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post #21 of 38 Old 01-15-2017, 09:34 PM
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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.

https://youtu.be/7Pl1KvezBlc

She's smart!!!
My mare was like that on ice too. I panicked a little [ok, actually, I panicked a lot] the first time we had an ice storm after she came home [we have pretty regular ice storms over here]. She was blind and 28, I could see a lot of things going wrong. I stalled her overnight and handwalked her out of her stall in the morning, convinced she wasn't gonna be smart about it.
The joke was on me! I let her go and she went around daintily picking her way through the ice. The difference between our reactions was laughable! haha



My gelding on the other hand, he's ridiculous. His first time on ice with me entailed him basically sliding his way down a hill, sitting on his butt like a dog, scrabbling for a hoof-hold. Luckily he made it into his stall, and that's where I made sure he stayed until the ice was gone [luckily it was only a day or two, our ice doesn't usually last long].
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Oh that looks so miserable :( I truly despise ice.
It is miserable. Has me wishing for a good snowfall - and I'm not exactly in love with the white stuff either, but it's better than this :( .
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She's smart!!!
My mare was like that on ice too. I panicked a little [ok, actually, I panicked a lot] the first time we had an ice storm after she came home [we have pretty regular ice storms over here]. She was blind and 28, I could see a lot of things going wrong. I stalled her overnight and handwalked her out of her stall in the morning, convinced she wasn't gonna be smart about it.
The joke was on me! I let her go and she went around daintily picking her way through the ice. The difference between our reactions was laughable! haha

https://youtu.be/WmNf3KgD1x8


My gelding on the other hand, he's ridiculous. His first time on ice with me entailed him basically sliding his way down a hill, sitting on his butt like a dog, scrabbling for a hoof-hold. Luckily he made it into his stall, and that's where I made sure he stayed until the ice was gone [luckily it was only a day or two, our ice doesn't usually last long].
Lacey is so sensible! Geldings though, what goofs. The only thing that saves Harley is that he hates the cold and will only leave his stall when it's warm. Poor guy should be living in a hot, sunny climate.
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I guess I am in Alberta, everyone heats their shops and barns with coal here. Wood ash would probably work well too.
Really!
Not in our area. We are wood burning fools, and use natural gas to heat shops.
If horses are on full time turn out, they become quite good at handling ice, and don't do that bucking and running around, as horses that are stalled, will, when turned out
Used shavings ashes, sand, all work well, at high traffic areas.
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Really!
Not in our area. We are wood burning fools, and use natural gas to heat shops.
If horses are on full time turn out, they become quite good at handling ice, and don't do that bucking and running around, as horses that are stalled, will, when turned out
Used shavings ashes, sand, all work well, at high traffic areas.
This is true. Our horses don't run around this time of year. At all. They just kind of mosey from one feeding station to another, to water buckets in stalls, then back to feeding stations. The only time I saw them act up is after we got a lot of snow on the ground and the really couldn't go anywhere. After a few days of snow, hubby cleared the paddock while they waited in their stalls. When I let them out, they were so excited to have room to run again, they kicked up their heels briefly. Sometimes I'd like to see them running around having fun in the snow, but right now, I'm grateful they don't feel like it.
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We had an ice storm last night. My horses are all doing the shuffle step this morning. We also get the packed snow ice mountains (not this year no snow!) and we let the horses take care of themselves. I do not put bedding down because bedding is meant to absorb moisture. Over time enough bedding down creates moisture soaking areas that become mud pits in the sping! We keep our horses in the small runs and give them plenty of hay so there are no shenanigans.
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We had an ice storm last night. My horses are all doing the shuffle step this morning. We also get the packed snow ice mountains (not this year no snow!) and we let the horses take care of themselves. I do not put bedding down because bedding is meant to absorb moisture. Over time enough bedding down creates moisture soaking areas that become mud pits in the sping! We keep our horses in the small runs and give them plenty of hay so there are no shenanigans.
Ice sucks.

And if you look at the pictures, you'll see we hardly used any bedding at all. Because it's pelleted, it breaks down very quickly. You only need a fine dusting to provide traction. We'll see what the spring brings, but I'm thinking the bedding will be the least of my worries... though I do have excellent drainage and the hill that leads to their stalls is always dry. As soon as all the snow is gone, I'll start getting an area of my pasture ready for a sacrifice area and rope off some areas of their paddock.

I hear our February is going to be very snowy... better than ice, but the tradeoff is that in the spring, it will create a lot of water. I just want to hide under the covers until April. Maybe even May.
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May I ask you why you're worried about your horses licking salt? From what you say at least one of them needs it (since she licks it like crazy when available), so why should that be an issue? Horses should have salt available at all times.

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May I ask you why you're worried about your horses licking salt? From what you say at least one of them needs it (since she licks it like crazy when available), so why should that be an issue? Horses should have salt available at all times.
They can lick all the salt they want, but not road salt! The stuff we use to salt our roads and driveways is not what I'd consider part of a healthy diet. Using table salt to melt ice on a 120 x 80 foot surface is not exactly cost-effective. And finally, because salt will kill any remaining grass under the ice. While I don't expect to have a significant amount of grass growing in the paddock, I'd rather maintain a root system to prevent erosion.

They get himalayan salt in blocks in their stalls (mostly for boredom) and loose equine salt in a pan outside (Redmond Equine | Natural horse minerals for better equine health ? Nature has it right?).
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My BO ususally leaves the horses inside if it's too bad. However, she doesn't usually want to leave them in their stalls any longer than 2 days.

She has been known to throw down some of that pellet bedding and drive her tractor around to stir up the soil but if another deep freeze occurs it just ends up freezing the tire treds and making everything unlevel and slippery. So, it can honestly be a catch-22.

At least your horses are taking it slow! Don't need anyone gallavanting around in those kind of conditions.
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