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OveQuestion about the footing in my barn

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Kay B. Jones,Nova born 2/24
Breeding Stock
Username: Kaybjones

Post Number: 197
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 06:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a center aisle barn. The stalls are clay and sand. The porch and center aisle are concrete. I let my horses and colt roam ALL over my barn, including the center aisle. And they get to turn out at all times into a 2 acre pasture. So they are not standing on concrete for hours at a time. They do choose to congregate in the center often, however. Is the concrete bad for them and colt. Could they founder or hurt their tendons, or whatever. Should I keep them off the concrete with gates, etc.
 

Tracy Smith, Tali due 6/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Tracys

Post Number: 998
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 08:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not at all :-) Some stalls are actually made of concrete floors. Road founder is caused by a horse pounding on a hard surface (like trotting down the street every day) I wouldn't worry about it at all.
 

carissa kuhn
Neonate
Username: Khovergirl

Post Number: 1
Registered: 06-2008
Posted on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 - 01:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i have a yearling colt with contracted tendons in both front legs, anyone know anything to do for him?
 

Samantha
Breeding Stock
Username: Dressage_diva333

Post Number: 220
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 - 04:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kay, I don't see that causing any problems :-) It sounds like a good situation for them, and like Tracy said, road founder is only caused by repeated pounding on a hard surface. The only thing I could see possible posing a problem is if you had a horse that just pawed, and pawed, and pawed on the concrete, that might cause problems in the long run.
 

Catherine Owen
Breeding Stock
Username: Cateowen

Post Number: 349
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 - 05:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kay,
Probably given your situation, I would say no problem.
Stalling on concrete 24/7 is NOT a good option as concrete has no "give" and ultimately leg problems will result, even from stalling on concrete if it is an ongoing thing. Stall mats are an absolute necessity.
We have gone to the Congress and had to stall on pavement and/or concrete before. We always took our own stall mats and bedded HEAVILY with shavings. Like 10 to 12 bales of shavings per stall. Even two weeks or so of standing on concrete can make a horse "leg-weary".
 

Kay B. Jones,Nova born 2/24
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Username: Kaybjones

Post Number: 260
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 - 10:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks, your posts make me feel OK about it.



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