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post #1 of 10 Old 09-29-2013, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Horse poop in the stall

I;ve been taking care of a friends horse who pays for the stable to clean the poop once a day. When I come in evening, of course there is always more to clean up.. I have been getting obsessed with cleaning up every poop ball I see and there were many. As the owner doesnt seem to clean all that great. My question. Do any owners have a stall where they get ALL the poop or are there always going to be some poop balls from weeks and weeks ago hanging out all over?
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-29-2013, 10:50 PM
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The only time you'll ever get it all is when you strip the bedding out and put new in.
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-30-2013, 08:45 AM
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There will always be a little in there. The balls get smushed and broken so even if they're not solid....it's there!
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post #4 of 10 Old 09-30-2013, 10:40 PM
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No matter how long you pick at the stall for, it never gets 100% clean unless you strip it and re-bed it. It drives me crazy too.
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The only way to have a perfectly clean stall is not bring in the horse leave them outside 24/7.
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-01-2013, 10:18 AM
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I can get a messy stall pretty clean, even most of the small stuff.
Make a bank of clean-ish shavings against a wall with bare floor in front of the bank.
Launch dirty bedding at the wall above the bank. The manure will roll down onto the bare floor area & the shavings will add to the bank.
Wet spots are shoveled up.
I figured this out because I bed deep & am too cheap to strip a stall & I want it done quickly.
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I work at a barn where the stalls MUST be spotless(boarding barn) so I take a while to clean some of those stalls. It's hard to get every piece and little flake of poop but it is possible if you do the tedious work of it. As for my horses stalls, I'm not so picky. As long as all the piles of poop and pee are cleaned up,I don't worry about the small pieces. I waste some shavings in the process at the barn I work at, but hey- it's what they pay me for and they buy shavings by the bulk so I don't really worry about it.
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I would drive me crazy, too, if I wasn't the one paying for the bedding. Listen, horses are fastidious if you clean their stall well at least 1x/day, for a horse without daily turnout. I have that, too, when the winter weather is foul.
Horses pick their pee and poo spots. Understanding this helps you to save $ on bedding. I use Equine Fresh (super dried pine pellets) under shavings in my horse's pee spots. I clean up the poo spots, too, then use a broom to move the clean bedding into those spots.
They try to NOT pee and poo where they eat, so make sure that the feed isn't close to those spots.

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Every once in a while my mom totally strips our stalls. We have mats in them because the barn used to be an old cement floored slaughterhouse (oh the irony!) and she wanted some extra padding for them.

Anyway, she gets the shavings up off the ground, and then powerwashes the entire floor till it's all spotless. Then she rebeds the stalls. There's no poop then.

But it's like an entire 8 hour days work. So
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-01-2013, 11:34 AM
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Yup. Shavings are too expensive for me to worry about with my boys.
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