Pastured horses have greater fitness and bone density.
Horses are better able to maintain fitness when turned out on large pasture. In the project, researchers divided mature horses into three groups:
- Group 1. Full-time turnout on a 100 acre hilly pasture;
- Group 2. Stalled during the day with light exercise five times per week;
- Group 3. Stalled during the day, not exercised.
Additionally, only the pastured horses showed an increase in bone density over the course of the study.
Reprinted with permission from The Horse (www.TheHorse.com).