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Old 09-14-2009, 01:19 PM   #1
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Pea gravel in stalls?

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to see if anyone was familiar, or had any experience with using pea gravel in stalls. I've heard good things about it, and the benefits it has on barefoot horses, but I've also heard that it was hard to clean up manure in it. Has anyone used it in their stalls?

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Old 09-14-2009, 08:13 PM   #2
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I know a few people who have used it, and the complaint was that it moved around, alot. Every few weeks, they'd have to strip the stalls and level the gravel, and it was even worse if they put down mats on top of it.

It is good for feet - but put it around the watering trough or on your dry lot.

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I've never heard of anyone using it as a base by itself, but I have heard of people putting it under their mats. I don't think it would be a good idea for the stall to only have pea gravel.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:43 PM   #4
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havn't heard about it in stalls, but i heard its great in pens. Bit messier to pick up, but overall benefits better.
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:01 PM   #5
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Having barefoot horses I to have heard it's good for the feet while still be soft enough for them to rest laying down comfortably on.

Our plan is to put it in the barn and pens and use railroad ties to keep it from getting pushed out.

I suppose there are pros and cons with any bedding choice.

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Old 10-02-2009, 08:32 AM   #6
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I use it in the barn lot but would not put it in a stall. It's difficult to keep clean and not as soft to lie in as sawdust or straw. Plus, I would not want to force a horse to stand on it if they had to be stalled for any length of time.

We have a 12x16' area by our hay feeder that we enclosed with railroad ties, lined with ground cloth, and filled with pea gravel. While manure picks out easily, eventually, the dirt, hay, small manure pieces, and leaves pack into it, making it very dirty and turning it into a semisolid mass. If you don't shovel it out, rinse it, and put it back, eventually you have just pebbly ground.
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