Pea Gravel for the Barefoot Horse


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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6 Responses

  1. Delna says:

    Hi! I really appreciated reading your article. I’m considering having pea gravel put in my horse’s stalls before the rains come. It is a mare motel set up and the paddock is on a slight slope, so my purpose is to prevent a muddy mess. Even though my horses are usually in the pasture, in a bad storm or rains I put them in the stall area. When spring grass comes in I will probably keep them in the stalls and paddock area for longer periods of time (don’t want them to founder). How do you clean your pea gravel? Do you rinse it out or use a cleaning agent periodically? I’m looking forward to your response. 🙂

    • Casie says:

      Hi Delna,

      It was several years ago when I had the pea gravel in my stalls–unfortunately, most of it is gone now (washed away or scooped up during cleaning. I didn’t refill the stalls because my horses are on a track system now. They have one pathway that is gravel and I’d like to add more eventually. One recommendation I’d make with the pea gravel is to have some way to contain it in the stalls–like a board along your stall doors (which the horses could easily step over). Mine lasted for quite a while though and was fairly easy to clean the manure from with a cherry picker.

  2. Jackie says:

    Pea gravel is the worst thing for barefoot horses, I pick little stone out of the hoof a lot just from the fields ??? It gets lodged in the white line and opens it up for infections. Why r u telling people it’s good?? God help the horses that r on it

    • Casie says:

      Pea gravel is generally too big to get stuck in the white line. If your horse’s white line is big enough to allow it in, you likely need to make some dietary/ hoof trimming changes. Many people have used pea gravel to successfully rehabilitate horses with various conditions and it can be great to maintain your barefoot horses on as well.

  3. jessi says:

    I really like this idea. I am in south Louisiana and my pasture has no natural rough or rocky areas to help keep hooves smoothed and hardened. Thanks

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