For Winter, each horse has a small turnout. Warm months turnout 12 hrs, stall 12 hrs. Works!

2/15/2011 8:44:02 PM

Don't confine my horses unless vet ordered.

2/15/2011 8:10:27 PM

Pretty much all of those! Enough exercise, hay, friend, etc.

2/15/2011 7:49:44 PM

My horses are kept outside 24/7.

2/15/2011 7:20:11 PM

My TWH is only stalled in bad weather; otherwise in pastured. We just keep her pals stalled nearby!

2/15/2011 7:18:08 PM

Don't have stalls at all just a shed roof in the corrals all 4 horses are together except at feeding

2/15/2011 7:10:18 PM

Out during day in winter with free choice hay/Reverse in summer

2/15/2011 7:04:47 PM

She's turned out by herself, 24/7 but there are horses on both sides

2/15/2011 7:01:44 PM

My horses have in and out stalls.

2/15/2011 7:00:09 PM

We even turn him out in his pasture on horse show days.

2/15/2011 6:54:05 PM

I spend quality time daily interacting w/each horse (3 of them).

2/15/2011 6:49:38 PM

I only confine them for medical reasons. Other than that they are free to wander 24/7.

2/15/2011 6:43:04 PM

Offer optional outdoor time in an individual dry lot behind each stall.

2/15/2011 6:29:30 PM

my 23 yr old horse has never been confined in a stall

2/15/2011 6:18:36 PM

not confined unless bad weather

2/15/2011 6:18:21 PM

24/7 turn out with run in stalls

2/15/2011 6:12:17 PM

I keep all of the my horses outside 24/7 so they don't get bored.

2/15/2011 6:05:11 PM

She's not stall confined, ever

2/15/2011 6:03:21 PM

My horses are not stalled.

2/15/2011 5:58:05 PM

We don't stall our horses.

2/15/2011 5:42:12 PM

Have loafing sheds, walkout to large paddocks, hay to munch exercise track, 30 mins exercise reg.

2/15/2011 5:34:27 PM

My horse loves to bang plastic jugs around! I tie them in a single strand of twine to avoid tangles

2/15/2011 5:33:55 PM

I kept her on a schedule. She knew exactly after her noon time hay she went for a walk rain or shine

2/15/2011 5:31:59 PM

Free choice hay always and a stable buddy!

2/15/2011 5:30:11 PM

I keep him healthy by letting him be a horse and do horse things as much as I can.

2/15/2011 5:26:50 PM

Horses are meant to walk and graze. Toys, hay, friends, all will help.

2/15/2011 5:22:16 PM

Only time our horses are stalled is due to illness or injury

2/15/2011 5:18:58 PM

I take the horse walking, just like a dog, in my area.

2/15/2011 5:18:16 PM

Turnout is always best, not always logical. Let them get exercise as much as possible

2/15/2011 5:17:59 PM

try not to have any horses confined unless ill

2/15/2011 5:10:30 PM

Let them be a horse, don't stall

2/15/2011 4:59:12 PM

they always have hay in front of them, toys, and turn out daily

2/15/2011 4:59:06 PM

I don't stall any of my horses

2/15/2011 4:58:56 PM

I do not stall my horses.

2/15/2011 4:57:04 PM

Keep him out 24/7 on a forage-based diet with as much stimuation and variety as possible.

2/15/2011 4:37:44 PM

No horse should be jailed in a stall!

2/15/2011 4:32:45 PM

try not to stall a horse unless absolutely neccessary, then try to ensure he has plenty of hay to mu

2/15/2011 4:30:58 PM

Pasture horses only stalled if sick or injured

2/15/2011 4:28:32 PM

Never confine my horses to stalls.

2/15/2011 4:26:22 PM

Mental stimulation via Natural Horsemanship techniques even inside the stall or in a small area

2/15/2011 4:12:18 PM

They are in the barn only for feeding or severe weather

2/15/2011 4:02:17 PM

the use of a slow feeder, barn companion, turnout, and either riding or grooming time.

2/15/2011 4:02:07 PM

horses are out all day

2/15/2011 4:01:19 PM

I don't stall them

2/15/2011 3:58:42 PM

My horses are rarely stalled.

2/15/2011 3:56:22 PM

OUr horses are stalled as little as possible - about an hour a day

2/15/2011 3:51:18 PM


2/15/2011 3:51:06 PM

I ride 2/3 of my horse all winter and feed 4x daily. (very tiring!)

2/15/2011 3:43:53 PM

I do not confine my horses to stalls

2/15/2011 3:43:02 PM

I do on-the ground clicker training, simple tricks, fun for both of us.

2/15/2011 3:34:17 PM

Horses are stalled ONLY if seriously injured.

2/15/2011 3:24:43 PM

I don't stall the horse. They are healthier and saner where they can move.

2/15/2011 3:24:40 PM

Pasture turnout 24/7 like nature intended

2/15/2011 3:16:28 PM

I allow my mare as much turn out time as possible, as she's always content in the field!

2/15/2011 3:01:55 PM

All our horses live out. But water can be a problem

2/15/2011 2:42:54 PM

All of the above with multiple hand walk/grazing/grooming sessions.

2/15/2011 2:18:33 PM

Mine not confined to a stall.Only in one if not well.They have access to them 24/7 at their will.

2/15/2011 2:04:54 PM

We hand-walk and turn out in paddocks close to the barn. Air out barn as much as possible.

2/15/2011 1:36:41 PM

100% turnout - not in stalls

2/15/2011 12:40:38 PM

lots of hay, bran mash on cold nights, turn out i fpossible but hand walking or round pen lunging, i

2/15/2011 11:57:56 AM

all of the above.

2/15/2011 11:56:08 AM

Mine are in pasture 24/7

2/15/2011 11:44:48 AM

Our horse had 2 Jolly Balls, constant feeding, and hand grazing time when he was on stall rest

2/15/2011 10:30:09 AM