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    08-14-2013, 05:39 PM
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Foal
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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    08-14-2013, 07:44 PM
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Yearling
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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    08-14-2013, 11:49 PM
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Started
I could care less either way really.

Outta curiousity, why do ya ask?
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    08-15-2013, 12:03 AM
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Green Broke
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 that's one of the first places they go stroll.
     
    08-15-2013, 12:10 AM
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Green Broke
Paved looks better but costs more to put in and upkeep. I think all around here have gravel driveways.
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    08-15-2013, 01:16 AM
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Showing
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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    08-15-2013, 05:15 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
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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