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        03-09-2013, 09:11 AM
      #11
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by mistysms    
    Well we have now changed our mind again. We will not be making a stall outside we are going to make a stall inside our shed it will be at least 12 by 15. The shed has a garage door on the front and back we are going to take the back door and lock it up and build a gate there so she can see out. We are also going to fence in a little less then 1/2 an acre just outside the gate so during the day we can leave the gate open so she can go outside in the fresh air. Do you think that's a good idea?
    This sounds like a much better idea. Have you got better footing in the shed? You could also put down a wood floor, which would me more manageable in a 12x15.
         
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        03-09-2013, 01:43 PM
      #12
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by stevenson    
    I would never stall a horse on gravel. You need some dirt and then you can put down straw or shavings. Are makeing a box stall ? Or just a corral ?
    Gravel = rocks.. this will cause sores and she can get stone bruises.
    Horses get stone bruises because their feet are not conditioned. I've been told that if you put gravel around the watering troughs outside or just in front of the stall (if they have an attached pen) or somewhere they have to walk everyday, it helps to condition their hooves and get them toughened up.

    If you have gravel in her stall and want to put shaving, straw or something else down for bedding, but down stall mats (the thick 3/4" ones) and put the bedding down on top of them. That way the gravel will not get mashed into the poop and bedding and it will make it way easier to clean out.

    I think it is good to take your horse away from others if you can. I see some awful buddy sour animals and people keep enabling this behavior by bring them back to the buddy all the time.
    Kinda like people who say "My horse will not load into a straight load trailer". Really?
    Sorry - pet peeve...

    Danielle
         
        03-09-2013, 11:36 PM
      #13
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by JeepnGirl    
    Horses get stone bruises because their feet are not conditioned. I've been told that if you put gravel around the watering troughs outside or just in front of the stall (if they have an attached pen) or somewhere they have to walk everyday, it helps to condition their hooves and get them toughened up.

    If you have gravel in her stall and want to put shaving, straw or something else down for bedding, but down stall mats (the thick 3/4" ones) and put the bedding down on top of them. That way the gravel will not get mashed into the poop and bedding and it will make it way easier to clean out.

    I think it is good to take your horse away from others if you can. I see some awful buddy sour animals and people keep enabling this behavior by bring them back to the buddy all the time.
    Kinda like people who say "My horse will not load into a straight load trailer". Really?
    Sorry - pet peeve...

    Danielle
    She HATES walking on gravel but its getting better because where she is know they have gravel around the water and around where we feed her. Now we are building a stall in the shed so there is concrete floors. I'm going to put down stall mats then some kind of bedding down. When she pees in the stall is it going to go under the stall mats? My horse is very buddy sour already (used to be a trail horse) so hopefully this will help. She only buddy sour really when we ride tho.
         
        03-09-2013, 11:53 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Much better!
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        03-09-2013, 11:59 PM
      #15
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by mistysms    
    So you think on top of the gravel I should put a load of dirt then straw? The reason we don't want to put matts down is so when she pees she isn't standing in it and it will soak in to the ground a little.
    I would put some mats down on the area she will sleep in, and then shavings on top of that. I hate straw, it's not very absorbent and will stink in very short order, as well, it gets really heavy when wet. So in your 12 X 30, I'd put a 12 X 12 area in mats and shavings, the remaining 18 ft can still be gravel as long as it's not too coarse and shouldn't hurt her feet. It'll provide pretty good drainage to help keep her feet/fetlocks dry and will help dry out the scratches. I wouldn't put dirt or sand on top, just shavings if needed. The mats and fairly deep shavings in the sleeping area will make things soft enough to not give hock sores when she's getting up and down.
         

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