Originally Posted by StormyBlues
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