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post #1 of 27 Old 01-08-2015, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Ice storm on its way! What do I do?

We are predicted to get freezing rain/ice this weekend. It has been 20 years since I owned my last horse and had it at home and when I owned my last horse I didn't live in an area that got this kind of weather!

What should you do if anything? Our two horses live in a shed row style barn that have two stalls that open into a dry lot. The ground around the face of the barn is crushed limestone. Do I need to be concerned with them slipping and hurting themselves? I have a young horse that hates being stalled for long periods.

Can you put down salt? or does it potentially hurt their feet? Can you put down sand for grip over any ice that may form on the ground? Just not quiet sure what people in the north do in this sort of situation.

Thank you for your help!
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post #2 of 27 Old 01-08-2015, 08:31 PM
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Wait and see. Barefoot is best and I would do sawdust or a bit of sand if needed.
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post #3 of 27 Old 01-08-2015, 08:43 PM
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We use sand mixed with a bit of salt if we really need to. The salt isn't great for their hooves but, no turnout is not good for them either so, you need to weigh the pros and cons, I think.

We try to rough up the ground with the tractor so that when the whole thing does freeze, at least there is some traction - then we put the sand down. That combo does help but, I'm still wanting Spring to come now!
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Mine have the freedom to come and go from the barn and when footing is bad they tend to keep themselves in. We will use a shovel and break up the ice on the path to their water tank so that they won't want to avoid trips for a drink but we don't worry too much about the rest of the outdoor area.
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post #5 of 27 Old 01-09-2015, 12:28 AM
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Agree, wait and see. They will probably be fine.

Manure gives good grip too and is cheaper :)

I usually use sand. They're almost always fine unless it's really bad.
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post #6 of 27 Old 01-09-2015, 12:47 AM
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I have use manure for bad areas
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post #7 of 27 Old 01-09-2015, 01:28 AM
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My dad puts down cheap cat litter. It helps prevent ice and gives you traction on top of it
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post #8 of 27 Old 01-09-2015, 02:55 AM
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Salt will not harm them at all.

When freezing weather stopped the racehorses work g due to the all weather being frozen, tons of salt was put on it.
We rode a lot on the beach in the winter, never ant hoof problems.
Camargue horses live on the salt flats.
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post #9 of 27 Old 01-09-2015, 03:58 AM
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I've used a lot of salt without problems.
Wet shavings from stalls works well for grip as they stick to the ice if they are still wet when you put them down.
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post #10 of 27 Old 01-09-2015, 05:43 AM
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I agree to wait and see. Ours are out 24x7 with a shelter and they have more problem walking on those deep, frozen hoof prints than they do on icy areas.

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