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  • What is limestone screening in dry lots for horses
  • Limestone screeings for barn floor?

 
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    10-01-2007, 07:30 PM
  #11
Trained
I've put koppertox on the bottom of her foot, and rainmaker on the rest of her hoof, and its made a huge difference. Her stall also got all nice and level and I think that has a huge thing to do with it too. I know she's a lot more comfortable being able to move around whenever she wants without having a huge hole in the middle of her stall.
     
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    10-01-2007, 07:38 PM
  #12
Showing
Keeping those tootsys dry is a big help. We spent my new carpet for the livingroom fund on putting 70 tons of limestone screenings in the dry lot and stalls. Guess we know where my prioritys lie. It will help keep them (and me) out of the mud during the rainy season though.
     
    10-01-2007, 08:34 PM
  #13
Trained
What exactly is limestone screening? When my boyfriend and I get property, we obviously want our horses to go there, and we were talking the other day about what to put down in the stalls.
     
    10-01-2007, 09:05 PM
  #14
Showing
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Originally Posted by appylover31803
what exactly is limestone screening? When my boyfriend and I get property, we obviously want our horses to go there, and we were talking the other day about what to put down in the stalls.
Its just crushed limestone it looks kind of like kitty litter. When it is packed down it gets like concrete but unlike concrete it drains. I've heard it called aglime but I think the screenings are a little courser. Its much less expensive than concrete and in my opinion better on their legs and feet. Its easy to clean out stalls with a manure scoop acts kinda like scoopable kitty litter. We had an area near the water tank that was always boot sucking mud during heavy rains and now its nice and solid with the screenings. We also put it out were we have the round bale feeder so they always have a dry place.check out penn states info on stall floors http://www.das.psu.edu/user/equine/a...ephanfloor.htm
     
    10-01-2007, 09:15 PM
  #15
Trained
That is very interesting. Vega's stall is just dirt with half a bag of bedding on top. They get it out of a mountain on their property, so it has rocks and pieces of shale that once they fill in the stalls have to go through and pick all the rocks out. Its a pain in the behind, and I would love to put different flooring in, but I doubt its allowed. I'll have to ask, or mention the limestone screening to the owners.
     
    10-01-2007, 10:25 PM
  #16
Showing
Unfortunatly it is only sold by the ton as far as I know. Usually from a quarry. Otherwise you could just sneak a couple of bags in and none would be the wiser. Can you take a mat in? Sounds like your barn owners are a bit derilect in their stall care.
     
    10-01-2007, 11:49 PM
  #17
Trained
Yeahh I would definitely say so. I'd have to take demensions of the stall in order to put a mat in, but I don't know if i'd do that. Like obviously for my horse I would, but they have used Vega's stall for other horses when she's turned out. It gets very annoying when you bring her in, and somebody's in her stall licking her treats. I'd have to see tho, i'll talk to the owner about it.. see if its allowed cause I would love to do that for her.
     
    11-08-2007, 10:22 AM
  #18
Foal
My vet recommended Thrush x and it worked great for me. It is expensive for a small bottle, but you only put it on once a week at most, and just use a small amount, so it lasts a long time.
     
    11-09-2007, 07:03 AM
  #19
Started
If you feel you will need to keep your horses at this barn for a while the stall mats sound like the best solution. Other horses on it won't hurt it, tho it would be aggravating to have others using the stall when you have special treats in there. Advantage; you can always take the mats with you when you move. :)

For thrush, I suggest soaking the hoof in ACV a few times a week, or once for a couple of hours if you have some kind of hoof boots you can use. Use a 50/50 ACV/water solution. Another soaking medium that seems to help is plain old laundry borax.. Make a thickish slurry of this. I often use Betadine scrub and epsom salts(make a paste). Cover the sole, place a piece of gauze over it then wrap w/a bit of vetwrap to keep that in place. Cover with a duct tape boot. Leave on for a couple days if it stays that long. Or use sugardine. Sugar and betadine solution, same procedure.

Hope one of those works for you. Also if the trim is right then the thrush should not come back. Healthy hooves thing. ;)
     
    11-10-2007, 11:04 PM
  #20
Foal
Diet can affect thrush, also.
Sweet feed and other sugary food can get it started. I learned this after a well meaning neighbor started giving my horse sweet feed "because he likes it." He soon developed thrush and I have seen in researching it that a high carb. Diet can cause it.
     

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