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    06-20-2012, 08:12 AM
  #11
Weanling
I can't imagine dirt floors... They sound pretty weird to me.
We have always had concrete, and its clean and comfortable. We bed thick, but I can't imagine bedding less on dirt anyway?
I guess I've never seen dirt, so I only see one side, but it seems to need a lot of maintenance?
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    06-20-2012, 09:26 AM
  #12
Showing
I rode at a stable with concrete but with planks over top. There was a frame beneath the planks creating about a 3" cleanance off the cement. This allowed urine to drain through and into a small gutter running along the outside of each stall. Horses were bedded in straw. No sores but man did that barn stink of ammonia not matter how well we cleaned it. My horses are on sand on clay. They have packed it to a hard enough surface that it's not hard to clean. I sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the pee spots. No smell of ammonia in there.
     
    06-25-2012, 04:13 AM
  #13
Foal
Our stall floors are dirt. To keep it smelling barn like and not a pit toilet, we dig out the top six or so inches every couple of years and put down fresh river bottom dirt. The dirt from the stalls then goes into raised bed gardens and planted the following season.
     
    06-25-2012, 06:57 AM
  #14
Yearling
I have dirt floors in my run in, I use rubber mats on half of it to make feeding and cleaning easier (my horse uses it like a stall and spends most of the night and all afternoon in there), plus I put lots of bedding. I strip the stall once and a while and spread a layer of lime dust to get rid of the smell, and on goes 6 inches of bedding, but not on the rubber mats where I feed her.
     
    06-25-2012, 10:34 AM
  #15
Yearling
We have dirt, and I wish we had concrete. It becomes unlevel, reeks when they pee, you can't sanitize ... hate it! We are planning to level an get mats, which I think I would perfer over concrete and mats. With mats over dirt, it has much more give so that the horse is more comfertable, they don't usually deform, and you can really get all the urine out.
     
    06-25-2012, 10:40 AM
  #16
Trained
How many of you who prefer dirt have actually used concrete I wonder?

I vote with concrete, it is what I am used to, and for all the benefits that have been listed
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    06-25-2012, 11:00 AM
  #17
Banned
Everyone around here uses packed dirt, and I've only met one person who used mats in it. I personally just don't want to spend the money to throw concrete in the stall, only to have to spend even more money on the thick rubber mats (concrete makes me nervous) and the knee deep shavings required.

Naw, I'm pretty happy with the good ol dirt floor, and the home made bedding (*old* hay pieces, usually too small to eat that I rake up, along with dried out grass clippings) and don't see a reason to change
     
    06-25-2012, 11:05 AM
  #18
mls
Trained
Dirt.

Stalls are matted, lime is used to neutralize odors.
     
    06-25-2012, 11:08 AM
  #19
Weanling
Dirt. Urine hurts the concrete. So you better with dirt floors in the stalls.
     
    06-25-2012, 01:49 PM
  #20
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Originally Posted by cowboy bowhunter    
Dirt. Urine hurts the concrete. So you better with dirt floors in the stalls.
Says who?

I have had concrete stable floors all my life and that is over 60 years. Many stables that have concrete floors that have been down for well over 70 years and none have ever been damaged by the urine.
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