I folks! Been a very long time since I've been here. :)
I'm having a problem in my barn with massive amounts of urine. The stalls are drenched and no matter what I do, I cannot get it dry.
I have a 15+ year old barn with a cement slab with 3/4" rubber mats in all stalls. I use shavings to bed. My horses are out on pasture all day. The pasture is fertilized and very lush and healthy. The water content in the grass is high. So they come in at night and pee gallons. (Sorry this is crude)
I use a generous amount of shavings and the mats and floor under the mats are drenched. I have tried more shavings which is expensive which didn't fix the issue. I have tried "stall dry" which is a clay-like powder. It helped a bit but urine still makes it's way under the mats
Obviously this is not healthy and I'm sick of it. I have tried pulling the mats, washing out, only to be flooded the next day. My mats are old. They are almost 16 years old. Is it just time to replace them and try for a tighter seams? There are some gaps.
The foundation has settled over 16 years so I now have pee running into the aisle from one stall. Would love some feedback to help me resolve or at the very least improve my situation.
Thanks so much for reading!