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post #11 of 27 Old 01-09-2015, 08:55 AM
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We had wet weather then freezing so I spent one morning spreading manure trails around so the horses could come and go easily.
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post #12 of 27 Old 01-09-2015, 01:28 PM
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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.
I've noticed the opposites. Rough ground gives them grip as opposed to "skating rink" ground.

The horses VERY carefully slipping and sliding crossed a patch. We told the Icelandic "show them how it's done" and she backed up and SPRINTED across as we peeked through our fingers. Was not expecting that, but she didn't slip once. They do race them on ice so I guess she really was showing them how it's done. XD
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post #13 of 27 Old 01-10-2015, 03:53 AM
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Manure gives good grip too and is cheaper :)
That would stink out the barn.

My instructor puts sand from the arena on the yard. Luckily our arenas have special gripping so they can take it from there. It is effective. The horses at the yard stay out all the time, unless it is very bad weather or they are being ridden for a lesson/hack that day, and if it's cold they just have a NZ rug on. During a HUGE thunderstorm (lighting thunder hale and rain), I went to catch Beano to put him in the stable as he is terrified of storms, and all of the horses were just grazing as if nothing was going on around them. Of course my instructor came and put on an extra rug and a neck cover to keep them warmer and drier.

That shows horses can handle bad weather. If you let them go in and out as they please with a couple of rugs on (maybe the stable rug and then the NZ rug + neck cover) with perhaps some polo boots and/or bell boots to avoid injury if they slip, they would probably go out when they feel it's safe enough and go out when they feel cold or unsafe. Make sure to supply them with water and good, quality hay. Maybe put a football in the trough to keep it from freezing over so they have complete access to drink whenever they please


:) I don't know much so forgive me if I'm wrong.
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post #14 of 27 Old 01-10-2015, 08:01 AM
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Salt ruins the ground. I spread a little composted manure over the ice. It does a really good job.
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post #15 of 27 Old 01-10-2015, 08:21 AM
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salt will burn the grass. They sell magnesium chloride for use around planted walkways.

A one shot deal with some sand and salt won't hurt much and will wash away with the next rain.

Wood ashes give some traction, the old bedding from the barn, sand, manure...
Dark colored whatever will heat up from the sun and melt things.



My life is one big ice storm from the end of November until the end of April.
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post #16 of 27 Old 01-10-2015, 08:57 AM
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That would stink out the barn.
How so, since it would be spread outside? And isn't it the same stuff the horses are depositing INSIDE the barn?
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post #17 of 27 Old 01-10-2015, 09:05 AM
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If you have to spread manure for traction often it does make for some amazing loam in those spots. Unfortunately that amazing top soil also holds water well.
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post #18 of 27 Old 01-10-2015, 01:46 PM
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I use shavings. I worried about the horses licking up any salt, but since I've never used any, I don't know if they would. Once during an ice storm my sister's mare turned up quite lame... it turned out to be a stone bruise, but the vet said he had seen three fractured pelvises during that storm.
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post #19 of 27 Old 01-10-2015, 01:56 PM
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My grounds been frozen solid for some time now then gets a thin layer of snow on top that turns to ice. The horses soon learn how to take it steady on it.
Barefoot they cope well, if your horse is shod then have special studs put in the shoes to help them 'grip'
If you're really worried then use some sand or de-icer salt - be sure to get the 'pet safe' stuff if you have cats or dogs
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post #20 of 27 Old 01-10-2015, 02:11 PM
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I'm assuming this is the ice storm crossing TX right now. It will be gone in a day or two.
Unlike here where I will have snow and ice until the end of April.
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