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post #1 of 12 Old 04-14-2013, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not sure if I should put this question here or some where else :(
I have about 2 acres I have fixed up to bring my horses home. Most of it is all dirt, grass, big trees. But I have one area that is about 50ft by 50ft with big gravel haha. I don't want the horses to have to stand on the big gravel so I was thinking of putting down pea gravel. At first I wanted to get some top soil or some kind of dirt but then it would just be a BIG muddy mess when it rains. They wont have to stand on the pea gravel all the time because they will always have access to the other 2 acres. In this 50ft by 50ft spot is where I would like to keep there water and where I would like to feed them grain. So I was just wondering if it would be alright to use the pea gravel there or not? Also I will be cleaning their feet out at least once every two days. I added 2 pictures of the gravel I was thinking about getting (i think its pea gravel)
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-14-2013, 11:24 PM
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I wouldnt worry about putting anything on that gravel-- I would actually encourage my horses to walk across it.. Its good for em.
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I wouldnt worry about putting anything on that gravel-- I would actually encourage my horses to walk across it.. Its good for em.
100% agree. It will help keep their feet trimmed down naturally and toughen them up. Just leave it alone.
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-15-2013, 01:00 AM
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I have heard really great things about pea gravel. If you have the money and want to do it, I would say go for it. If a horse has thin soles, stepping on gravel all the time will not solve it right away and will cause more bruising........

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post #5 of 12 Old 04-15-2013, 11:31 PM
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What you pictured looks OK. Not sure what you mean by 'big gravel'. It doesn't matter if it's bigger than pictured, but how sharp it is and how deep it is that makes the difference. So assuming what you've got isn't good on it's own, putting down a few inches or more of rounded gravel on top will help.

Oh & if you're going to this effort for their feet, also worth considering alternatives to feeding them grain.
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-15-2013, 11:38 PM
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That's not pea gravel. It looks like crushed concrete. I'm on my phone so maybe I'm wrong. Not that's a bad thing really ( I wouldn't use it) but it often contains metal from rebar or even tie wires.
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-15-2013, 11:43 PM
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I know pea gravel to look like this



Pictures didn't show up for me before
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Consider yourself lucky....you may need a gravel area eventually. If the gravel isn't sharp, it should be fine.
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I know pea gravel to look like this



Pictures didn't show up for me before
That is pea gravel. A much better option.
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-16-2013, 01:26 PM
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The OP'd picture looks to be more of a road gravel. A lot of road crews will lay it down on dirt roads then run the asphalt truck over it as it sprays a layer of tar/asphalt turning it into a paved road.

The last two pictures are actual pea gravel. Pea gravel is named that due to being about the size/shape of a pea and brown colored more so than a grey.

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