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post #1 of 10 Old 09-11-2012, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Stones in pasture

I'm not a horse person! I am building my daughter a horse facility and am in the process of fencing in three 2.7 acre paddocks. I notice some stones in the tennis ball size on the surface under the grass. They are hard to see, but even I find them, resulting in turned ankles. This can't be good for the horses either!

Instead of "picking" stones hidden under grass on about 8 acres, I thought of perhaps renting a small self-propelled "steamroller" type thing and forcing them back into the soil after a rain. ( I live in south central Pa.)

Would the weight of the "stamroller" damage the turf? Would the stones pop back up with freeze and thaw? ANy other possible solutions, short of picking stones?
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-11-2012, 10:55 AM
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If you live where there's rocky soil, you're never going to be able to get rid of every stone. You can rake and pick them up, but more will always come to the surface.

I'm in the VA piedmont and have the same problem. I pick out the worst of them, but I've given up trying to make my paddocks/pastures stone free.
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-11-2012, 11:27 AM
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They don't refer to it as Rocksylvania for nothing. I go out about twice a year and pick out the big rocks. But I wouldnt stress out about it, its inevitable

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post #4 of 10 Old 09-11-2012, 11:32 AM
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Just the same in CT - it grows rocks and stones. I also remove them occasionally when I'm poo picking but my lot have lived with them for 5 years now and seem to have survived OK
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post #5 of 10 Old 09-11-2012, 11:37 AM
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There are plenty of rocks out here in AZ, too!
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post #6 of 10 Old 09-11-2012, 06:51 PM
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Patrolling for and picking rocks would be my daughter's contribution to the set up. Just sayin...
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post #7 of 10 Old 09-11-2012, 07:48 PM
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I personally wouldn't sweat the stones unless you want the exercise. As others have said you wont get rid of them no matter how hard you work at it. Freezing, thawing and rain work them up to the surface.
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post #8 of 10 Old 09-11-2012, 08:25 PM
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your horses hooves will get tougher and adapt to the area in which it lives. Usually. If I add dirt to a pen/corral, I will rake out what I can. If I am picking up trash that has blown into the pastures, and I see some stones, I will toss them into the squirrel holes, lol, maybe one will knock a squirrel..lol lol..
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post #9 of 10 Old 09-12-2012, 08:50 PM
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I agree with the above in that rocks are just a part of life... I walked my pastures once a week and would just put what I found in the wheelbarrow- if there were dug out areas, I filled those with old manure and grass seed.
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post #10 of 10 Old 09-12-2012, 08:55 PM
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I'm in Canada and never have a short supply of stones. I use them to fill the gopher holes.
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