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KarrotKreek 07-01-2012 03:19 PM

Dealing with Dust
My horses are boarded. So I'm limited in my options of how to manage dust. Would it be great if they watered the arena more, added special products to the footing, yada yada yada... Of course. But in all reality, that isn't going to happen so I'd like to get advice on how to manage what is within my control.

The situation: Everything is excessively dry here. We are in the middle of a drought and it's not even drought season yet. So it's only going to get worse. The arena is dry and dusty. Excessively so. But water is more important to conserve for priority usage than soaking a dust bowl. Riding in this can't be healthy for either horse or rider. My horse gets racked with coughs that bring us to a standstill when the dust gets kicked up badly. Riding options include an indoor and outdoor arena or stone lane. The other facet is how much of this dust works it's way into the stable. It coats everything. Even inside our tack lockers.

Any suggestions for managing the dust? Or helping protect my horse from the effects of it?

eclipseranch 07-01-2012 03:24 PM

yep, even like that on pvt property..a mist on the arena def will calm it down for a short is what the owner did when we used to board. I recommend you keep your tack covered as much as possible too..bad for your lungs, your horses' lungs & your tack

cakemom 07-01-2012 03:28 PM

Here they are grinding the road up right in front of my pasture. I have to wash cement dust off my babies daily.
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MHFoundation Quarters 07-01-2012 03:39 PM

Wish I had an answer for you. A fly mask with a nose veil? I did know someone many, many years ago that had a gelding with heaves and they made him a nose cover out of pantyhose to ride in (looked pretty funny but she swore it helped him) We've been dealing with it too, though right now it is raining hard, even some hail...can't remember ever being so happy to see hail & lightning! I'm pretty sure I heard the grass sighing :lol:

I've been either riding in the pastures, woods or the indoor - it has an overhead sprinker system that's pretty efficient as far as water usage. My outdoor hasn't had a horse in it in weeks, the dust is just unbearable.

DancingArabian 07-01-2012 04:28 PM

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Spreading MAG flakes would help with the dust and doesn't require water. They pull in water from the air.
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