Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Don't spend the money on concrete unless you're making a wash-rack somewhere on the farm. Cconcrete gets slippery and it's hard on their joints when they're standing on it with no padding. Go ahead and leave it dirt flooring, because it'll be much more "cushy" than concrete, even if it gets dry and hard at some points.
The horses are going to need a bit of shade somewhere..be it some trees in the field or under that run-in. If there aren't trees to provide shade, I'd ensure that there'd be a decent amount of shade under the run-in.
I, personally, think dirt's easier to clean than concrete..I've cleaned on both and it's actually a lot different to try and scoop poop off concrete as opposed to dirt. Unless you want to hose off and let concrete dry, it's a bad idea. With dirt it can be scooped into a pile and tossed out. If they pee, all you have to do is toss a scoop of poop on it and it'll soak it right up, and then out to the manure pile or such. I would advise to clean it at least once a day. We had to clean ours in the morning and evening with 5 horses who just loved to stand in there, but it was fine once in the evening with a different herd of 3 horses, who all would rather be outside grazing.
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