Two things you can do to help him avoid colic:
- Don’t lock him in a stall
- Give him clean fresh water daily
If it’s more work for you it’s better for him.
These guys are not in a barn, they’re in a corral. Pasture would be better.
Water buckets can be dumped, rinsed and refilled daily. Bleached weekly. Mustangs play in their water on hot summer days. Sometimes a bucket gets damaged.
Don’t get mad when your horse acts like a horse. Keep a spare bucket in the barn.
Do you think it’s an accident they’re standing the way they are? No, they’re keeping an eye on their surroundings, especially the photographer. Haven’t decided if he’s friend or foe.
Give your horse choices. If he wants to be in the rain he can be in the rain. If he wants to be under a roof he can be under a roof.
Note the 2×6 rim board added to the pipe panels to satisfy BLM requirements.
If you adopt a mare from the BLM she might be pregnant (unless she’s been in segregated long-term holding for over a year).