I am wondering what you would do? My pens are really dusty. It is like talc powder, it poofs when ever a step is taken and it coats everything with a fine layer of dust. I sprinkle the pens daily once or twice to try and control some of the dust. It helps a little , but not enough. My vet suggested sand. I am not really comfortable with sand, but something needs to be done because the amount of dust these horses are breathing in is not heathy either. My vet has 6 in sand in her pens and uses sand clear monthly and feels it will be safe.
If watering isn't helping, I would use sand, also. As long as you feed them up off of the ground, ingesting it shouldn't be a problem. And, like your vet said, you can use sand clear to purge their system of any they did manage to ingest.
Here in Florida we've been getting rain, so this year knock on wood hasn't been to bad. If we don't get any rain for a few days its so hot that the ground drys out really quick. I have 3 drafts with XL feet so they can keep a cloud of dust going. I have sprinklers on my fence that I run daily for a hour or two to keep the dust down and my guys like to play in the sprinklers to keep cool. I have my sprinklers on a timer that I got a Lowes, it just screws into the waterhose and I can set it to run as often as I want and for as long as I want. If your ground is real dry it will take a lot of water in the begining but if you keep it up you can just water about every other day.
I am going to give the sprinklers a try.
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