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Dry Lots

A special feature at Hy-Hope Stable is our dry lots.  When they are not grazing, the horses relax in a natural, well protected, tree-shaded environment.   This has been especially attractive to owners with horses who have grass issues due to laminitis or weight problems.  They allow horses the freedom to be turned out without having to wear a muzzle.  These paddocks have also been helpful for hoof rehabilitation, by replacing the large muddy areas where horses tend to stand, with a dry solid footing made up of screenings.  This porous material minimizes standing water often associated as a breeding ground for the West Nile Virus and actually stimulates and improves good hoof health.  Our dry lots are cleaned twice daily which also helps to prevent parasite problems.  With these dry lots we are able to preserve our grass pastures when they are wet, which makes for lush grazing in the summer.

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