Grab the tractor and manure spreader
When the situation happens where we find our paddocks covered in large sections of ice and the walkways are not safe to walk a horse on, my husband will pull out the tractor and manure spreader and the work begins. He will load the spreader with hot manure (Make sure the manure is hot) and lightly cover the areas that are ice covered. In some cases it may be an entire paddock. The spreader will sift the manure and evenly shoot it out the back end and before you know it your paddocks look like they have never seen snow or ice. They look amazing. Then you let the hot manure sit on the ice overnight and the manure will melt the ice and when it freezes back up, the manure will freeze into the ice and stick like glue. The transformation is amazing and the footing becomes safe for the horses.
This is something we have been doing forever and it works unbelievably well. Now I know the thought of spreading manure all over your paddocks and paths does not sound appealing but it is better than a horse falling and really getting hurt. When the springtime comes and my husband can get into the paddocks after the thaw, he will scrape them and take off the manure he has put down and they are just like new.
If you live in an area where ice seems to be an issue, try this trick and you will be pleasantly surprised at how good it works.
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