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post #21 of 27 Old 01-10-2015, 11:29 PM
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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.
No it won't.

Only fresh manure (or LARGE amounts) smell strongly.

If you need it for grip you'll be using it outside.

If there's ice on the ground it's below freezing and you won't be smelling much at all.

It depends on the weather. I'm guessing it doesn't get that cold where you are.

As I said I prefer not to use it since it just seems icky to me lol. You put in all this effort to get the manure OFF the ground then just re-add it. As said it messes with the footing (post melt) as well.

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post #22 of 27 Old 01-11-2015, 12:52 AM
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As long as they have plenty of hay and shelter if they want to go in,they'll be fine. If they are out it tends to keep the footing from getting to slippery. Manure works wonders for making path if icey and slick.

I'v also have used wood ashes to make paths to water tank,that also works well.Did the wood ashes here a few weeks ago when what little snow we had melted and turned to solid ice,corrals were ice skating rinks. Brought horses in barn till i could make paths for them to safely walk in corrals.
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post #23 of 27 Old 01-11-2015, 06:21 AM
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General ice storm/sleet things to keep in mind..

- If you have areas with electric rope fencing, the ice will cause the rope to sag A LOT. Heavy icing can also sag wire fencing depending on the tension in the wire.
- Check for fallen tree limbs and trees. Hard woods tend to lose big limbs, pine trees tend to completely topple over.
- Because of fallen limbs and trees, power outages are common. Be prepared for not having electric for fencing, heating, water pumps, etc.
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post #24 of 27 Old 01-11-2015, 07:14 AM
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Were watching the weather closely right now and today I am going to get the stalls ready for the horses and put them in late tonight. My 4 horses don't care to be in at all but for a day or two they are alright, we give them plenty of hay, fresh water that we check every 6hrs or so and the occasional treat too.

Rather safe than sorry, have seen horses go down in slick weather when they loose their footing, then working for an equine vet and she telling me the calls she went on for horses who did fall and break a leg, not going to chance it.

As a side note, not sure of anyone else but I personally am very sick and tired of the rain/ice/sleet combination for winter....give me snow, then spring and move on...here in VA we get enough rain come spring, don't want it all winter!!
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As long as they have plenty of hay and shelter if they want to go in,they'll be fine. If they are out it tends to keep the footing from getting to slippery. Manure works wonders for making path if icey and slick.

I'v also have used wood ashes to make paths to water tank,that also works well.Did the wood ashes here a few weeks ago when what little snow we had melted and turned to solid ice,corrals were ice skating rinks. Brought horses in barn till i could make paths for them to safely walk in corrals.
I'm curious about how to use wood ashes to make paths for the horses? How does it work to make a path or add traction? Do they have to be still hot? We heat our house solely with wood, so we have plenty of ashes and there is an ice storm on the way here too! We have a barn, but no stalls yet. So there's no way to confine my horses but they do have a shelter they can get in if they want to.



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Wood ashes work well in certain situations:
1. if still warm, they will help to create texture on the ice immediately! I will use warm ashes instead of sand or salt if I need it fixed right away.
2. if not warm, they will help as long as it's not REALLY cold (like about -30*C). If it's that cold, they tend to just sit on the surface, but they still help a bit.
3. If you have a tiny bit of coal (warm or cold), it's better for texture than just dust.

Just sprinkle them out over the offending area. When I dump our ashes out, I usually go looking for an area that is slippery to put them. Since they are going outside anyway, I figure they may as well be useful.

Keep in mind that ashes track everywhere, so don't put them right outside an entrance way to a building you want to keep clean. If you put them on your front steps, for example, you will have a mess in your house in no time flat.
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post #27 of 27 Old 01-11-2015, 03:51 PM
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If the weather was going to be freezing for any length of time then using manure isn't going to help at all - the moisture in it freezes and you just end up with it sliding around all over the place if you put it on top of ground that's already frozen
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