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Horses on concrete
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devon    Posted 02-18-2005 at 12:21:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am buying a farm with a bank barn that was set up for cattle. When you come out of the lower level of the barn (stall area) it is all concrete outside. They would feed the cattle and the cattle would stand on the concrete whenever they were outside. The floor in the barn is dirt. I want to put horse stalls down there in the barn and let the horses go out whenever they want, is it safe for them to be outside on concrete?

Wisereader    Posted 02-18-2005 at 18:03:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll have to take a picture for you, remind me if I forget. We had someone who laid down refurbished coveyeur(sp) belt on the concrete of our horse barn. Works very well. Good traction in winter, clean up is easy, and much better on their tender little hooves. One of our horses has had trouble with a split hoof, but this solution has allowed her to heel (no pun intended).

toolman    Posted 02-18-2005 at 18:24:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup your right belting works very well,if your wonder what it is like for a horse on cement go stand on a sidewalk in town for an afternoon, see how stiff and sore you get , and you have some kind of footware and remember you can go home and lay down , i would not and haven,t used it in any of my horse barn s.i get that belt from the mines it works well.

toolman    Posted 02-18-2005 at 18:24:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

deadcarp    Posted 02-18-2005 at 14:06:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
depends entirely on the finish that concrete has. years ago we just got some mud down for a horse barn & it started raining. turned into a sorta 1/4" ripple finish. when it cleared up i was gonna rent a butterfly & power finish it but the owner loved it as was. he still likes it. if it's a weak enough mix, it can be roughed up with rock salt later. scatter the salt on wet mud, then tarp it overnite. should hose it off. if it needs more, add more. :)

toolman    Posted 02-18-2005 at 12:36:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
i don,t think it ,s great for them, hard on their joints if they have to stand on it for long hour s and can get slippery when wet or icy,depends on where your at and your weather , you can buy rubber matts to put down usually for the stalls, if they are just comming and going they,ll be ok probably and get used to it and watch for themselves, but hey you know horses if they can find something to get into they will lol.

devon    Posted 02-18-2005 at 14:06:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I figured it would be bad for them. I was told by a horse person it would be great. I just couldn't get that. My horses play all the time and i would always worry they would fall. Thanks for the reply

Pict(Mrs. Oslo)    Posted 02-18-2005 at 17:24:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would either take that concrete up or put about six inches of dirt on it and add sawdust.

Cause they goin' to slip and slid and it is hard on their legs and feet.


toolman    Posted 02-18-2005 at 14:11:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
is there another way you could have them come an go into the barn, or you could get a big hoe or even a jackhammer crew in there and maybe remove it, some wouldn,t mind it maybe but i wouldn,t want mine on it all the time , best of luck.

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