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    09-17-2012, 12:33 AM

So I was cleaning my horses corral, and I decided that I was going to try to rake out the wet areas because she always pees in the same like 2 areas which are very close to eachother and of course they are in her shelter so they don't get sun. When I dug the rake in to pull up the wet dirt there was maggots under it so now Im not sure at all whether this is normal or something to worry about or if there is something I could do to get rid of it? I don't know if she can get sick or anything. Winter is coming soon too so I know the ground will freeze Im not sure if that will kill them... but if anyone has any info on this please let me know. I've been worrying and havent really stopped thinking about it. I didnt want to rake any more up and bring them to the surface so I just left it for now.
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    09-17-2012, 01:50 AM
Sounds like you need Fly Predators and Chickens!
I'd also be worried about the moisture, nootttttt good for feet, sounds like you need some drainage work and new footing in there.
    09-17-2012, 07:55 AM
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They are just going to turn into more flies. They're a normal part of the life-cycle of flies and they need moist soil and manure (not just urine) to live.

I would put down some Sevin Dust or Malathion to kill them. Then I would spread down some lime and cover up the hole left behind with gravel.

Sometimes, you can 'talk' a horse into peeing outside of their run-in by putting a pile of dirty old hay or shavings just outside of it. They want to pee in a bedded place, even if it is bedded with manure so that it does not splash on their legs. Putting gravel down there and bedding a different spot may do it --- may not. Old habits can be pretty hard to break.
    09-19-2012, 05:41 PM
Thanks so much guys! Someone also told me about using bleach in those areas.. but Im not to sure, has anyone heard of that?

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