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post #11 of 16 Old 11-11-2019, 05:27 PM
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Yeah, don't just add gravel. Gravel just sinks in the mud and gets churned up. At best, you now have deeper mud with rocks in it that will work to the surface when it dries. At worst, you end up with abrasive paste that will wear your horse's legs raw as they try to navigate through it.

I remember one mustanger account from years past where gravel was added to a muddy pen, and mustangs (considered worthless) driven round and round until they wore their lower legs and hooves to stumps in the abrasive mix, then they were shot and the gravel mixture used for some sort of clay.... ugh.
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post #12 of 16 Old 11-11-2019, 06:04 PM
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There's no easy solution, unfortunately. I have seen places like this, and wouldn't want my horses living there. However, you obviously don't have the option of going somewhere else since you lease.

I'm not sure the product you posted would be effective, but it's worth a try I guess... see if you can find reviews on them. I feel like they wouldn't stay on very well (I snowshoe and the straps on these would not keep snowshoes on my feet), but maybe I'm wrong. Also be cautious of horses stepping on the plastic edge. You'll want to stay very far away from those hooves -- off to the side and a bit in front. It may even be necessary to ask them to have the horse you lease brought in for you. I know you want to do everything yourself, but this strikes me as a dangerous situation. Getting stuck and falling over in an area full of horses seems risky.
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post #13 of 16 Old 11-11-2019, 06:29 PM
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The eternal struggle...

Has anyone here tried Lighthoof? Seems expensive and environmentally questionable, but...
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post #14 of 16 Old 11-13-2019, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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All good things to know for my own property--if we decide to have horses. I will have to determine that before we buy a property. If I don't need to own my horse, we can get a smaller property. If I do want my own horse, then the drainage issues just became a big factor!
Their shed was dry the last time I was out there, but we've had a bunch of snow in the last couple weeks--and thawing and freezing--rinse and repeat! So not sure if it's still dry now. It had a big chunk out of one side which I was told the barn was about to fix. Hopefully they did before this last snowfall.
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post #15 of 16 Old 11-16-2019, 12:04 PM
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When I acquired my first horse she was stabled in a similar situation. She always came to me at the gate. People would ask how I got her to do that. Simple, I carried treats.
As cor the mud it is too late now but keeping the manure picked up reduces mud and hog fuel over the hard pan provides a drier footing.
Do watch out for scratches just below the fetlocks.
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-16-2019, 04:12 PM
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We don't usually have big mud issues, but fall/winter and winter/spring transitions can be rough. I got a pair of tall muck boots that have staying power so they don't slip off. It can happen in places that don't historically have deep mud issues, too.

I have these and the short boots and they're both amazing in the worst, muckiest, wettest seasons.
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