I really need some questions answered!!
I can't answer all of those questions, but I can answer most.
If I didn't answer, I either don't know/don't remember or inthe blanket case, too many answers. Depends.
Can horses ride fine in snow? -- Yup. You have to be careful though because they can get snowpacked on their feet really easy.
What type of hay do you think is best to feed a horse? -- Depends. I like Alfalfa but some horses fettoo hot on that so they get grass hay. I really like to have them on full time pasture though.
How do you keep away bugs form your barn/horse? -- I use Repel X fly spray before a ride and in the stalls you can put three pennies in a bag of water and they stay away.
Do horses REALLY need a pasture shed if they are put in their stall during bad weather? -- No. In fact mine are out on pasture all year round with no problems.
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Is a sand-based footing (covered with rubber mats and shavings)in a stall ok? Is it fine with drainage?
I don't see why not, although I don't know anyone who uses sand. Most have stone. The sand may cause the mats to shift a bit more then usual.
Can horses ride fine in snow?
It depends on the depth of the snow, if it's just a few inches - yes. I'd say if it's up to their knees then it becomes a bit more of a workout. And of course you need to be careful so they don't slip. You also needs to be sure there isn't a thin layer of ice on top of the snow because that can cut their coronet bands.
What type of hay do you think is best to feed a horse?
It depends what you're trying to do (add weight, maintenance, feed a broodmare) but for my 3 I prefer orchard grass or a timothy/orchard grass mix.
What do you wash a stall walls with to prevent cobwebs?
I just take a small broom and knock them down every few weeks.
What medium weight blanket do you think is best?
Anything with a high enough denier to stand up to the rigors my horses sometimes put them through. I do like rider's international blankets though.
Does regular grass (grown from laid grass seed) hurt horses?
Nope - our pasture was started as grass seed. You only need to worry about it if you have a pregnant mare because fescue grass can cause issues with the fetus.
How do you keep away bugs form your barn/horse?
We use fly spray, fly masks and fly traps around the outside of the barn.
Do horses REALLY need a pasture shed if they are put in their stall during bad weather?
I think they do, they need the option to get out of the rain. We don't have a run in so before thunderstorms I bring them into their stalls.
Last week it was 95* and I was at work when it started raining, as soon as I got home I pulled the horses in and my TB mare was shivering like no other, even though it was hot outside... she was just so wet. Wouldn't have happened if we had a run in.
Sand is fine with/out the mat add shavings
Horses are great in the snow (I live in Minnesota) ride w/o metal shoes they are like sleds on ice.
I like grass Hay no alfalfa
I don't blanket (and I live in MN)
Grass in your front yard that is green/thick and lush might hurt the horse to rich.
I like Pyrhanna fly spray
I like run in sheds to shade/rain/wind
I rarely stall my horses It goes from 40 below to 100 and humid here.
As you can see horses and people all have different opinions what works best a lot of it is trial and error to see what works for you and your horse.
Thanks for the grreat answers everyone!!
If you have sand substrate, you may have to keep up on sand-clear to keep the colic levels down. ;)
I thought the same thing about the pasture shed thing. But my dad wants one because "they look cool". lol
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