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    04-20-2011, 10:16 PM
That would take a bunch of shavings to cover a full sized round pen adequately .
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    04-21-2011, 10:57 AM
Green Broke
That's what I thought too. She suggested using the ones that we're mucking out (without poo, just the wet shavings) and making a 'track' around the outside to start, then filling it in. I thought it was bizarre too.

I want sand, but my BO (parents!) don't want to do it.
It's been so rainy I can't get my poor fat boy out there to do anything because of the mud. :/
    04-21-2011, 11:13 AM
Originally Posted by spookychick13    
That's what I thought too. She suggested using the ones that we're mucking out (without poo, just the wet shavings) and making a 'track' around the outside to start, then filling it in. I thought it was bizarre too.
It's the theory of repurpose. I strip stalls of stall walkers and use it as mulch around the ever green trees on the edge of the property. Keeps the weeds down and holds moisture. Less shavings in the manure pile to spread. They are also easy on the lawn mower.

Not bizarre at all.
    04-21-2011, 11:26 AM
Green Broke
Nice, I just never thought of it, or heard of it. I am all for recycling!
I will try this then. :)
    04-21-2011, 06:45 PM
Wouldn't the shavings get wet and gross?
    04-21-2011, 10:37 PM
Would it matter what kinda sand? It's pretty expensive isn't it? Can't really do the shavings unless I buy new cause there aren't any stalls at our ranch :/
    04-21-2011, 10:44 PM
I really don't think it would matter much what kind of sand. If I was looking for myself, I would lean more toward a coarser, heavier sand to minimize loss to the wind (I think that might be cheaper too).
    04-21-2011, 11:03 PM
Years ago I rode at a stable that put the barn cleanings (manure and wheat straw) in the big riding ring, only in the winter. Come spring thaw he'd harrow this around. Within a month you'd never know. From years of doing this the ground was springy. Great for the jumpers. BTW I've read that vinegar is good for killing grass and weeds. I plan on trying it this summer.
    04-21-2011, 11:50 PM
Ok ya didn't think about coarser sand lol duh. Hmm never heard about that vinegar stuff.. I might have to try that..
    04-24-2011, 09:24 AM
I've heard that shavings get slippery when wet, and if you put them directly on the mud they will be mixed with it and also start to decompone (great compost for the garden but not so great for horse training).
If you put on sand beware not to put too thick a layer as it will make it very heavy for the horse. 3-5 cm's maximum (don't know in inches, I'm European).
Yes, a hard ground is hard for a young horse's legs but you should never train/lounge him for a very long time anyway (like 15 minutes max.), so it might not be a problem.

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