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post #11 of 13 Old 04-13-2011, 07:23 PM
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TrailHorseRider, I hate mud in the corral! We put down geo-fabric and six inches of pea gravel. No mud. We have to scoop two or three times a day or we'd be knee deep in manure, but that's the tradeoff. We are getting quite a bit of manure build up in the gravel, but even where it's really getting bad there's no mud.

Project for this summer: figure out how to wash the manure out of the gravel without using too much water. A sluice would work great--but it'd take way more water than we have. Any ideas, anyone? I'm thinking of "wet sifting" in a trough: put the pea gravel in a screen bottom box and lift it up and down in a trough of water a few times to flush the crud out of it. Be a lot of work, and take a lot of time, but wouldn't cost much.

And the left over water would be wonderful on the hay!

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post #12 of 13 Old 04-14-2011, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Painted Horse View Post
These horses are all barefoot

Great pictures! looks beautiful. :)

Thank you everyone for your input. I am hauling out this weekend and I think it'll be a test run to see how Sienna does without boots. She has been barefoot all her life (though her old owners never had her feet done), and my boarding stables has a gravel parking lot and lots of gravel roads (you have to ride them to get to the trails) to help keep her feet tough. I'm going to see how she does at the park we're going to. It sounds like sometime in the future I'll invest in some boots (sounds like the majority of people like the easyboot epics, or the soon-to-be trail boots) but until I plan on riding in a very rocky area I think she'll be ok. I'll find out. Thanks so much!

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post #13 of 13 Old 04-14-2011, 11:04 PM
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My mare has always been barefoot and I invested in a pair of front boots for her which I just use if we go trail riding on one of the crushed limestone trails around here. It just protects from extra wear and cracking. I don't need too use them every time...just every one in awhile.

I'd say listen to your horse...if you start to see lameness issues you definitely need boots at the very least and possibly shoes. I always leave the decision up to my horse and my farrier ;)
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