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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Why Your Horse Should NOT Be Fully Stabled

A man standing beside a chestnut horse who is in a bright red barn

Yes, I said it.  Someone needs too!  These days, our domestic horse's are kept inside a small area, taken out once a day to be ridden then put back in for the rest of the day.  We then wonder why our horse's get vices and diseases and illnesses like gastric ulcers.  When he gets stocked up legs, we wrap them in bandages instead of letting them walk around in a field.

Why Do We Ignore All Of These Things And Continue to Keep Them in a Stable?  

The Effects on The Horse's Health

Full, 24/7 stabling causes a great number of problems for your horse's health.  I have seen my fair share of stable related illnesses from all sorts of yards.  The horse doesn't have a constant source of forage he will get gastric ulcers.  The horse will get stocked up (swollen legs) because he cannot walk around as he would in the wild.  Horse's can get colic from stress, lack of food or eating bedding.  There are much more diseases that are related to stabling in fact, too many to mention here.

Injuries can occur anywhere with horses but when he is in a stable it is much easier for him to hurt himself.  The usual bangs, cuts and bruises are common along with knee injuries from kicking doors and injured eyes from banging them against walls.  There is also the very scary thought of your horse getting cast.  This is when your horse rolls and gets stuck on his back against the stable wall.

Bay horse standing with his head out of a brown stable door

The Effects on the horse's Mental Health 

Horse's can get very angry, bored and depressed when they are standing in a stable at all times.  This can make a friendly, happy horse turn mean and angry.  It causes vices such as wind sucking which he will continue to do this for the rest of his life.  It can also cause behaviour issues when your riding because the horse has too much energy.

White horse wearing a brown turnout rug walking out of a stable.

The Effects on his future

This comes from the fact that the horse isn't about to use his muscles properly.  He will also need twice the amount of time to warm up AND cool down during riding which usually isn't done.  When this happens, it affects the muscles in his legs and other parts of his body.  This means he will get much sorer after every ride and will need constant physio appointments.  It also means he will not reach his full potential.

Bay horse with a white star sticking his head out of a stable

What are your thoughts on stabling horses? 


I am not a horse trainer or any other equestrian professional.  I only give advice on horsey topics that I have experience as a horse owner in.  Please don't follow my advice without contacting a relevant equestrian professional.  


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