Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: USDF Region 1, USEA Area 2, USEF Zone 3 - Maryland
Is a sand-based footing (covered with rubber mats and shavings)in a stall ok? Is it fine with drainage?
I don't see why not, although I don't know anyone who uses sand. Most have stone. The sand may cause the mats to shift a bit more then usual.
Can horses ride fine in snow?
It depends on the depth of the snow, if it's just a few inches - yes. I'd say if it's up to their knees then it becomes a bit more of a workout. And of course you need to be careful so they don't slip. You also needs to be sure there isn't a thin layer of ice on top of the snow because that can cut their coronet bands.
What type of hay do you think is best to feed a horse?
It depends what you're trying to do (add weight, maintenance, feed a broodmare) but for my 3 I prefer orchard grass or a timothy/orchard grass mix.
What do you wash a stall walls with to prevent cobwebs?
I just take a small broom and knock them down every few weeks.
What medium weight blanket do you think is best?
Anything with a high enough denier to stand up to the rigors my horses sometimes put them through. I do like rider's international blankets though.
Does regular grass (grown from laid grass seed) hurt horses?
Nope - our pasture was started as grass seed. You only need to worry about it if you have a pregnant mare because fescue grass can cause issues with the fetus.
How do you keep away bugs form your barn/horse?
We use fly spray, fly masks and fly traps around the outside of the barn.
Do horses REALLY need a pasture shed if they are put in their stall during bad weather?
I think they do, they need the option to get out of the rain. We don't have a run in so before thunderstorms I bring them into their stalls.
Last week it was 95* and I was at work when it started raining, as soon as I got home I pulled the horses in and my TB mare was shivering like no other, even though it was hot outside... she was just so wet. Wouldn't have happened if we had a run in.
-Melanie Mom to 3 bays: Beau, Daisy & Cavalina