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Hooves and slick concrete
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Tom A    Posted 06-28-2002 at 10:48:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My old barn has a 'porch' and milking parlor that are both smooth concrete with a very slight slope. I didn't even notice it, and we never had problems with the goats and sheep. But my mule is having problems on it when it gets wet and I'm getting a little worried. I don't want her to get injured.

I think I remember when I moved in that the previous owner had a bag of some kind of "no-slip" stuff for his horses that he spread around, I guess really just when it rained or snowed but I didn't pay much attention 'cuz I didn't think I would ever need it.

Any suggestions? Any good way to rough up the concrete, or something I can spread?


LH    Posted 06-28-2002 at 18:31:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Another option is to put a set of good road shoes on your mule. They're specialized shoes with either borium, or drill teck added to spots on the bottom of the shoe to prevent slipping on slick surfaces.

screaminghollow    Posted 06-28-2002 at 18:09:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
arounf her there is a guy who advertises himself as the "scabbler" he goes around with a machine that roughens the surface of smooth conctrete. I don't know how it works. Also, muriatic acid applied CAREFULLY in lines may work. I suppose your local concrete or readymix supplier might have some ideas.

Larry    Posted 06-28-2002 at 15:08:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]

You might want to try barn lime. Around here we use crushed lime stone on the barn floors to keep animals from slipping and falling. You should be able to get it from the feed store.

Katrina    Posted 06-28-2002 at 11:27:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm not sure how this works on concrete but I know in the winter we sprinkle ashes on the ice and it sure makes good traction for our horses near the water tank. Worth a try. Good luck.

Burrhead    Posted 06-28-2002 at 13:13:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I always bolt cow wire panels or hog wire down to the concrete when the hosses or cattle are kept around concrete.

If a large animal don't break a leg they will dislocate a hip or knee joint slippin on concrete.

Norbert    Posted 06-28-2002 at 14:25:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, we use them like that around here, too. Works good on the wood floor in a stock trailer, too.

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