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...