Unpopular opinion: Not all horses can cope with turnout
I firmly believe that not all horses can cope with turnout. I looooove turning horses out and wish that I could put every single one outside all the time but there are some horses who are simply not safe outside and there are some that simply don’t enjoy it.
One horse at our barn HATES being…
It’s completely in their nature to need turn out and they’ve not been domesticated out of that.
For a horse that is that bad when turned out, I would pose a few questions. 1) What is his turn out paddock like? and 2) How many other horses is he turned out with?
Generally, the only horses that act up when turned out are turned out into smaller paddocks with little to no grass and no friends. If they are running, they need MORE turn out, not less.
At my barn (of around 80 horses and plenty are coming and going), there is only one horse that acts up when he’s turned out and that’s because he turned out into a small dirt paddock with no friends every single time. If it rains, he gets no turn out. If a new horse is situated next to his paddock, he gets no turn out. Even then, his turn out is about 6-8 hours on less than an acre. It’s not healthy and his entire attitude reflects it.
The horses with 100% turn out are much happier, much healthier, and have much better attitudes. If I had a horse unhappy with turn out, I would fix the turn out.
Yes all horses need turn out.