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  • Manure and Riding Ring

    Hi,
    I have a new barn and some land to put up a good size riding ring. Cost is a problem though. We have abut 6 inches of loam followed by hardpan(clay). I want to use sand eventually but until I can afford it can I use manure over the clay? I saved up enough to get this far and I am really eager to get started and have a place to ride. My horse is older so we are not heavy workers just need proper excercise. Does anyone have any input on this? Could I just use the clay? I don't want to work hard at building it only to take it apart because it's done wrong. Eventually I would like to use the ring for jumping with my next horse

    Thanks a bunch!
    Lisa

  • #2
    Manure is a bad idea. It will be dusty when dry and slippery when wet. You are better off riding on the loam
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    • #3
      I used manure as footing before, though ours was a LOT of sawdust and not so much manure. It worked great, we dumped it, spread it as well as we could, then waited a week or so for it to settle before dragging it. There were no issues with slipping or dust, since as I said, it was mainly just sawdust with manure mixed in.

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      • #4
        You will end up digging up all the clay and loam again.

        Manure is organic material- it will decompose ruining the base and sub-base you have already invested in.

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        • #5
          Weird... I drive everyone crazy by making them pick up poop in the ring so that when we drag it doesnt mix in with the footing. I was always of the belief that it was bad

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SunkenMeadow View Post
            Weird... I drive everyone crazy by making them pick up poop in the ring so that when we drag it doesnt mix in with the footing. I was always of the belief that it was bad

            There's nothing weird about what you're doing at all. It's standard practice at any decent stable I've ever boarded at and I do it with both my indoor, outdoor and sacrifice paddocks.

            I boarded at one stable that never picked up the manure in the indoor and when I finished riding and would blow my nose, everything came out black!
            Sue

            I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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            • #7
              Ride on the loam.

              Do not add manure- I keep my arena (stone dust) picked daily before the redbirds tear into any droppings and spread them further. Manure will be slick when wet and as it rots it will soften your loam and make a mess of it.

              Ask around locally about arenas that you like- ask about materials/river sand/stone dust/etc ...esp since you intend to jump, getting it right even if it takes more time/money, is really important.

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              • #8
                Hey Sue, thanks for sharing your sinus habits. I was looking for professional advise not insult.

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                • #9
                  Sunkenmeadow....just had to add a here---
                  We've always boarded where you always pick up the arena 'after' your rides---just the rules! Always have, always did!
                  But, I have to admit, there was ONE barn...where we were astonished to find out, we were supposed to:
                  stop our workout immediately upon each 'poop' and ride to the corner of the arena, while mounted, grab the manure fork out of the mucktub in the corner, ride back, scoop the deposit (before it was ridden back thru at ALL) and then, while mounted, carry it back to the muck tub.
                  I. swear. I'm. not. kidding.

                  guess what? we don't board there anymore.
                  ayrabz
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                  • #10
                    Hey Sue, thanks for sharing your sinus habits. I was looking for professional advise not insult.
                    I fail to understand how that was insulting. It's a valid point - I imagine riding in an indoor full of horse manure probably isn't great to keep inhaling in a closed space.
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                    • #11
                      I wouldn't. I ride in my sandy-loam sacrifice paddock, and the ONLY thing that has kept that very nice surface/footing from turning to muck over time is the assiduous removal of manure EVERY day.
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                      • #12
                        I tried this last year in a round pen and will strongly advise NOT to do it. The horses slipped every time they cantered if it rained in the last 3 or 4 days. It made my round pen useless. Even in this heat it stays pretty slippery.
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                        • #13
                          Definitely not. A barn I used to board at had a lovely, mostly sand mixed with some dirt, outdoor arena. It wasn't dragged THAT often, but it was certainly rideable and dried out nicely after torrential downpours.

                          Then one day I went out there and discovered the BO had dumped a whole bunch of manure and shavings into the arena and dragged it and mixed it in with the sand and dirt. DON'T ask me why they did it, I don't know.

                          Basically it was pretty much ruined after that. The bugs in there were HORRIBLE, and it took FOREVER to dry out, as the shavings mixed in would just hold onto moisture forever.
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                          • #14
                            I wouldn't do it either. After anyone rides in my arena any poop is removed - helps with bugs and I don't want organic matter / grass & weed seeds mixed into the sand.

                            The barn I haul to for training also requires pickup after riding.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by FoxmeadowFarm View Post
                              Hey Sue, thanks for sharing your sinus habits. I was looking for professional advise not insult.
                              Not seeing the insult there, either.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Trixie View Post
                                I fail to understand how that was insulting. It's a valid point - I imagine riding in an indoor full of horse manure probably isn't great to keep inhaling in a closed space.
                                I'm with Trixie. You asked for professional advice and she gave it to you.
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                                • #17
                                  It was common practice to mix shavings and manure with sand to create footing several decades ago, but these days not so much. Manure dries out and gets dusty and the fine dust gets into everything including your sinuses, but mostly your hair and clothes and I don't like smelling like manure. I can't imagine it's healthy either.

                                  Then there's the slippery when wet factor

                                  And if you are planning to replace it later with more suitable footing, the pain and expense of removing it after its been ground down into your base.

                                  I have used it ( stall cleanings- shavings and manure) to create a riding surface on pasture when there was no riding ring, no money and the grass was even more slippery than shavings. I dumped it about 4-6 inches deep, raked it smooth and started riding in it. It served me well for a summer, and the next spring, the grass just grew back through it= greener than before!
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by FoxmeadowFarm View Post
                                    Hey Sue, thanks for sharing your sinus habits. I was looking for professional advise not insult.


                                    Honey, it wasn't meant as an insult at all as others have already told you. You DID ask for professional advice and you got an example of what will happen. If you want to breathe manure, good for you, but please don't subject your horse to it.

                                    BTW, if you want an insult, I can oblige.
                                    Sue

                                    I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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                                    • #19
                                      I'd say no too - unless you live in the desert. Manure in outside rings holds down the very fine sand from blowing away in our windstorms. Slippery in the rain? What rain?! I grew up in MA and would agree to no to manure in the ring if you can avoid it.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by CatOnLap View Post
                                        It was common practice to mix shavings and manure with sand to create footing several decades ago, but these days not so much. Manure dries out and gets dusty and the fine dust gets into everything including your sinuses, but mostly your hair and clothes and I don't like smelling like manure. I can't imagine it's healthy either.

                                        Then there's the slippery when wet factor

                                        And if you are planning to replace it later with more suitable footing, the pain and expense of removing it after its been ground down into your base.

                                        I have used it ( stall cleanings- shavings and manure) to create a riding surface on pasture when there was no riding ring, no money and the grass was even more slippery than shavings. I dumped it about 4-6 inches deep, raked it smooth and started riding in it. It served me well for a summer, and the next spring, the grass just grew back through it= greener than before!
                                        When I was a kid used bedding was our winter riding surface.

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