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post #31 of 35 Old 12-11-2011, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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These are just some updated pics of the barn, since I added walls to the back of the stalls. Later we will be installing dutch doors. I also want to add a covered grooming area at the end, which will be outside the paddock. The ground in front of the stalls looks very mucky in these picks- we had just had a huge rainstorm, but it is sand and drains very quickly.
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post #32 of 35 Old 01-03-2012, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Okay so no doors yet- I decided the next priority was mangers, which we built this weekend. They were eating their hay off the floor, but it was getting dragged all over the stalls (and even outside), trampled and pooped on and I was not pleased with all the waste. I had thought we'd bought enough hay for the whole winter, but now we're going to be buying more in the next few weeks. There must be 20 or more bales worth on the manure pile, which ticks me off. Hopefully the new mangers will solve that problem.
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post #33 of 35 Old 01-07-2012, 06:29 PM
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I would lean more towards the use of rubber or another material, for several reasons.

1. The planks would almost certainly rot in a very small amount of time, thus having to be replaced.

2. Everything, from manure to pee would seep into the the wood and wouldn't smell to nice after a while.

3. Replacing them would be a sore, considering how much work would go into putting them in.

4. Wood is a magnet for infectants, mould (lots of it), disease, bacteria. What I'm trying to say is that it could get nasty very quickly.

I would definitely recommend rubber matting. It's warm in the winter (relatively), it's going to allow for easy cleaning, and once every few years you may have to replace them, but I can almost guarantee they're not going to be as much of a pain as wood would be.
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post #34 of 35 Old 01-08-2012, 12:27 PM
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Horses still drag hay out of manger. Stuff small mesh hay nets high over the mangers. As the horse pulls hay some will fall into the manger and not get walked on. Extremely little waste this way. I stuff mine pull tight and tie a single knot then work the extra rope toward the bottom, pull tight and hang up. It will be a ball at first but it drops as the quantity of hay is reduced. An easy way to fill a net is to fill a plastic garbage can, stretch the net down over the top, flip the whole works (the tub is now upside down) and holding the net with one hand work the tub up and out. A plastic water tub will work as well. I just happened to have the garbage barrel for storing grain.
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post #35 of 35 Old 01-08-2012, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not a big fan of hay nets, however I made the mangers big enough so I can "fluff up" the hay- break up the flakes so they can't just grab a whole flake and haul it out of the manger. Seems to work quite well, however I did build them too close to their automatic water bowls so I have to scoop all the soggy hay out of them all the time-oops- another lesson learned.
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