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Carolmarie 06-08-2013 12:44 PM

Too Much Sand in Corrals ~ What to mix it with??
 
I'm in Central Arizona. We just moved from a place where the corral was over 1/2 an acre to one where my two horses have less than half of that space :-(

But, the real problem is that we are near the river and so there is a Lot of sand in their corral. I've been watering it down to help keep the sand particles from shifting so much, while I look for something to mix in with the sand.

So far, it seems like my best option is to mix it with top soil. Any other suggestions?

Also, I'll be putting up a two stall structure by fall, and need to figure out what to use for the flooring.

Thanks in advance for your help :-)

Dreamcatcher Arabians 06-08-2013 01:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Carolmarie (Post 2742026)
I'm in Central Arizona. We just moved from a place where the corral was over 1/2 an acre to one where my two horses have less than half of that space :-(

But, the real problem is that we are near the river and so there is a Lot of sand in their corral. I've been watering it down to help keep the sand particles from shifting so much, while I look for something to mix in with the sand.

So far, it seems like my best option is to mix it with top soil. Any other suggestions?

Also, I'll be putting up a two stall structure by fall, and need to figure out what to use for the flooring.

Thanks in advance for your help :-)

They'll compact the sand over time, you don't need to do anything to it. That's one of the things I miss MOST about AZ & CA, the sand in the corrals. Makes cleaning and staying dry sooooo much easier.

For your structure, if it's fully enclosed, you can add some road base and tamp it down tight to firm up the flooring. If it's just a 3 sided shelter with "stalls" then I wouldn't do anything. During monsoon you'll be very glad of that sand.

newbierider 06-10-2013 08:04 AM

ugh I feel your pain. I live in the california desert and my horses stalls are in sand. I actually like the sand part for the reasons listed above, no more mud for my horses in the spring and winter BUT......I do not know what to do about the rocks.....desert=sand+rocks, millions of them all shapes and sizes...

Dreamcatcher Arabians 06-10-2013 08:36 AM

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Originally Posted by newbierider (Post 2756714)
ugh I feel your pain. I live in the california desert and my horses stalls are in sand. I actually like the sand part for the reasons listed above, no more mud for my horses in the spring and winter BUT......I do not know what to do about the rocks.....desert=sand+rocks, millions of them all shapes and sizes...

Hate to say it but......I used to hand pick the big rocks (big enough or sharp enough to make a stone bruise) out of my corrals and riding arena. After several years, it got much better but never enough to not keep picking.

Vidaloco 06-10-2013 09:12 AM

I have some friends who have really nice round pen footing. I asked them once how they kept it so fluffy and they told me the secret...horse manure.

Carolmarie 06-13-2013 02:10 AM

Thanks for the replies :-) ... I've been hand picking the rocks too, I spend way too much time in the corral trying to keep it safe for them.

I'm also leaving some of the manure behind to help the sand become more like a soil.

What I've been concerned about is sand colic. Guess I'll just keep watering it to keep it more stable and leave more of the manure behind. I've also upped their intake of psyllium.

stevenson 06-13-2013 02:20 AM

Shavings ? you may want to put some shavings down where the feeder is, so the feed that falls out wont be on the sand.
;) just having a laugh.. I am in CA and I am in clay. No sand for me, well maybe a small amount.

NaeNae87 06-13-2013 04:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Carolmarie (Post 2787826)
Thanks for the replies :-) ... I've been hand picking the rocks too, I spend way too much time in the corral trying to keep it safe for them.

I'm also leaving some of the manure behind to help the sand become more like a soil.

What I've been concerned about is sand colic. Guess I'll just keep watering it to keep it more stable and leave more of the manure behind. I've also upped their intake of psyllium.

Feed heaps and heaps of hay to help prevent sand building up, as well as the psyllium :)
Mine were on sand and my vet was always surprised at the lack of sand in their gut when she came to do a check up.

Dreamcatcher Arabians 06-13-2013 10:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Carolmarie (Post 2787826)
Thanks for the replies :-) ... I've been hand picking the rocks too, I spend way too much time in the corral trying to keep it safe for them.

I'm also leaving some of the manure behind to help the sand become more like a soil.

What I've been concerned about is sand colic. Guess I'll just keep watering it to keep it more stable and leave more of the manure behind. I've also upped their intake of psyllium.

I fed lots of hay and I used half barrel feeders over a couple of stall mats to keep as much feed out of the sand as possible. I never had a problem with sand colic or stones and I rarely fed psyllium.

Saddlebag 06-13-2013 12:05 PM

Those rocks and stones build tough hooves. Altho we often hear the term stone bruise, the bruising you see is rarely from stones but a small amount of bleeding within the hoof that happened higher up. Horses know exactly where to place their feet and will avoid the rocks.


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