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        09-15-2010, 09:38 PM
      #11
    Foal
    [QUOTE=Lonestar22;750365]Thrush is a a fungal infection that can eat away at the horses hoof tissues. It's caused by and anerobic (cannot survive in air) bacteria. Signs are a black pus like liquid and soreness on the feet. So as long as you keep the hooves clean you shouldn't have a problem.

    ok. Thanks, your horses look like COWS!!! Lol
         
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        09-15-2010, 09:45 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    It depends on how much you take out as how much you put in. I like to be able to feel a good base under my feet in the stall. If I can stand there and not feel softness under my feet I know it isn't deep enough. If he isn't in the stall a lot you aren't going to be putting more sawdust in every day. But I do strip my stalls, even though my girls aren't in that often, at least every other week. Which means I take ALL of the old sawdust out and put fresh new sawdust in.

    You want to make sure you put the dirty sawdust in a pile that is well enough away from his barn as not to attract flies. I compost mine in hopes that I can use it for my garden. I googled how....
         
        09-15-2010, 09:49 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ShutUpJoe    
    It depends on how much you take out as how much you put in. I like to be able to feel a good base under my feet in the stall. If I can stand there and not feel softness under my feet I know it isn't deep enough. If he isn't in the stall a lot you aren't going to be putting more sawdust in every day. But I do strip my stalls, even though my girls aren't in that often, at least every other week. Which means I take ALL of the old sawdust out and put fresh new sawdust in.

    You want to make sure you put the dirty sawdust in a pile that is well enough away from his barn as not to attract flies. I compost mine in hopes that I can use it for my garden. I googled how....

    Is 10*20ft to big of a stall? That is what he is in now.
         
        09-15-2010, 09:51 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    You can never have to big of a stall. : )
         
        09-15-2010, 10:05 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    [quote=farmerjeff;750427]
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lonestar22    
    Thrush is a a fungal infection that can eat away at the horses hoof tissues. It's caused by and anerobic (cannot survive in air) bacteria. Signs are a black pus like liquid and soreness on the feet. So as long as you keep the hooves clean you shouldn't have a problem.

    Ok. Thanks, your horses look like COWS!!! Lol

    Lol. They are fatties, but that's how I like 'em. But they aren't overweight.
         
        09-15-2010, 10:07 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Should I cover the whole stall with it or just a little bit of it?
         
        09-15-2010, 10:12 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    The whole floor of the stall should be covered with about 8 inches of shavings. Clean it every morning and evening and the shavings should last longer. If your foal pees in one spot I would clean that spot out often. When the stalls aren't clean flies get bad and lay eggs which hatch into maggots. And that's just disgusting.
         
        09-15-2010, 10:15 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    I'd recommend looking into some place that sells sawdust in bulk. The stuff in the bags is terribly expensive. Even more so when you have a large stall, trust me I know.
         
        09-15-2010, 10:15 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    We use peatmoss at my Grandparents and straw at the barn I ride at. We found that the sawdust we were getting from the sawmill was drying out our Standardbreds hooves...not really good for racing horses! So we switched to peatmoss. As long as it is soft to lay on, it will be fine.

    Here is an article that compares 4 different kinds of bedding for horses:
    Evaluating Performance of Several Horse Beddings

    Article on how to maintain the stall:
    How to Maintain a Horse Stall: Cleaning and Maintenance for Your Horse's Stall

    Depending on if your horse is a stall walker, corner pooper or whatever, it makes a difference on where you want the most bedding. Stall walkers, you want more in the middle because they are going to pull it to the outside. Corner poopers, not so much in the corner so you arent wasting so much. We always try and pull the majority of whatever is left in the stall towards the middle so that when they lay down it is more comfy for them, and as they move around it gets to the outside anyways.

    Edited to Add: I prefer sawdust or peat moss over straw because I don't like them eating the straw, and I find that sd/pm is softer to lay on.
         
        09-15-2010, 10:17 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lonestar22    
    The whole floor of the stall should be covered with about 8 inches of shavings. Clean it every morning and evening and the shavings should last longer. If your foal pees in one spot I would clean that spot out often. When the stalls aren't clean flies get bad and lay eggs which hatch into maggots. And that's just disgusting.

    Ok gotcha, that alone is going to cost some money. Do you mean put in clean shavings in the morning and take them out in the evening and put back new shavings? Or just once a day and clean the poop out with one of those shovel type strainer?
         

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