With hunting season upon us, more and more training and winter competitions available the pressure to compete/ to be competitive can maybe sometimes over ride the need or even ability to turn away.
I'd never think ill of anyone's decision to not turn away, as each horse is an individual and what works for one may not work for another, but I am traditional and do believe that horses just like humans sometimes need that 'down-time' in order to recharge the batteries, put on a bit of condition to get through the winter months and time to remind them that they are horses in the end of the day.
So I'm currently sat counting down the days until I'll be back on board, sure enough its glorious sunshine outside at the moment so I'm sure the minute I can get back on board it'll be 20ft deep snow by then! However, one of the main reasons I've managed to avoid bringing him in early is the thought of A) cleaning the mud off of him as he's absolutely covered in mud dread-locks! and B) the thought of having to clip him and feel itchy for the week after!
Luckily though I know he's in good condition thanks to The Likit Padock Likit providing him with oils and nutrients and thanks to EquiFeast's Winning Edge he's managed to chill out and adapt to being turned away much quickly this year and enjoy his holiday!