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  • How to get rid of dust in stables

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    04-22-2013, 11:25 AM
Solveing Dust

Dust in shavings beds has always been a problem. People buy expensive shavings. Being told they are dust free. Do you believe it ? Nor do I. Here is the solution. Read the last few paragraphs if you are in a hurry. It will give you enough information to solve the problem.
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    04-22-2013, 11:33 AM
That article didn't really address anything. Using less shavings is the answer? No, I don't think so. The horse will still grind the shavings down regardless, especially if you have a stall walker.

Using mats is hardly a revolutionary idea, either. Many people use them and put shavings on top of them, which means they use less shavings to start with.

Honestly, there isn't anything ground breaking or new to be found in that article.
    04-22-2013, 11:37 AM
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I don't see any point being made? Less shavings means the horse is laying down in their urine as there wont be much soaking it up. I use pellets. I spray them down and flip them, spray, flip, spray when they first get put in and it breaks them up. Then whenever I muck her stall I spray them down a bit to kill the dust. I only need to adding bedding twice a month, my horse has a nice thick bed and the dust is minimal. Plus my horse isn't laying in her urine at night.
    04-22-2013, 02:51 PM

This article relates more to the racing industry. Where the amount of horses,stables mucked out by one person reaches up to 15 or so. When you read the article it talks about the size of the box too. To properly rotate the bedding in large boxes with that amount of horses ends with dust. Taking the bed back a bit in size helps rotate the bed so as to get rid of Old dusty shavings. This also gives a Deeper bed for the horse. The horse does not lose. Stables tend to be over big, having been built hundreds of years ago. To try and rotate that amount of bedding is not possible. That's my point.
    04-22-2013, 03:01 PM
Green Broke
Well my barn has 16 stalls in use right now. We deep bed with wood pellets, which turn into dust once they break up. We will fill the stalls with pellets, spray them down and flip them over, spray, flip again until they break up. So each stall takes about 15 minutes or so. We do this twice a month or less, depending on the horse. We also feed inside off a round bale which we break sections off, water them then feed. We have no dust issues. And ftr we are a very busy barn with people coming and going for lessons and to work their horses. There are 2 of us that do the barn and are done by noon.

By deep bedding with pellets that break up we are saving ourselves a lot of time and it cuts the dust factor down big time if used right. We are not bedding the horses daily. You pick out the urine spot as it clumps like litter. You take out the poop and you turn over everything, sprinkle it with water and carry on. It takes about 5 minutes a stall on regular days. The 15 is when we put new pellets in.
    04-22-2013, 03:18 PM
Green Broke
I don't have dust at all because I use freshly cut sawdust straight from the lumber mill. It is still fairly green and no dust whatsoever. I get enough to bed at a time, use it up, then get another batch. I go through a load every couple weeks, it doesn't have time to turn dusty.
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    04-23-2013, 09:07 AM
Solveing Dust

Good for you Apachie. That is all I was trying to point out. That the more you turnaround the shavings the less dust you get. People leave shavings in too long simply because they are clean, not soiled in any way.

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