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post #11 of 19 Old 01-10-2009, 06:09 PM
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I don`t like the cement walls horses can get hurt on them and leve you very large vet bills. My barn is partley heated in the tackroom/offic, and bath room so it gives of heat and we close all the doors. I have a thinsalte turn out sheet from smartpakequine he has on 24/7 when its cold on outlaw.
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post #12 of 19 Old 01-10-2009, 07:41 PM
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Slightly OT, is that Ultimate Barns book worth it? I collect books like that.
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post #13 of 19 Old 01-10-2009, 10:11 PM
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im sorry but I hate barns up north! it is too stuffy in them!
Is that the only reason you hate them? I'm sure barns up here look just like barns down where you are... We only close them up when the horses are in at night, but the vents keep air moving without getting drafty.
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Is that the only reason you hate them? I'm sure barns up here look just like barns down where you are... We only close them up when the horses are in at night, but the vents keep air moving without getting drafty.
yes that is the only thing i hate about them. The amonia just smells bad(my mom grew up in MI and told me all about it) Also the amonia just sits on the dirt floors. I forgot how much i hate dirt floors.... I will also add, that if you are building a barn to not do the traditional mud dirt floor. We had new floors put in. I think it is called euistall. it is rocks that are layered into egg carton type things that are made out of hard plastic. you fill those with very fine gravel and it is the best florring out there IMO. the urine sinks down into the gravel and helps keep amonia out. it has alot of give and it is very cussiony. it also helps because you don't have to use as much bedding! I will never put anything but it in stalls ever!

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I have concrete ilsies and stall mats in the stalls.
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yes that is the only thing i hate about them. The amonia just smells bad(my mom grew up in MI and told me all about it) Also the amonia just sits on the dirt floors. I forgot how much i hate dirt floors.... I will also add, that if you are building a barn to not do the traditional mud dirt floor. We had new floors put in. I think it is called euistall. it is rocks that are layered into egg carton type things that are made out of hard plastic. you fill those with very fine gravel and it is the best florring out there IMO. the urine sinks down into the gravel and helps keep amonia out. it has alot of give and it is very cussiony. it also helps because you don't have to use as much bedding! I will never put anything but it in stalls ever!
Not all barns have floors like that, in fact, I don't know of any around here. The barn I board at and the barn we're building has concrete with thick stall mats and shavings. Alot of people also you stone dust screenings that are tamped down with mats over them. I'm sure there are even more old barns from all of the plantations in the south with dirt floors, from before concrete/screenings were "the thing" to put in...
Old barns up here (i'm talking new england/mid atlantic) were often dairy barns with concrete in them, and if they still have dirt floors i doubt horse people own them
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I have concrete ilsies and stall mats in the stalls.
This is what I was going to do. I'm big on bedding. I hate seeing stalls with a thin layer of bedding and half the stall bare. I sure as heck wouldn't be comfortable sleeping on it, why would my horse?
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Not all barns have floors like that, in fact, I don't know of any around here. The barn I board at and the barn we're building has concrete with thick stall mats and shavings. Alot of people also you stone dust screenings that are tamped down with mats over them. I'm sure there are even more old barns from all of the plantations in the south with dirt floors, from before concrete/screenings were "the thing" to put in...
Old barns up here (i'm talking new england/mid atlantic) were often dairy barns with concrete in them, and if they still have dirt floors i doubt horse people own them
oh. well I LOVE our stalls now. the dirt just wears down and is horrible for the horses legs. hmmmmmm i haven't seen many dairy farms down here, lol!

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This is what I was going to do. I'm big on bedding. I hate seeing stalls with a thin layer of bedding and half the stall bare. I sure as heck wouldn't be comfortable sleeping on it, why would my horse?
try to find some info on the equi-stall. it is much better than the matts! and it doens't look comffy but the horses love it! It really helps their legs. we still use alot of shavings.

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