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|Dry Hoof Pond|
|Stella flies across the dry hoof pond on our paddock paradise track in Alabama.|
Now that we've seen (last summer) how well the hoof pond helps to condition their hooves, we are about to re-build it with larger logs to better contain the water. Dirt would work its way under the tarp liner when framed with the small logs now lying under the fenceline.
April 29, 2010
Log Framed Hoof Pond
The hoof soaking station on my Paddock Paradise has been revised to include a log frame to support the edges of the tarp which lines it. The first hoof pond was a smaller, shallower crater along a narrow part of the track, covered with a 10'x12' tarp and about two inches of water. That worked wonders for getting them used to crossing a water obstacle on their own.
But Stella, Jewel, and Ally kept pushing the edge of the tarp down into the water, causing it to trickle out of the hoof pond. They were using a couple of different methods to try avoiding getting their hooves wet. Stella would put her front feet on the very edge, or step halfway down onto the "wall" of the pond -- either of which would pull down the tarp along the path of travel. Ally saw her opportunity to partially skirt the edge of the hoof pond by trying to walk along the inside edge. Don't tell the others, but our inner fence isn't electrified yet. Nobody tried skirting the pond next to the outer, hot, fence line.
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