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    09-15-2012, 02:10 AM
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Paddock footing advice?

Hey there,

So when I got my horse, he came with amazing hard feet. His farrier was very impressed and happy to keep him barefoot.

Long story short, his feet are getting softer. My farrier is pretty convinced it's because he's been in sloppy hogfuel (she says hogfuel is the worst footing). We've fixed the drainage, but it's still hogfuel...

The paddock is tiny. It's about 7-8 times the length of my horse long, and about 1.5 his length for width. It's attached to his stall, which has bedding over rubber mats.

First I was looking at crusher dust, which is what my farrier suggested. But he loves to sleep outside, and it doesn't seem very kind. So I thought maybe I could do half crusher dust, half something else...?

The other one I was reading was pea gravel. Seems kinder to their skin, and drains through (which I read the crusher dust doesn't really do, water just rolls off. And I live in a boggy area, with newly done drainage... would like to use it, hahaha). Could I do the whole paddock like this?

Anyways. Any thoughts?
     
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    09-15-2012, 06:40 PM
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I would go with the pea gravel. I think it drains better, and it won't get dusty in the dryer months. Hopefully I am going to get some pea gravel into my runs before winter sets in (of course AFTER redoing the barn and fencing)...
     

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