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post #11 of 38 Old 01-14-2017, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Do you burn coal for heating, or know anyone who'd give you the ash? Makes for good traction, then it will fertilize come spring.
We burn wood as do most people. Some use wood pellets, but no one uses coal.
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Can you get a vehicle in there and use that weight to break some of the ice up?

We take the tracked skid loader into the paddocks and drive around to break up ice when we get it here (which is thankfully rarely). That doesn't help much if the layer is right on the ground, but helps a lot if the ice is on top of some snow.
There's probably nearly a foot of ice on the ground. Even our big tractor would have no effect. So far, anytime we've gotten rain or freezing rain, it was preceded by snow so it just formed a crust which I could easily break up with my pasture drag. This time though, it just rained for two days on top of the packed snow, which turned to slush and then ice.

Going to add sand and ashes today.

Yogiwick - yes, some days they just have to stay in I guess. I'd consider roping off some areas, but how the heck can I use step-in posts over a foot of solid ice?
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When its too bad I keep them in and lunge them, just at the walk on the patch of drive in front of my barn where the snowplow clears it and we put pet safe snow melt on it. If I can't walk safely on the ground without snowtrax on my boots then the horses can't. Mine are all in separate paddock right now because its the only way they'll all eat their hay in peace. I took a risk a few days back thinking they'd be sensible on the ice but Jazzy tried to run across hers and when she reached the fence tried to stop and slid right under it - fortunately we use tape to divide the paddocks up and the electric wasn't working so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.
If your horses stand in one spot you can use sand and ashes around there to help.
When we used to ride on icy ground we had our horses shod with snow pads and frost nails - they work but you then have to be careful that they don't strike themselves because the nails can cause some nasty injuries
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We burn wood as do most people. Some use wood pellets, but no one uses coal.
I guess I am in Alberta, everyone heats their shops and barns with coal here. Wood ash would probably work well too.
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When its too bad I keep them in and lunge them, just at the walk on the patch of drive in front of my barn where the snowplow clears it and we put pet safe snow melt on it. If I can't walk safely on the ground without snowtrax on my boots then the horses can't. Mine are all in separate paddock right now because its the only way they'll all eat their hay in peace. I took a risk a few days back thinking they'd be sensible on the ice but Jazzy tried to run across hers and when she reached the fence tried to stop and slid right under it - fortunately we use tape to divide the paddocks up and the electric wasn't working so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.
If your horses stand in one spot you can use sand and ashes around there to help.
When we used to ride on icy ground we had our horses shod with snow pads and frost nails - they work but you then have to be careful that they don't strike themselves because the nails can cause some nasty injuries
Lunging in the drive that goes to the barn is not an option. My daughter is literally skating on it. In fact, she can currently skate from the house to the barn and up the drive right up to the road. The paddock is a piece of cake in comparison.

We do have a pretty large area covered with ash, sand and bedding. Bedding has turned out to provide the best traction by far though. It sticks to the ice because it has some moisture in it. The horses are just sticking to that area which is where I feed them anyway and have no desire to act up.
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Our town does the free sand pile thing too. I looked into it a few years ago but don't use it around my animals (dogs, chickens) because it does include salt and something that was petroleum based, I can't remember what. Nothing o wanted the chickens eating.
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The sand was a fail. There were so many people there, hubby could only get a tiny bit. Not even worth spreading it. So we are continuing to use the used pellet bedding, which provides excellent traction. Every day, when I clean out their stalls, I use some of the soiled bedding minus the manure. It really sticks to the ice. We've been able to cover a small area where they tend to feed and hang out.

A few pics for your entertainment. Our driveway (note, there is nothing for traction for us humans - it's all going to the horses!), my daughter skating on the barn drive (when life hands you lemons...), and the paddock. Sorry, I can't figure out how to put text between photos.
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And a video of Kodak ever so carefully making her way down to the hay net on the tree in the middle of the paddock. This is the fastest they'll walk right now and Harley tends to just stay close to the barn (there is another feeding station in front of the stalls). They're not getting much exercise, but I'd rather have them a little unfit than at risk of slipping and falling.

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That's a lot of ice!

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Oh that looks so miserable :( I truly despise ice.
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