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post #11 of 17 Old 08-22-2013, 04:09 PM
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My yearling is the King of pee. He drinks 15 gallons in less than 24 hours and drenches his stall in one day. I put the pellets where he pees the most, wet them to fluff them up, then the micro mini flakes on top of that. I don't have mats, the flooring of his stall is dirt. I rarely ever stall him(only during crazy thunderstorms) so I don't have to worry about it constantly but I would love something to help keep him from swimming in his own pee. It doesn't help that he pees where he sleeps, either.
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post #12 of 17 Old 08-22-2013, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by lchad View Post
Thank you GrittyCowgirl! Glad to know someone else has/had the same problem. I would also pull my mats and it was pointless. Just flooded the next day.

I have started using Stall Dry and that has helped. I am going to try pelleted bedding in one stall and see how it is and how much it costs. This is so frustrating. Thanks again.
I also forgot to add that two of my stalls on the ends of my barn had poor drainage no matter what bedding I used. A friend helped me brainstorm and I finally tried spreading out sand (about 1-1.5" thick) over the entire stall under the floor mats and this REALLY helped! The urine drains into the sand without running into my aisle, dries over time and for some reason has helped with the smell. I ended up doing this to all my stalls and my older horses love it ( I have 2 retired horses with arthritic joints and it really helped give extra cushion and less stiffness in the cooler months rather than just the matted concrete floors). I'm not sure about your stall mats but mine fully cover my stall floors and don't have any gaps anywhere so my horses ingesting it isn't a huge worry. So if a new bedding type doesn't help 100% you may try this in one stall to see if it works for you. If not, you can always add the sand to your high traffic areas in the winter months or riding area. (Sorry for the book like reply!!! lol) Good luck!
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post #13 of 17 Old 08-22-2013, 04:56 PM
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We have sand under our mats too - but ours are laid onto crushed stone and not concrete and we used sand to level the floor - definitely drains better than concrete which is only really OK if its laid to on slight slope so the pee goes off into a drainage system and you then have to use rubber mats that have channels in them on the underside- the pee just gets trapped between it and the rubber if not
Deep shavings and pellets mixed is about your only real solution that I can see other than taking up all the concrete
Sweet PDZ seems to remove smells better than Stall Dry.
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Thank you ladies!! You've all helped me very much!! Sand might be a good option for me too!
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post #15 of 17 Old 08-22-2013, 08:56 PM
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Of course you could always restrict their access to so much of that lush grazing by fencing them off on to a smaller area
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post #16 of 17 Old 08-22-2013, 09:04 PM
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If you are at the point of replacing your mats, you might want to look into stall skins. Instead of having seams, they are designed to fit the entire stall floor and be waterproof. I haven't personally used them, but it seems they would work better over something like concrete that doesn't drain, as it would keep the urine on top where it could be soaked up. I haven't compared the price of stall skins vs rubber mats, but I would imagine it would be similar. Just a thought.

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post #17 of 17 Old 08-22-2013, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Oh yes.... I looked into those. I think the skins are the best direction. Thanks for reminding me.
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