Cute shire foal going outside for the first time and loves it!

Let’s take a minute and just watch this cute foal almost jumping up in joy when he first goes outside in the fresh air. I think the wide space and the sun were very good for him and his health. The first few days of a horse’s life set the stage for his future health, as his early growth and development prepares him for the world outside the womb. But with vigilance and care, you can help and make sure that he’s getting the best possible start in life.

The ideal time to begin handling your foal is as soon as he is born. And you can take him outside 24 hours after he is born. He can be turned out with its dam in a clean safe pasture if the weather is good and it has bonded with the mare. Assuming the foal is healthy, exercise and sunshine are the best things for it.

Sometimes it’s good to even let the foal/horse outside overnight. Turning out early in the day or late in the evening and leaving out overnight allows the horses to enjoy their turnout time free from stamping, sweating, and hiding in the run-in shed (if available). They are able to get the grass and exercise they need.

Also, the constant supply of fresh air helps prevent dust and small particles from getting into the lungs and causing irritation. Living inside means fewer chances for horses to stretch their legs. So, daily turnout becomes even more important. Exercise helps keep horses’ digestive systems functioning properly, their joints and muscles mobile, and their minds active. Even a nice walk on the trail will be beneficial.

As long as a horse is not shivering, has hay, water, shelter, and is in good body condition, outdoor living is perfectly fine. But if your horse lives in a stall, be sure to provide a chance to exercise and stretch, along with plenty of fresh air!