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post #1 of 23 Old 12-25-2015, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys! So its xmas day, and the stables flooded, causing arguments and whatnot, on xmas day which was fun. Anyway, luckily as their xmas prezzie the ponies were out in the field all day. They were wet but ok when they came in. Due to this, and our drained pretty much imploded on itself as of the water (thats how bad it is) we had to build dams outside the ponies stables, this means, we couldn't tie up hay nets so the ponies ran out of food pretty quickly, and Dusty (who is tipped) has no rug on. -clipped We cannot go in their stables without a run of water, I feel very bad for the ponies and it is set to rain again tomorrow, no dry areas around us have any livery free.:( Any suggestions to make the ponies lives easier? Thanks xx
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post #2 of 23 Old 12-25-2015, 07:36 PM
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Tie hay nets to trees or fences outside.

Horses don't give a hoot about rain, as far as I can tell. All the distress is on the part of the owners. Though if a horse is clipped I guess a raincoat is in order.
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post #3 of 23 Old 12-25-2015, 08:31 PM
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You can make it work. Might be a little miserable for you but just do what you need to do to keep them happy. Don't worry about the wet (though long term is not good for their feet but sounds like you are looking for long term options!) as said they are fine. They don't melt.

Agree the clipped one needs to be covered unless it's very warm. Why isn't he?

Just be creative. Merry Christmas!
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post #4 of 23 Old 12-25-2015, 08:46 PM
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When you pull the cord tight on the net, tie a single knot then run it back down inside the net to the bottom, pull tight and tie it again so it forms a ball. If the ground isn't muddy, just toss the nets on the ground in the pasture. The ponies will figure them out. The nets may also become toys. The ponies are pretty waterproof. The surface of the coat gets wet but seldom the skin.

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^I would only do that if the hay nets had very small holes and were in good condition and the ponies were not shod. There must be somewhere they can be hung.

If flooded is there dry ground anywhere?
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post #6 of 23 Old 12-26-2015, 03:11 PM
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I just recently had a flood here. My stalls were flooded, my pasture was flooded...everything was under water.

I second tying the hay nets into the trees or fences off the ground. They'll spread some of it on the floor, but they'll get to eat most of it. Otherwise, not much you can do except hole it stops raining soon. It'll dry up eventually.
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post #7 of 23 Old 12-26-2015, 06:54 PM
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Most land can be graded so runoff goes to a suitable area. That will require heavy equipment & a knowledgeable operator.
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post #8 of 23 Old 12-27-2015, 10:42 AM
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Our BO dumps loads of lime sometimes to give the horses a drier area to stand (or around their water, etc.

I commiserate as it's a muddy wet mess here as well. That being said, our horses, while they CAN get out of the mud and go into their walk-in shelter, they usually do not and stand in the water.
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post #9 of 23 Old 12-29-2015, 03:23 PM
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Flooding in the north of England has been dire. Towns and pastures under feet of water.

Over the last couple of days the flooding has spread and a months worth of rain is expected in those areas over the next 24 hours.
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post #10 of 23 Old 12-29-2015, 06:29 PM
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I would leave them out, or at this point, just leave the barn open , so they can come and go as they please and then you could still hang the hay nets, and get some waders so you can walk into the barn . Hope you dry out soon.
Be sure to get a waterproof blanket on the clipped pony.
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