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post #11 of 16 Old 01-18-2011, 09:11 AM
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A barn I used to work at just had dirt floors and no mats, when the horses would pee in them we would use this powder stuff called stall dry it works really good heres a link to one brand
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post #12 of 16 Old 01-18-2011, 10:44 AM
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Something you could do is have some pea-sized gravel hauled to your barn lay down several inches of the gravel on top of the dirt floors then rebed the stalls. The gravel will help some in wicking the moisture away from the bedding. When you can manage getting rubber stall mats just put them on top of the gravel. When my DH got our barn built we put down gravel then bedded the stalls. It does help.
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We do have some access to pea gravel. I will also check craigslist for mats. Sounds like those are the way to go. If I can find them for relatively inexpensive I would go for it today.

Until I can the gravel sounds like a good idea. Probably a job to get back out though. :-D
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post #14 of 16 Old 01-22-2011, 02:18 AM
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Were the stalls graveled under the dirt? So they will drain and dry properly? Or is it just dirt only?

And are you putting lime down?
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post #15 of 16 Old 01-22-2011, 06:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Woodsy View Post
I just took everything out of both stalls. Stripped them both down to dirt. (phew big job)

I am going to let them sit for a few days and them build them back up.
If you have some fans (like simple box fans), put them in there while they are stripped out. Good ventilation will help dry them out a lot faster.

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post #16 of 16 Old 01-22-2011, 10:19 AM
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We put the gravel down on top of the dirt floors. There really is no need to remove the gravel when the mats are put down, just put the mats on top of the gravel. If we had went with the French Drain it would have been far better to do, though. A French Drain, as I recall, is a trench dug in the stall to about 3-4 feet deep then fill it with gravel to the level of the stall floor. Then bed the stall as usual. The moisture and urine will flow into the gravel-filled trench. Putting powdered lmne down on the floor of a stripped stall is a very good idea. It sweetens the smell of the urine.
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