Why we turn ALL our horses out

The Reasons why we turn out ALL horses

prince chraming 3Normally a horse on the open range will graze up to 40km a day. Rarely will a horse be stationary for long periods of time. Knowing this you will realize how detrimental it is to a horse’s physical and emotional well-being to be locked up in isolation for most of their day (Life).

When a horse is allowed out in the camps for most of the day they will be moving or playing most of the time allowing their muscles to work correctly. A horse will keep himself fit if you allow him to be out in his camp after work and over the weekends. Being outside in the sun will enhance their health and sense of well-being. Contrary to popular belief that their coats will become dull in the sun, quite the opposite happens as he attains a happy, healthy glow to his coat and his disposition.

When your horse has show shoes on you can tighten his clamps when you turn him out and loosen them when you put him back in the stable. In this way we don’t lose shoes. We turn our show horses out every day, weather permitting right up to the day we leave for Bloemfontein show.

Our horses are always physically fit and full of energy. An injured horse will recover far quicker in a camp moving their muscles versus stagnating in a stable. (Consult your veterinarian.)

Twin Camps

Requirements for twin 15m x 15m camps:

  •  Water trough & ball valve
  • 40mm white horse tape
  • 12mm white horse tape
  • Conventional roofing or 90% shade cloth
  • 8 x 3.6m poles for the roof
  • 20 x 2.4m poles for uprights, 120mm thick
  • 19 x 3m poles for horizontals, 80mm thick
  • 6 x gate kits
  • Horse tape accessories
  • Cutout switch
  • Energizer

The above products are available from Stafix Fence Centre in South Africa

 

The layout for two sets of twin camps

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Passage between the two camps (Ref A)

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The upright poles are 2.4m long and 120mm thick, planted 3m apart (Ref B)

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Bottom Strand – 60cm from the ground – 40mm Electric Horse Tape (Ref B)

Middle Strand – 1.2m from the ground – 40mm Electric Horse Tape (3m horizontal pole, 80mm thick) (Ref B)

Top Strand – 1.8m from the ground – 12mm Electric Horse Tape (Ref B)

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2.4m Trough (Ref C)

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Gap which separates the two camps (Ref D)

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Gate (Ref E)

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You need 3 gate kits per gate (Ref E)

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Roof, giving shade to two camps (Ref G,H,I)

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Ball valve between two camps (Ref J)

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Cut out Switch (Ref K)

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Roof giving shade to two camps (Ref G,H,I)