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If you went to the zoo and saw a large animal cooped up in a small cage, you would find that cruel. Unfortunately, regarding horses we have got used to this sight, even though this type of stabling is completely unsuitable for an animal with such a highly developed flight instinct. This results in a number of diseases and behavioral disorders.
Horses don’t just exist to be used by human beings, they have their own needs and we should provide for these as much as possible. In my opinion, every living creature has a right to its own life, aside from its potential use for humans. And this simply isn’t possible in a small stall.
Keeping them in a far too small space, with too few feeding spots or keeping them on a muddy wasteland does the horses no good. Appropriate free range stabling involves a lot more than just removing the dividing walls from the stalls. To guarantee the horses’ well-being, a free range stable should fulfill the following criteria:
Sufficient space to allow the animals to retreat
Constant feeding without getting fat
Suitable ground materials
Planning a new free range stable involves a wealth of opportunities for creating new wildlife habitats. And it is so much nicer for the horses to live in a healthy environment with buzzing bees and singing birds and any amount of silent little inhabitants peeking out from behind a blade of grass.
If this has aroused your curiosity and you would like to construct your own free range stable for your horses, we will be happy to support you with ideas and suggestions. Besides the information provided by this website, we also offer individual free range stabling consultation as well as an entire range of books and ebooks on a number of topics.