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post #1 of 14 Old 05-13-2008, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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disinfecting stalls.

So as many of you know, my fiance and I are about 97% sure we're going to rent a 4 acre horse property. There are currently 2 horses living there right now. While they seem to be in good health, I don't want to take any chances.

I came across this stall disinfectant and wonder if it'll be worth the money.
http://www.smartpakequine.com/produc...eCategory=true

Also, there is a rather large paddock, should we disinfect that too, or would picking the poo be good enough? The paddock is dirt (would that be considered a dry lot?).
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-13-2008, 08:31 PM
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If would pick the poo and spray the paddock. It is WAY better to be safe than sorry. Also you should lime the stalls, and the paddock, with a good dusting to get rid of any pneumonia smelling urine and dry up any urine/feces that could give your horses thrush.

Even if my horses switch stalls or barns, I pull the mats and dig out the stall, lime it, bed it, and remat it.
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where can you get lime from? And is it really expensive? (like $100+ for a tiny bag?)

Did you like that product Abby, or is there something better out there?

And what kind of mats do you have? I'd like to put mats down, but in the catalogs I have, nothing is for stall use
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Lime is very cheap. You can get a big, like feed bag sized, for about five bucks and it lasts you a long time because it cakes like flour. We buy it at tractor supply, just ask them "Where's your lime?" they'll know what you're talking about.

Edit- We board, so they provided the mats for us. I'll ask, I have no idea actually.

Edit again- I did a quick google. We use mats like this.
http://www.greatmats.com/images/gmats/stallsm.jpg
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Thanks so much Abby.

I found mats online. $500+ for a 12x12 stall. Is that the normal price for mats?
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that's a bit much. I know you can get them cheaper.

EDIT-
Here is something interesting to consider. MUCH cheaper too. http://www.stallskins.com/stallskins.html
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o0o those are awesome!

I think we'll wait on buying mats. I'll get them mats for their christmas presents.

I do like the lime though. Thanks for telling me about it :)
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You can usually buy stall mats at any feed type store. I think we payed about $30-35/mat a few years ago and I think they are 4'x6'
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$30-35 is normal for a 4x6 mat, and I would reccommend that size over a one-piece 12x12 because the smaller ones are easier to move if you ever want to disinfect again :)

Lime works great; I can't remember if your new place has stalls or not - - if it does, Lysol works great! Just put some in a garden sprayer and go to town.

One of the ladies in my barn swears by that disinfecting product -- our vet swears by it, too. She dusts every stall she takes him to at a show (this is the horse with immunity issues - he's kind of like a horse in a bubble)

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it has 2 stalls. The current owners leave the doors open so the horses can go in and out as they please, which is what we'll probably do. But I just want it to be nice and clean for them when they come home :)

I wouldn't mind using lysol, I just can't stand the smell of it
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