Join Date: May 2011
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
That sounds disgusting. Whenever I clean a stall, I try to remove as much of the wet material as I can, shaking the shavings through the fork and sifting them as much as possible. At one barn, they didn't have stall mats in the stalls and the horses stood on packed dirt. We sprinkled lime on the wet spots and tried to give the stall floor as much time to dry as possible before we re-bedded. On any given day, we would turn horses out, clean stalls and pile the shavings up along the sides of the stalls. Just before we brought horses in at the end of the day, we would throw in fresh shavings. The dirt floor had a chance to dry and the barn never smelled of ammonia like some barns have a tendency to.
Keeping a layer of wet shavings in a stall is just asking for thrush and breathing problems. I bet there are no barefoot horses in that barn either, because they are ouchy due to the wet bedding.