Keeping the dust down

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    09-16-2012, 04:22 AM
Green Broke
Keeping the dust down

I've got a run in shelter than I feed in. It's got just a dirt bottom which hasn't been a problem until I started using it a lot, and now its just turning into a dustbowl.

Any ideas on what I can do to keep the dust down?
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    09-16-2012, 11:07 AM
I, due to my setup, use the leftover hay, what they threw on the ground and trampled, as bedding. Helps a bit.
I tried watering it, makes a mess.
Not sure, but the dust treatment they use for dirt roads here looks like it has some kind of oil in it...maybe try to mix oil and water and spray with that? I'd use some cooking oil, not engine oil
Let me know if it works, should you try
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    09-21-2012, 02:07 PM
I have the same issue... we filled the holes in our stalls this past spring and packed the dirt down really good, but I'm assuming it was a very fine dirt, because now our stalls are just a huge dusty mess! We water them down daily, and have even tried mixing a little peet moss in with the dirt (thinking that maybe the water would be soaked up by the peet moss a little bit), but they are still sooo dusty. Any suggestions? Wondering if we put more dirt in there that was not so fine it would cut down on the dust?
    09-22-2012, 12:10 AM
Add some big flaked shavings to the dirt? Like, I am thinking quarter sized. As long as they are screened, they will have minimal dust and will mix in with the dirt and should help keep dust down.
    09-27-2012, 12:21 AM
I know of using clay packed really solid on the floor and then a good footing of shavings....the wet clay drys up a bit but doesn't cause as much dust as dirt....also you could fit rubber mats over the dirt floors, I've seen that done too
    09-28-2012, 11:37 AM
magnesium Chloride

Magnesium Chloride MgCl2 Arena and Round Pen Dust Control
I think this is what they put down in our arena and it worked great
    09-28-2012, 11:57 AM
Originally Posted by Critter sitter    
Magnesium Chloride MgCl2 Arena and Round Pen Dust Control
I think this is what they put down in our arena and it worked great
VERY interesting! Thanks
    09-28-2012, 12:06 PM
For the shelter - you could use mats. For the turnout area - nothing. You don't want to put a chemical down where the horses may lay down.
    10-31-2012, 11:15 PM
I have lots of sand in my turnout area, and it get dusty when its dry. So I ended up dumping 3/4" stone down and it's helped. Also it has helped to toughen up there feet. My horses are all bare foot.

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