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    03-13-2012, 12:47 AM
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It's not how much shavings you put in a stall that costs, it's how much you toss out. I bed deep & take out very little shavings, just the wet spots. Unless a horse is messy in the stall it should cost no more to bed deeply.
The main factor that some BO's don't like is that a heavily bedded stall takes longer to clean vs 2 quick shovel scoops.
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    03-13-2012, 12:52 AM
Hock boots and hock wraps are about the same Some are thicker then others but do the same thing.
    03-13-2012, 12:54 AM
Alrighty, thank you!
Should they be taken off daily?
    03-13-2012, 11:26 AM
Watch out using hock wraps or boots for long periods of time. They can act like a sweat and cause a retention of moisture which can make the abrasion worse (promote bacteria growth and/or fungus) and can cause issues with the unaffected skin. Best bet is more shavings.
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    03-13-2012, 02:21 PM
I'll be talking to the BO shortly.
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    03-14-2012, 12:54 AM
I'd suggest bedding the stall deeper like everyone else has said, and then you have to constantly refill the stall as it gets cleaned and bedding is removed.

Corona (the ointment not the beer lol) has done wonders for hock rubs around here, as well as grassy pasture, if your horse is on a hard dirt lot the rubs are going to keep coming back or won't go away at all.

I wouldn't put much stock in hock boots or wraps, besides bunching, rubbing, getting dirty, causing sores, acting like a sweat, or giving unnecessary support, they'll be a hassle for whoever has to put them on and take them off (your horse should NOT be in them full time).
    03-14-2012, 12:33 PM
She's on dirt except in the summer when it grows.
I'll ask my riding instructor/BO about the bedding.
She gets defensive if you say you dislike someyhing she's doing.
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    03-14-2012, 05:24 PM
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The rubs on the point of the hock are due to lack of bedding and given more they will grow normal hair.
The others on the side of the hock will not grow hair, these usually occur when a foal is born and they rub the hair off and remain scared for the rest of their life
    03-14-2012, 07:21 PM
Well extra bedding. She's only in for 15 minutes two times a day. And doesn't lay down because she's eating. So actually extra bedding doesn't help. We don't keep them in at night unless it's going to be cold and rainy.
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