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post #1 of 7 Old 08-14-2013, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Pavement or Gravel?

Hi there :)
So I have a question for y'all..
When you pull up to a proffesional equine establishment with your horse trailer, do you prefer the driveway to be gravel or pavement? Now I understand pavement is the smoother ride, but I'm also talking appearance wise.. And I'm talking well kept, smooth, weed free gravel driveway..
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-14-2013, 07:44 PM
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Very few equine facilities around here have paved driveways. Depending on your winters, pavement + frost heaves + horse trailer traffic = crumbles, cracks and and ruts. Gravel is much easier to regrade after rain or snow, so it can be kept looking nice for longer and for far less money.
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-14-2013, 11:49 PM
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I could care less either way really.

Outta curiousity, why do ya ask?
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-15-2013, 12:03 AM
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I have gravel. i am not in an area that freezes. I wish I had pavement/asphalt. Easier on hooves if you lead across it. No picking rocks out of hooves, and it seems as soon as we get a houdini thats one of the first places they go stroll.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-15-2013, 12:10 AM
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Paved looks better but costs more to put in and upkeep. I think all around here have gravel driveways.
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-15-2013, 01:16 AM
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Gravel. Not only is the upkeep much easier, but if the horses ever have to walk on/across the driveway, every step on pavement is an accident waiting to happen if they are wearing shoes.

One spook in hand can lead to a slip and an injury that can end a horse's career or life.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-15-2013, 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
Gravel. Not only is the upkeep much easier, but if the horses ever have to walk on/across the driveway, every step on pavement is an accident waiting to happen if they are wearing shoes.

One spook in hand can lead to a slip and an injury that can end a horse's career or life.
I agree, plus less chance of a horse slipping its back legs under the trailer while unloading.
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