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View Poll Results: How often are your stalls cleaned?
Several times a day 13 22.41%
Daily 38 65.52%
Every other day/every few days 5 8.62%
Weekly 2 3.45%
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    02-09-2011, 04:12 PM
I board my horses. One has a stall, the other prefers to live outside unless its really really cold. We're in Wisconsin, at a show barn with 30 some horses. The stalls get mucked daily to get manure and wet shavings out of the stalls. Shavings are added as needed.

I think they get stripped once a week, lime is used when needed in the winter since the barn doors are closed most of the time. We're big on stall mats, so that cuts down on any build up of urine spots and smells. It's easier to get the stalls cleaned with mats under the shavings.

Luckily most of the horses still go out all day unless the turnouts/pastures get too icy, so they get lots of fresh air and the barn air gets moved around.
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    02-10-2011, 10:39 AM
We clean stalls daily. Picking the poop and wet spots out then once a week (usually sundays) we strip and add all new shavings. Shavings are also added as needed. We have 25 horses. 15 stalls. Some are in all the time some are turned out all day and in at night.

In the winter we do stalls twice a day since most of our horses are inside 23 hrs a day. In the summer tho we do stalls just once a day since almost everyone is turned out during the day. We also do pasture maintenance twice a month.

Lotsa work but I wouldnt trade it for anything in the world! Even when we board with our outside trainer I come in and do the stalls lol I'm picky about how my horses are kept and its just easier and fairer (is that even a word? LOL) on my trainer and her stable hands if I do it..Plus I enjoy it and my horses do as well I think
    02-10-2011, 11:07 PM
I answered daily, because the stalls at my barn are cleaned daily; myself cleaning stalls 1 to 3 days a week.

We add shavings daily, just a couple forkfuls. The stalls are only 3/4 bedded, and only enough to really soak up the messes. The stalls are matted, and on several inches of gravel to allow proper drainage.

When I first started there, a couple horses were bedded in hay, and that was just about as nasty as when we let the stalls go unbedded (but picked daily) for about 5 days...I like the shavings, though it is tedious to sift through... I can still get 6 stalls done in about 1 1/2 hours, sometimes quicker. Depends on how messy, and how quick I'm workin', and if the horses are in or out. Lol.

    02-11-2011, 04:11 PM
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I'd hate to use hay or straw, I like shavings best but sawdust is even better!
    02-11-2011, 04:30 PM
Straw is terrible, I would hate using straw! We use bagged shavings and they work pretty well.
    02-16-2011, 08:35 PM
The stable down the road from where I live clean the stalls every day. They have I'd say about 20 stalls, filled with just that many boarders, and some of the large stalls have mares with foals in them. The horses go out to pasture for at least six hours I'd say, unless weather isn't good at all.

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