Exactly. I know people that board their horses and it isn’t cheap, much less the vet costs. I understand about letting them out to graze at night but considering the cost and the urbanization of FFX Co, I can’t believe some security wouldn’t be in place even if just for coyotes or bears. I know some owners around Clifton have no security...crazy. It’s just too big an investment, and IR cameras are too cheap anyway, not to have any.
Horses do need grass and freedom; keeping them locked up in a stall all the time is a good way to make them nuts. But in my view the freedom should come during the day, when people are around to supervise. Turning them out alone at night is just asking for trouble, especially when Fairfax is now entertaining loose dogs, coyotes, cougars, and human predators.
Even if you have cameras, they do no good unless someone is watching them all night long. Fine breeding farms install marecams and do watch them all night long during foaling season, but the average owner can’t do that. Motion detectors are set off by wildlife and by the horses themselves.
Baby monitors are a good solution for people who, like me, are experienced mommies and wake in an instant if there is the slightest untoward sound.