Harlee rides horses wrote:
Don't use so much sawdust or shavings or whatever you said you used because they build up in horse's feet and then can cause them to go lame. Shavings are only for absorbing the urine and manure.
Hm. I use shavings and have never ever had a problem with lameness due to shavings. I don't see how it could be bad... they don't pack in the hooves like snow does. But definitely use shavings and not sawdust... for obvious reasons. But yes, shavings are definitely useful absorbers... which is why they're commonly used for bedding.
I would suggest getting mats fitted to your stalls, and put shavings on top. Completely clean out the stalls once a week (or more if you have the time!) and lift up the mats, put some lime down and let them air out. This should help...
Well yeah, sawdust would mat better in hooves, you may not have had problems with it as long as you clean your stalls and hooves regularly, but someone who doesn't do that then the build up might occur.
I just haven't ever heard of it happening... I mean, snow gets packed in there, and I've never seen it lame a horse. Regular hoof care (cleaning/trimming etc) should always be on the agenda... If you know of cases happening, then let me know :) Then again, if you're talking sawdust then yes, I could see a problem - for the horse's resparatory system. Again, if you know of a case of shavings laming a horse, let me know! I'm interested now!
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