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  • Will dirt/dust hutr a horse if they eat it
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    07-15-2013, 07:09 PM
So Much Dust!

The runways in our barn were filled a couple summers ago with a really fine dirt - they packed it down good, but within a few months it had come loose, and is almost unbearably dusty. We've tried watering it, we've tried adding some shavings in with the dirt..nothing has helped. Any suggestions?? Was thinking maybe some sand added to it, but sometimes the hay falls on the ground and I don't want them eating much sand.
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    07-15-2013, 07:21 PM
Green Broke
Maybe purchase a hay rack (attaches to the wall) - there are 'flat-backed' or 'corner' racks at just about any TSC/Farm Supply store... I have very sandy soil and sparse grazing in the pasture (my avatar shows a small grassy paddock south of the pasture) so I have a 100 gal. Stock tank in the pasture used as a 'hay bin', and in the run-in barn there's a hay rack - I also have a large hay net that I string up in the barn in very inclement weather. All of these measures have worked well - the goal being to keep hay off of the sand as much as possible - Also, I highly recommend giving your horse "Sand-Aid" or "Sand Clear" pellets for a whole week once a month to prevent sand colic :)
    07-19-2013, 07:46 PM
Green Broke
Magnesium chloride in flake form works great & will last a long time. It comes in a coarser form too but I like the flake better as it dissolves & isn't seen. Dampen the area, sprinkle salt & that's it.
Calcium chloride works well too but is a bit more drying to hooves.
    07-22-2013, 12:04 PM
Awesome, thanks! Any idea where to buy the magnesium chloride at? So it doesn't hurt them at all if consumed? (Just thinking if they end up eating any hay off the ground)
    07-22-2013, 12:05 PM
I should add - that we do have hay mangers in every stall, but some of the horses are notorious for pulling all the hay out of the mangers and eating it off the ground...

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