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post #1 of 6 Old 09-17-2013, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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HELP,HELP Need some help please. My son is a first time owner of a beautiful Paint. We live in Evans Colorado. Horse is boarding in Milliken Colorado. We as you all probably know have been having very sever flooding. We finally have been able to get to our horse King. His stall and run are about 6" thick with mud. The owner of the place is not in the mood or whatever, to help us deal with the problem. Can anyone tell us what to do to dry up his area. Hopefully with the least amount of damage or mess that is possible. We really don't want to make the owner of the place mad since we were recently put in the best boarding stall in the place. We don't want to go back to the worst. Where we started.

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-18-2013, 07:05 AM
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Dry air and sunshine or a bucket loader and replace the mud with sand and gravel.

I live on river bottom land and I've flooded a few times. Twice where the horses have been stranded for a day on high ground away from barn and gate. Here in the east we also have heavy wet snow. In early spring everything is soaked until the snow melt stops. I just make mini trenches all over directing the water away.
If I know a major storm like a hurricane is coming I dig trenches beforehand to direct water away from the barn area as fast as possible. No machines, just me and my hoe or shovel so the horses moving usually fill them in quick but I try. It seems to help.

If you can replace the stuff in the stall with gritty sand that will drain well it will help.
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-18-2013, 12:15 PM
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The biggest thing is to remove the horse from the stall. They will churn things up and make a big mud pit out of what would of been a mud puddle if left alone. We're in for a nice stretch of weather so even a small pen outside made out of 4 panels is good enough for now. If there's 6 inches of sediment that washed into the stall, you're going to have to remove it. Pull the old bedding out and stall mats if you have them. Shovel it all out. Open the front and back doors to create airflow. A nice stiff front range breeze will dry thing out quickly. Run a big fan if you have power. You should be back in the stall by the weekend.

Glad you are safe and hopefully you did not incur any damage to your home. Be empathetic and part of the solution in your boarding situation. The BO probably lost all the stored hay, equipment, home and income as well as having to do all the repairs to the property to get back up and running. They probably can not handle one more thing on their plate right now. Run a load of trash to the dump for them. Organize the other boarders to tackle the barn. Everything needs to be hauled outside to dry in the sun. I'm busy most of the week but if you need help today, Sunday afternoon or Monday, PM me. I'll come help. I dodged most of it.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-18-2013, 01:13 PM
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So sorry to hear that your horse isn't in a good place. The floods have been crazy, but I dodged most of it too.

If you need any help, please drop me a line. I'd be glad to assist in any way I can!
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-18-2013, 01:39 PM
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First off, if a BO tried to move me from one stall to another depending on his mood, I'd be moving. QUICK! I won't tolerate that kind of nonsense, period.

To help your stall. If you can't get it open to sun and air, then there are a couple of products that will help. Sweet PDZ is one and Stall Dry is another. If you can't find either one, if you can take a bunch of the pelleted horse bedding and put it down to mix in with the mud, it will absorb a lot of the water and help dry things out.

I second moving the horse to dry land, otherwise you're liable to have some hoof/foot/lower leg issues from the wet.

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post #6 of 6 Old 09-18-2013, 03:32 PM
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I hope everyone in CO is safe as well as their animals. I agree, the BO probably has many things to deal with at the moment and a muddy stall is not the main concern. I have seen horrid photos on FB and on the news. I would move my horse outside into sunshine and air and leave the stalls to dry . I would not complain to much,you may get told to move ,and from I have seen, there may not be any non muddy place close to your area. Be thankful all you got was a little wet.
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