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post #41 of 47 Old 02-03-2011, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj View Post
I disagree with this. As someone who has to deal with intense mud every single spring, thrush is a constant threat, as well as scratches and heaven forbid anyone gets injured because keeping it clean is next to impossible.

That amount of mud for any amount of time can be EXTREMELY lethal - regardless of it's a severe skin fungus, a badly infected wound or even colic from eating off that all the time.

I would argue that these conditions are almost as bad as it gets. A horse is not a pig, they are not designed to be wallowing in filth and feces without severe consequences.
Okay, I'm wrong :)

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post #42 of 47 Old 02-03-2011, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind View Post
Kevin you are not the only one. I would guess there are more people who do not pick their paddocks than do pick their paddocks.

I pick mine because they are right near my house and I have a horse who manures all in one spot so you end up with a huge pile of manure if it is not picked regularly.

I do not see not picking paddocks as a sign of a bad owner.
I dont pick our paddocks :)
When they need it, I hook a Belgian up to the drag and pull it over the fields, but I personally find that 13 acres is too much to be out there with a bucket and a fork.

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post #43 of 47 Old 02-03-2011, 10:02 AM
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I pick the small paddock that leads out to their large pasture but thats it.
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post #44 of 47 Old 02-03-2011, 06:00 PM
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Glad the horses are in a better environment. Had they been my neighbors, we would have offered to help improve their situation. He didn't look all that strong to me, so I can see the job was probably too daunting for him. Of course that's just speculation on my part.

I do pick out my paddock regularly, as well as the stall. I do not do the fields. I like my place to look neat and clean, and I want my horses in as clean an area as possible. I also lime the areas regularly too. But that is me. I am ever watchful for thrush and other hoof ailments. Rather prevent than try to treat.

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post #45 of 47 Old 02-04-2011, 02:25 AM
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my pastures and paddock is a mess in the spring!!! not that muddy, but muddy!
as for picking up after my horses, i personaly don't, although I've been known to send a punished child to clean them out.

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post #46 of 47 Old 02-04-2011, 08:45 AM
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Ahahahahaha! Nice!

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post #47 of 47 Old 02-04-2011, 04:07 PM
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This makes me angry.... at that woman and the news crew! The barbed wire needs to go, yes, but y'all can come on over to my side of the fence and take a look at the mud we've been dealing with here in Central California.

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