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Salting a horse track

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by JD Dave, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    Yesterday morning I got a call from a guy who wanted me to salt his 1/2 mile race track. He said the guy that use to do it can't anymore and he needs around 7 tonne. So I put 7 tonne in the truck and went over to spread it. The track is a about 20 ft wide and as I said before 1/2 mile long. Well there was no way I could put 7 tonne down. I went around 3 times and put about 5 tonne on and out of good faith couldn't put the rest on because the track was already covered. It was something out of the ordinary so it was fun. I will take pics next time I go, it's a really nice farm.
     
  2. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    The pimlico race track here in maryland salts and drags their track around the clock.
     
  3. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    a bit late, but for future, calcium chloride works best for dirt tracks. However, either is bad for horses feet.
     
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    It's not dirt it's limestone and unless I can get it in bulk I'm not spreading it. They work the track everyday with 2 different tractors.
     
  5. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    I see.

    I only know dirt tracks for thoroughbreds where you need to get the dirt loose and workable.
     
  6. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    that's definatly an odd job LOL

    was they woried about the ice and horses falling or was it dust conrol?
     
  7. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    They are thourough breds I think and yes they need the track loose. It's limestone screenings on the track to be exact. I just did what the owner wanted. Where do you plow in TO Mike?
     
  8. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    Horse's falling. I gave the guy a great deal because I can spread it when I'm not busy.