Originally Posted by TheMayoMat
Well, I really don't know as much as I'd like about horses, and I've seen this community be so helpful that I thought I might venture a couple of a questions.
How much time does a horse spend lying down in a stall? Are calluses or sores a problem with horses the way they are with free-stall cows?
Aside from reducing slipperiness of an area, what advantages do rubber mats give a horse? Any disadvantages?
How often do you, or an average horse-owner, groom/bathe your horse? Do most horses seem to like being washed or do they generally resist?
Thank you so much in advance!
I couldn't tell you exactly how much time a horse spends laying down, but it isnt near as much as a cow who has to stop grazing to chew their cud (they often times liek to lay down for this). My horses don't lay down often..I may catch them doing it an hour of so a day, any more that that and I would start thinking something was up. If a horse is laying down enough to get callouses or sores SOMETHING IS WRONG.
Rubber mats are great for shock absorbsion... they don't seem like they give much under our weight but for a horse they can be nice.
IN warm weather If I ride my horses into any kind of sweatyness I'll hose em off. As far as a soap wash mine only ever she that when I am getting them ready for something like a show.. They don't always like it unless its super hot outside, but they have learned that they have to put up with it.