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Hello, my name is Katie, and I'm a gravel addict

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  • Hello, my name is Katie, and I'm a gravel addict

    It all started innocently 10 years ago. I got 10 yards of baserock delivered when I first bought my farm. That led to having a transfer-load of gravel, and from there dozens of truckloads for a barn, all-weather arena and paddocks.

    Over the years I've figured out ways to keep up my gravel-buying habit. I pay transfer drivers in cash for a better discount. I barter with a neighbor who owns an end-dump.

    Yesterday, I hit bottom. I ordered two transfers of Drain Rock for my driveway. As I spread it over my mucky parking area with the tractor, I got the biggest rush of pleasure. I told the driver to return for yet another transfer of drain rock, three loads in all! But it still wasn't enough, so I sent him back to the quarry for a fourth and final load of base rock to top off my paddocks. The bill: $1900. The feeling: Priceless.

    Tonight, my husband came home, gazed at the thickly-graveled parking area and sighed. He said softly, "Oh, it's so....wonderful...!" I am afraid he has become an enabler.

    Everything is now covered in beautiful drain rock and I am no longer slopping around. However, I believe I might have to surrender to a higher power here, because I LOVE BUYING GRAVEL. Anyone else?

    Sign me,
    Hopelessly Hooked on Large Loads of Gravel in Muddy California

  • #2
    Oh, a fellow addict! I get absolutely giddy when I know the big, shiny dump truck is heading my way...I have been known to squeal and jump up and down...in front of the driver of the shiny truck. Mr. CC finds this terribly embarrassing and often apologizes while I'm writing the check, giggling and doing a little dance of joy.

    I, too, gaze out upon my mud free paddock and plot where the next load can fit. I have a tiny pile of 3/4 minus left...biding its time...because the path to the barn is developing a mud puddle and it will be filled this weekend! Oh Mr. Tractor? Get ready to rumble!
    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


    • #3
      Haha! This made me chuckle...Last year they were tar and graveling my road (I live in BFE, and they DO NOT believe in asphalt) and my dog started losing her mind, so I went out in my pjs to investigate(I work 3rd shift and keep a vampire schedule). Lo and behold, the excess truck load that they had left over from doing my road was being professionally spread all down my driveway...for FREE! I was so excited I went and hugged the crew. I feel your pain!


      • #4
        I recently rewarded my husband in unspeakable ways for the 60+ yards of 5/8 minus that he spread in the sacrifice paddock to eliminate the muddy section and refresh the rest. I was so excited that I told everyone at work (only farm/horse girl there). I love gravel too, it's my shameful secret.


        • #5

          You are not alone!

          Except you have the budget to indulge!

          Oh how in muddy days of fall and spring, I dream of seeing only gravel... E.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.
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          • #6
            Lol! I love my 3/8 trap rock deliveries. Fresh gravel makes everything look so nice. When I'm spreading it with the front end loader I feel like I missed my calling as a pro operator! Is it wrong that moving big piles of stuff with a bucket can make a girl so happy?


            • #7
              I'd rather have a dump truck full of bluestone than a dumptruck full of diamonds!


              • #8
                Totally makes me chuckle. I always hold up my ringless hands and say don't buy me any jewelry, just buy me a truck. (I have never worn a wedding ring either, rings bother me, don't need one to say No)

                Our driveway gravel had worn down, the surface was wet and muddy. All those paw and footprints into the house. So the big slurge this year was the gravel, so thick and thirsty too!! Dry all the way to the house!

                And two loads of sand in the outdoor arena, it's been 15?yrs and it finally went dead.

                And gramps just added new stone to the outside wash rack area. Heaven! I stand there and it looks so clean and functional.

                Now how do you include this in a Christmas letter to family? The highlights of the year!
                Don't let anyone tell you that your ideas or dreams are foolish. There is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.


                • #9
                  Watching a new load of gravel being delivered is right up there with a new load of shavings!Both mean work,but great end results.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ytr45 View Post
                    I'd rather have a dump truck full of bluestone than a dumptruck full of diamonds!

                    Me too!

                    And I also like river sand. It's a nice coarse sand that works great in and around the run in sheds. It's easy to clean up the poop piles because the sand easily falls through the fork leaving just poop.
                    It's got a few stones in it but they are nice and round, don't bother the horses but I do toss them to one side when they work their way up through the sand.
                    Save lives! Adopt a pet from your local shelter.


                    • #11
                      I love it when you can hear the gravel crunching underfoot!

                      The thought just sent a shiver up my spine!!! And sent me running to look at gravel websites!

                      I reject your reality, and substitute my own- Adam Savage

                      R.I.P Ron Smith, you'll be greatly missed


                      • #12
                        We too are waiting on some driveway base material, as soon as he can get the belly dump trucks loose from a big job.
                        Can't hardly wait, as we reworked some cattleguards and need to add to the approaches to them on both sides.
                        Deer were suprevising a few hundred feet from us, of course:



                        Don't dispair, you never get thru needing a little bit more gravel here and there.


                        • #13
                          Count me in. Asphalt might be nice on the drveway but gravel and stone dust around the animals - perfect.
                          Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
                          Incredible Invisible


                          • #14
                            My name is 2Dogs and I am a gravel-aholic

                            Three years ago I had some gravel laid in my paddocks and the excavator asked if I wanted the excess from the last load.

                            DID I???!!!!!!!!

                            I still have some of that lovely pile left.
                            Every time I pass it I plan for using some more.
                            It makes me smile even if I feel a little like Gollum in LOTR:
                            My Precious!

                            If only I had a tractor.
                            I have to shift the stuff by wheelbarrow or bucketful.
                            *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                            Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                            Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                            Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                            • #15
                              I love gravel too but not sure exactly how and where to apply it. Plus that whole $ issue...

                              Could you all with your lovely gravel post photos for us to lush over?

                              Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!


                              • #16
                                Yes! I am a gravel addict too!

                                We got a large load of crushed limestone dust for a small paddock for my horse who is on stall rest for a year, and I can't even describe how happy it made me! I've already got plans for several more triple axle deliveries next year for other high traffic areas.... I hate mud! I would love to do a 30' wide gravel track around the perimeter of the whole barn! Plus a walk way out to the barn.... Plus a round pen.... I could go on and on....


                                • #17
                                  My family thought I was nuts when I asked for stone dust for my birthday - and meant it.

                                  And I've never been so happy as when the giant dump trucks came and delivered 50 tons of gravel in my driveway.

                                  I have big plans for graveling other areas near gates. More footing in the arena. More gravel on the drive.

                                  I love you people who understand this mania.
                                  Here Be Dragons: My blog about venturing beyond the lower levels as a dressage amateur.


                                  • #18
                                    One can never have too much rock! I'm in! AND having a tractor to spread it (have spread too much by hand in my lifetime), I am a happy girl!
                                    We're spending our money on horses and bourbon. The rest we're just wasting.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by DLee View Post
                                      One can never have too much rock! I'm in! AND having a tractor to spread it (have spread too much by hand in my lifetime), I am a happy girl!
                                      You need to change your signature to include rock! Cute sig line!
                                      Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.


                                      • #20
                                        There are gravel Websites??????

                                        Leaving now to go and search the internet........