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Any horse people out there?
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Arasay    Posted 07-31-2003 at 10:53:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi, We want to convert our pole barn for horses. We have about 6-8" of gravel on the floor with heavy clay soil beneath. What should we do to the floor before we build the stalls? Is it expected that urine will drain down into the ground through the stall flooring or what are the mechanics of that? If we put clay on top of the gravel, we will be above ground level inside the barn - ??? Would we have to remove all gravel so we end up with floor material not built up inside barn ??? Thanks for any input, never been down this road before.

lewis magnuson    Posted 09-30-2004 at 20:17:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
my advise would be either remove the gravl or put something over it ,because gravel is not good for the horses feet,there is plenty truble with horses hooves with out puting grave under their feet. hope this helps your concernes.

Be Phlatt    Posted 07-31-2003 at 12:58:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can place either limestone dust or a mixture of 2/3 clay 1/3 sand (5 inches well tamped and level)over the existing gravel you have and have an excellent floor. Place a good bedding (straw etc.)over this for the horses comfort..if you practice good stall hygiene you shouldn't have any problems. I used the clay /sand mix (make sure both are well mixed together)over gravel without problems.....Phlatt

Paula    Posted 07-31-2003 at 11:59:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The barn where I ride has few stalls (all the horses are
outside), but the stalls they have are dirt, stonedust and
rubber matting. I think the gravel would work fine under
the rubber mats in your barn too. Clay pits and craters
under constant urine, gravel is hard on their feet,
concrete gets slippery when wet.


toolman    Posted 07-31-2003 at 11:01:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
not sure gravel would be all that good for a floor for them to stand on all the time, and you want the inside higher than the outside so rain and other run off water doesn,t flood into your barn.

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