Just a couple of questions
Well, I really don't know as much as I'd like about horses, and I've seen this community be so helpful that I thought I might venture a couple of a questions.
How much time does a horse spend lying down in a stall? Are calluses or sores a problem with horses the way they are with free-stall cows?
Aside from reducing slipperiness of an area, what advantages do rubber mats give a horse? Any disadvantages?
How often do you, or an average horse-owner, groom/bathe your horse? Do most horses seem to like being washed or do they generally resist?
Thank you so much in advance!
Rubber mats are great for shock absorbsion... they dont seem like they give much under our weight but for a horse they can be nice.
IN warm weather If I ride my horses into any kind of sweatyness I'll hose em off. as far as a soap wash mine only ever she that when I am getting them ready for something like a show.. They dont always like it unless its super hot outside, but they have learned that they have to put up with it.
As for grooming and bathing, I suppose it would depend on the horse's personality and how they were raised and trained. My BO's horses fidget a lot in the wash stall, even though they know they should stay still. My ex-racer Thoroughbred stand perfectly still in the wash stall through everything...but he likes to fidget in his stall when I brush him (and dump out all the contents of my grooming box when I'm not looking). When I bathed Reno on Saturday (it was the first time I've bathed him), some of my barn buds suggested that I try to bathe him at least once a month if possible. I brush him regularly because he's a mud-puppy...
Wow thanks for the fast and helpful responses!
So I expected that horses wouldn't lie down as much as cows, but I must say one hour a day is a bit of a surprise.
I deal primarily with EVA mats, which are a little more expensive than rubber mats but come with their own advantages. I imagine the rubber probably gets pretty hard and spread out over time, though I'm not sure that's even much of an issue considering the small time that horses spend lying down.
Reno Bay- don't the barn owners bolt the rubber mats down to the concrete to prevent bedding from getting under the mats? That's what we do in cow stalls and it's never been a problem. But again, obviously, I don't know if that is even an option in a horse stall.
Nice to know the information about washing, too. I must admit, though my embarrassment begs me not to, I didn't realize that horses sweated! Is it as much as us? How high is their tolerance to hot weather?
Mine doesn't...for whatever reason. Most of the stalls don't get ridiculously bad if I clean them the RIGHT way when it's my day...but my horse is just so...bad with his stall. Pooping and walking around...flinging hay everywhere >-<
Foals will lay down and sleep ALOT more than adult horse will. And not to say some horses don't lay down more than an hour a day, just telling you what I have noticed with mine. Also mine wont lay down on a bad day, its usually warm and sunny before they will pass out in a laying down position. Otherwise they sleep standing.
horses tend to like cooler weather because they have a higher body temp than we do, and not to mention fur. But it depends on the breed just like with cows. arabians are better suited for hotter climates because they were origionally bred for these situations (just like say a long horn) where as your bigger drafts tended to be bred and used in colder climates and can handle those respectively (think scottish highland cattle)..
"IF I trash my stall, that means it be stripped spotless EVERYDAY" lol.
My horse lays down to sleep for at least 5 hours every night, but he refuses to lay down when outside- he'll only lay down while in his stall.
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Somewhere I read that about 3 hours a day is typical for a hrose to lay down. it's just that we don't always see it, as it may happen part in the middle of the night, and part in the late afternoon (( 3to 5 is often a time of low circadian rythms for horses, meaning they are logey)
Some horses do fold up tighter than others while laying down and their shod hoof can cause a callus on their own elbow. There are these donut like things a person can put on to disallow that .
Bathing is never required. bathing with soap is not a great idea, as it takes away the natural lanolin/oils of the skin. having some dust against the skin helps keep the mites down. However, grooming also stimulates the skin, so it can be good, too. I only wash off the sweat on occasions. The horses never seem bothered by it. I towel off as much as I can. But where we are, there is no heated water or warming lights , so kind of primitive. And the horses are very happy and healthy.
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