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Posted in Behavior, Books, DVDs, Facilities, Grooming, Hoof Care, Management, Tack, Training, Veterinary Care, tagged cherry hill, equine, health care, horse, horseback riding, horsekeeping, riding, training on October 8, 2012| 2 Comments »
Posted in Books, DVDs, Facilities, Horse Housing, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, Moisture Control, Pen or Run, Your Horse Barn, Your Horse Barn DVD, tagged cherry hill, decomposed granite, equine, granite crusher fines, horse care, horse pen, horse pen footing, horsekeeping, management, pea gravel, sanitation on January 6, 2012| 2 Comments »
I recently put up a 36 x36 pen and shelter for my horse. I live here in Golden Colorado where the soil is VERY much Clay. We had a several inches of rain this past week, which is a considerable amount for our parts. The pen got very muddy. I spent several hours today mucking it and now doing research on what I should do for a better fix. I saw your article on 3/8 minus pea gravel. A couple of questions:
1. Some horse friends of mine suggest I use Granite Crusher Fines to aide in the drainage. Is this suitable?
2. Whether I use Pea Gravel or Granite Crusher Fines, what is the recommended depth of the material I should go with? 2, 3 or 4 inches?
BTW: I’m also going to install a french drainage system as well.
The French Drain is a good idea. Sloping the pens slightly away from the barn is helpful to manage drainage too.
I’m not personally familiar with Granite Crusher Fines but think they might be something like decomposed granite which we use here in northern Colorado.
We use decomposed granite under our stall mats and also under the 3/8- pea gravel in turnout pens.
So my answer would be yes and yes ! A tamped crushed granite base with 2-3 inches of 3/8- pea gravel on top.
Please feel free to post your results here. Thanks ! Cherry Hill
To read more about French Drains, pen footing and much more, refer to these books and DVD.
And the view out our front door is this……….
Posted in 101 Horsekeeping Tips, Barn, Facilities, Flooring, Horsekeeping Almanac, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, Management, Pen or Run, Stall Mats, Your Horse Barn, tagged concrete pad, equine, horse barn, horse flooring, horse loafing area, horsekeeping, management, stable on October 11, 2011| Leave a Comment »
We moved with our ponies onto a five acre hobby farm which was previously a dairy operation. There is a large cement yard around the barns causing a lot of wasted space. It would be a perfect winter/sacrifice area for spring though, the barn shelters the north and west sides. I was wondering if there would be anyway to cover this? A base layer of gravel with sand on top? How deep? Ripping it out is not an option, and I don’t like the idea of horses on concrete. Wondering if you have any suggestions? Thanks,
Well of course I have to go on the record that my suggestion would be removing the concrete but I realize the effort, expense it would take and that you said removal is not an option.
By the way, what you have are concrete pads, not cement. Concrete is comprised of cement (a fine powder), aggregate (sand, stones) and water. It is sometimes reinforced with steel mesh or bars (rebar). When concrete is poured it is agitated and worked so the large pieces of aggregate settle somewhat leaving a sand/cement mixture on top to form a smooth surface. Concrete is one of man’s most durable building materials and it can be a major undertaking to remove it, especially if it is reinforced with steel.
So here are some other things you probably have already considered or have even done by now.
Using the concrete as is for eating areas would be OK, but if the ponies would also be required to use them as loafing areas, standing for long periods of time and/or laying down or rolling, then concrete pads would not be good for the long term for obvious reasons of abrasion and discomfort. However, concrete covered with rubber mats might make a super nice feeding area which would be more comfortable than bare concrete and easy to keep sanitary (as long as the ponies don’t urinate there).
If the areas will be used for loafing, then covering the concrete pads with rubber mats or rolled rubber flooring could work. Another option would be covering the concrete with road base, which is a mixture of gravel and dirt and then a layer of a well-draining fine gravel such as decomposed granite (which is what I would use here in the western US) could work. Note that if your ponies use the area as a toilet (which they most likely will do) then you will have to diligently manage moisture, odor and sanitation. With a situation like this, whether it is in stalls or outdoor pads, you should plan on an annual overhaul. Perhaps this is something you can do if you only use it seasonally.
You asked about gravel and sand. Gravel on concrete could be like walking on ball bearings and would be tough on hooves and not much more comfortable than plain concrete. It would allow somewhat for drainage of urine, especially if the pads are sloped away from the barn which I imagine they are.
Sand is also a risky choice if the area would be a place you would feed the ponies as sand colic would be a problem if they ingested sand with any hay that fell out of their feeders, for example.
No easy answer. Please reply to this blog and let us know what you have done or are planning to try.
Posted in 101 Horsekeeping Tips, Barn, DVDs, Equipment, Fire Extinguishers, Horse Movies, Safety, Your Horse Barn, tagged equine, fire extinguisher, fire safety, horse, horse barn, horsekeeping, management, safety on July 19, 2011| Leave a Comment »
We did a fire extinguisher inventory this week on our home, offices, barn and all ranch outbuildings and replaced or recharged 4 units.
This should be an annual event, so here’s a reminder for you to put it on one of your TO-DO lists.
Posted in Barn, Ceiling, Facilities, Horse Housing, Your Horse Barn DVD, tagged barn, barn ceiling, barn ventilation, horse barn, horsekeeping, management, sanitation, stable, ventilation on June 16, 2011| Leave a Comment »
Our barn needs a new ceiling. It’s currently very old foamboard which is covered in mildew and mold. We need a material that will breathe and will be light reflective. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated by us and the horses. Thank you! Sherri
I don’t know of a material for your application that would be both breathable and light reflective. I would suggest a polyiso material with white reflective surface for the ceiling surface. To dissipate the moisture produced by keeping horses in the barn you’ll need to install a sufficient number and size of vents in the walls, ceiling and roof.
Polyiso is made of a polyisocyanurate foam core faced with 1.25 mil embossed white acrylic-coated aluminum on one side and 1 mil smooth aluminum on the other. It is installed with the embossed white surface facing into the barn.
Posted in Arena, Barn, Books, Facilities, Fencing, Fly Control, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, Management, Pasture, Pen or Run, Sanitation, tagged cherry hill, equine, horse, horse care, horsekeeping, management, stable on June 10, 2011| Leave a Comment »
I am hoping to connect with Cherry Hill about the definition of the basic keeping of horses. I live in Massachusetts and recently purchased a 12+ acre parcel for the purpose of building a barn and both indoor and outdoor riding rings. We are living on the property. I have obtained my Animal Keeping Permit and Building Permit from the Town.
One of the abutters in not pleased with the prospect of my project and is objecting through various means. I am trying to connect with experts in the care and keeping of horses to help confirm that horses are “kept” in stables/barns and paddocks (turnout) and the indoor riding ring is not where horses are “kept”.
I greatly appreciate your time and consideration.
The definition of horsekeeping, I’m afraid, has about as many definitions as there are horsekeepers ! It can range from a bare bones dirt lot to deluxe accommodations and hand-on care. Sadly some poor horsekeeers do make a bad impression on non-horse people and it is no wonder why problems arise.
Responsible, conscientous, mindful horsekeeping does indeed include barns, pens, paddocks, turnout areas and daily care. However, many times when time and money constraints arise, horsekeepers cut corners and those shortcuts can result in unsightly changes to the property and possible sanitation and health issues for neighbors.
In terms of a legal definition, I’ve been contacted over the years by various townships, cities, and counties as they try to establish legal parameters for keeping horses. Number of horses per acre, types of fencing, the distance buildings and horses must be from adjacent properties, fugitive dust that is churned up in paddocks and outdoor arenas and much much more.
Each locale has its own laws and wording so it would be best for you to work your appeal within the wording of your specific laws. Stating things appropriately for Larimer County Colorado for example might be inappropriate for your location and might cause an unintended issue to arise.
If you care to write more specifics, please feel free. In the meantime, be sure to use my book Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage as a reference guide. And browse the articles on my website horsekeeping.com
Best of luck,