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post #1 of 8 Old 01-04-2013, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Mucking Stalls, How Long Do You Take To Muck?

A better question for this topic is what do you do when all the stalls seem to dirty to get done in a reasonable amount of time (5-10 minutes per stall?) I've had a few jobs mucking stalls and I just started another one. There's 15 stalls plus sweeping, cleaning all the buckets (unless its below zero, then I just dump them and rinse with hot water and top them off with hot). These stalls are so dirty and there's tons of bedding. The clean bedding outside the barn under a tarp is a tan color. The bedding in the stalls is brown from people mixing it around with pee. It doesn't reek of urine but I could spend all day in each stall looking for poop. Is it bad for the horses to have dirty bedding even if the pee spot gets taken out everyday? I try my best to get most of the poop but I feel like all the stalls should just get stripped (which would take 5hours).
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-04-2013, 09:10 PM
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I don't keep track of time per stall but I spend about an hour cleaning 6 stalls, bringing in and feeding 6 horses and then feeding 2 more that live in a large run w/run-in sheds. Oh and feeding the barn cat if needed.

Bedding is always going to be a bit discolored unless you pick out every single little bit that is off-colored each day. Personally, I pick out the pee spot, as much poo as possible (always tiny bits because somebody had to play cuisinart) and as long as they bedding is dry and as clean as possible, call it good. When it's getting to be a yucky mess, I'll stop adding new and let it get down low, then take a shovel and shovel the whole stall out and start over.

I try and stagger it so I am only stripping 1-2 stalls on any given day.

I can strip the entire stall in maybe 5-10mins? Plastic grain scoop and just shovel into the wheelbarrow.
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I also don't keep track of time but it has typically been taking me an hour to put 4 horses out and put hay/water out and clean their stalls. It's winter so I have to bring their water buckets in every night/out every morning. I usually have to strip the filly's stall, hers is always the worst but the others might take 10 minutes at the most - that's with shavings, I'm getting a load of sawdust next week which makes stall cleaning a BREEZE for me.

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I'm one of those meticulous freaks that can't stand discolored bedding. My shavings are light and fluffy, and if not, they go in the wheelbarrow. To pick stalls twice a day, I spend about five minutes in each, with four stalls and two unfinished/run-in stalls. I strip stalls every 2-3 days, which takes 15-20 minutes per stall if I pull back the mats and scrape any loose bedding/manure out from underneath. My horses are stall pigs, which is why I strip so often.
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I really like Delfina's advice.

What's important to remember when you're in that situation, is that unless you strip every stall every day and then add new shavings, you're not going to be able to make a stall perfect in a reasonable amount of time. What I always did was remove the pee spots and all the poop I could get. What I did after depended on the barn owner- one liked new shavings added and then raked, with no shavings on the edges of the stall, one just liked new shaving added, one liked certain stalls done a certain way, etc. That way, most of the time, the stalls were pretty good until whatever time it was decided they needed to be stripped.

Some stalls get to a point where they just need to be stripped, no questions about it.

So, to get to my point, use your best judgement.

I'm not sure why people are mixing pee in their horse's bedding. You remove the pee spots first. You shouldn't be mixing clean or fresh bedding with pee.

Depending on how bad it is, you might need to strip all the stalls and start from scratch. If the stalls are really bad, you can spend all day in them removing stuff, but you're never going to really get them cleaned well. It sounds like this might be your situation:

These stalls are so dirty and there's tons of bedding.
The bedding in the stalls is brown from people mixing it around with pee.
I could spend all day in each stall looking for poop.
If you really feel the stalls should be stripped, talk to the owner of the barn. Explain things. Ask if anyone would be willing to help. Do you have any equestrian friends? Maybe they'd be willing to put in some time with you. Sometimes, you just need to get to the bottom of the matter. It may be painful, but it will be so much easier from there.
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I spend about 10-15 min on my horses stall. I pay for my bedding so I try to keep as clean as possible. That said 1 bag of shavings last 5 days. My bags are medium flake pine and are for 5.5 cu sq ft. But it covers the 12x14 stall just fine. My girl has learned to keep her poo in piles and a designated pee spot.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-06-2013, 10:48 PM
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I spend about 10 minutes a stall twice a day. We only have the two to do. I go in and pick up the poop piles, bc each poops in a corner now after much training. Then, all the shavings get pulled back and thrown to the sides and picked through and the pee spots scraped out and lymed. Then to the middle with everything, and a wheelbarrow of fresh shavings on top. The back outside corner and under food and water get scraped back, no shavings, and I don't bank the walls bc my horses walk them out like thy want them.
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