Oberon will be pasture boarded with a nice shed available to get out of wind and bad weather. I like the fact that each pasture "suite" is partitioned in order to provide the utmost pasture rotation. I am extremely lucky to have such a nice facility five minutes from my house.
In the afternoon, there is shade available in the grass pasture as well. I have done a bit of research and I really don't understand why some people keep horses in their stalls for extended periods of time. From what I have read, horses are animals meant to survive the elements of nature and I don't understand when I hear "it is too hot" for horses to be outside. A shade tree works. I guess some people are worried about their horses coat fading, but isn't health far more important?
Many horses end up weaving, cribbing and head bobbing and just plain become stressed out. Isn't stress one of the leading causes of colic? (I am truly asking this question, not being a smarty pants.) Standing in a stall is terrible for a horses circulatory system as the body receives insufficient blood flow and the heart becomes stressed. Horses are meant to move their feet.
I understand putting a horse in a stall overnight for "protection" depending upon where one lives, but I still think for most horses, pasture boarding (with a shed) is better for their health. Is it true that horses in captivity live shorter lives than horses in the wild? I also read that a fluffy coat in the winter is much healthier than a blanketed horse - that we are actually harming their immune system.
What are your thoughts?