Samantha B Jumping | 5 Questions | 4 Answers

I actually kinda hate my barn. The horses are each turned out for only 45 minutes each day in undersized dirt arenas with barely any shade. Opinions?

I actually kinda hate my barn. The horses are each turned out for only 45 minutes each day in undersized dirt arenas with barely any shade. Opinions?
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Turnout is extremely important for a horse's overall health! Walking around is important for their digestive system; it was designed that way! Additionally, being cooped up in a barn can cause respiratory issues and stiffness. Aside from the medical reasons, plenty of turnout is vital to their mental health as well. However, access to shelter on hot or rainy days is important as well. Talk to your barn staff, and if they won't budge (and the issue is important to you), I would recommend looking for a new barn.
My horse gets 24/7 turn out unless the weather isn't good. I would definitely talk to the barn owner about it and see if you can have the horses stay out longer.
What area are you in?
I know this is not advice but that's exactly what my barn is like. Including tacking up we can only ride the school horses for 45 minutes and has 4 arenas. 3 of them are shaded but the other one is not. Also, it only has 20 stalls. It doesn't even have a pasture and nothing even close to trails. I don't hate it but I wish that it had more stalls and better facilities like a trail or pasture.
Maybe change barns or bring it up with the people of you're comfortable with doing so
In my barn, we can take the horses out whenever we want, it's a really nice barn! It has 4 fields
Indoor arena
Outdoor arena
Trail hack
Wash place
40 stalls
Tack room with lockers for each person!
Well the shade thing doesn't matter if it's only 45 minutes but horses should be out longer, every horse at my barn is out for about 5-7 hours every day in pastures with shade
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