Originally Posted by teamfire
The hogfuel we use is mostly cedar wood chips. Kinda like garden mulch.
Sand worries me due to the risk of sand colic.
Oh, interesting term - "hogfeed". I don't use wood products for bedding, but a lot of folks do. I don't understand why it would deteriorate his hooves.
The risk of sand colic is real anytime a horse eats off of sand. All of my horses have eaten off of sand for years at a time b/c of the pieces they throw/drop out of their feeders. They eat alfalfa, grass hay, and beet pulp and very little
grain. I have never had one sand colic. However, I have known several people that had horses that did - and they gave them psyllium as a preventive measure! It is puzzling...why their's did and mine never did/have. I am guessing it is due to diet.
I personally will not feed my horses in a closed paddock unless I absolutely have to. But, then...you didn't say it was "closed". :)
A horse should not spend a lot of time in a paddock. Can't he go outside and play?