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    12-12-2012, 12:34 AM
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Have you thought of putting some garden mulch down? You know, wood chips, tree bark? They ride horses on it in arenas, can't see why you couldn't throw a few bags of that down just to add some 'texture' to the ground.....just an idea...
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    12-12-2012, 12:44 AM
  #12
Green Broke
Just found that today:
DRY STALL - How Much to Use?

Im going to try, and I suggest whoever does it first, reports here

Read on another forum it really works
     
    12-12-2012, 12:49 AM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
Have you thought of putting some garden mulch down? You know, wood chips, tree bark? They ride horses on it in arenas, can't see why you couldn't throw a few bags of that down just to add some 'texture' to the ground.....just an idea...
Used it before, in a paddock. Works fine....for a while. Unless you get the cured stuff, which lasts longer, and in different sizes, and pay close attention what type of wood is in it, it helps only temporarily and can be even dangerous. No problem in an arena, but with horses free I'd be super careful (black walnut, poisonous plants)
     
    12-12-2012, 12:51 AM
  #14
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Used it before, in a paddock. Works fine....for a while. Unless you get the cured stuff, which lasts longer, and in different sizes, and pay close attention what type of wood is in it, it helps only temporarily and can be even dangerous. No problem in an arena, but with horses free I'd be super careful (black walnut, poisonous plants)
Oh yes, good points.....yes the treated stuff would be better....and yes, be sure to get a wood type that's not poisonous!!!!
     
    12-12-2012, 12:55 AM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Just found that today:
DRY STALL - How Much to Use?

Im going to try, and I suggest whoever does it first, reports here

Read on another forum it really works
I've used it before for pee spots and in stalls, but idk how well it would stand up to actual rain. It's basically like kitty litter, so when overly saturated it just gets mushy.
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    12-12-2012, 01:11 AM
  #16
Green Broke
Okay, so there goes that idea, right out of the window........im in central Ca, we had 3 days of rain and half of my paddock turned into a mudhole. Especially in front of the run-in and along the fence where the haynets hang. Thankfully we've had sun and wind, and it's drying fairly quickly, but we also have the fog, who throws us back again. Before the next rain, a raingutter will be installed along the entry to the run-in, that's for sure(whoever built it conveniently forgot it), so that will take care of part of the problem. I am considering pea gravel for the part in front of the run-in, around the water and the haynets.
     
    12-12-2012, 05:08 PM
  #17
Weanling
Yeah, I've used drystall as well, it's great for indoor stalls in the pee spots, but it would take a LOT to cover a paddock, and if I remember correctly it wasn't cheap.
As far as mulch, I think you're on to something muppetgirl. At the public indoor arena I ride at they have rubber mulch mixed in with the dirt. That may help. I have no idea how expensive it is, and I would want to make double-sure it's non toxic and wouldn't cause colic or something if they ate it. Might be worth investigating though. It would last longer than woodchips.
     
    12-12-2012, 05:28 PM
  #18
Weanling
We actually HAVE a bunch of mulch from when we got out trees trimmed and we are all organic so there are no pesticides or anything on them. I'll have to go through a list of poisonous trees and see if we have anything, or maybe I'll post a list on here of what we have and see if anyone spots anything bad haha. It's all mixed together so if anything is dangerous it'd nix the whole plan. We had thought of doing it before just to get rid of the mulch pile haha. I think I'll try it in part of the paddock and see how it goes :)
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    12-12-2012, 06:21 PM
  #19
Green Broke
Check carefully for anything poisonous. Horses have a tendency to gnaw on twigs and bark anyway, and more so if they don't regularly have it.
     
    12-12-2012, 06:36 PM
  #20
Weanling
Well, there ya go! Potential solution right under your nose!
     

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