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Mike
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:39 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi everyone, I am getting my first Shire (Only been waiting 30yrs!) in the next couple of weeks, and can't decide what to put as a floor in the tie up / loose area outside the stable.
The area is fenced, has drainage and stone down, it's the top layer I'm stuck on.
Concrete is the obvious choice for practicality, but cost and the current weather is prohibitive.
Other options are arena sand, rubber chip, rubber mats, bark or M O T stone.
Is sand bad for feet? We used to turn horses out into a sand arena if the weather was bad but not for a long time. Obviously they needed washing off afterwards.
Any advice greatly accepted!
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Tracey
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:20 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hello and welcome Very Happy

I was told that sand can be good for horses feet Very Happy

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Mike
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:38 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I'm sure it is Tracy, just not sure how long they should be stood on it.
Cheers Smile
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Holdfast
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:04 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi Mike, thanks for joining.
I couldn't say for sure what would be best without having a look at the area, but based on experience, these are my thoughts;
I would never put down any form of stone or grit, because it wears hooves, and works into the white line and can cause abcesses in the feet.
The exception would be pea shingle which is round, and can go on walkways rather than on a standing for long periods.
Sand, can be ok, a lot of people turnout in sand schools, but watch it isn't that bright yellow sand, or you will have yellow feathering to deal with.
My self, I am inclined to bark chippings, straw etc, any organic material. Because it would be easy rake up and put on the heap to rot away if it got grotty. Then put down fresh stuff. Also it will be springy but supportive for the horse.
But it all boils down to personal choice and what works for you Smile
By the way, I wouldn't leave a horse tied up for long periods, or unattended Smile
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