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post #1 of 2 Old 12-25-2013, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Horses now keep stalls clean themselves!

As a new horse owner I decided to build a run-in with 2 - 12 x 12 stalls for our Thoroughbred (gelding) and Hackney (mare). At first we had a dirt floor which quickly became unmanageable with muck and mud. I then tried gravel dust about 4" thick. This was definitely a step up and worked well during the summer but we had a wet Winter and it seemed that we were back to ground zero wearing the rubber boots! I then purchased some used stall mats and placed them over some fresh gravel dust. Again this was a step up but when it got wet again the mats shifted and muck and mud oozed up between the mats and the mats soon disappeared.
I had had enough! So I got my Bobcat and pulled it all out and concreted the entire stall area including a 24" walkway in front of the stalls. I put about a 1/4" slope on the floor and power-washed the mats and replaced them over the concrete. What a difference! And the horses obviously agreed! I NO LONGER HAVE TO MUCK! The horses do all there business outside in the field! The most I do now is sweep a little uneaten hay from the stalls and I do mean little - they even kick out the bigger pieces themselves! I'm sure that you "old pros" will laugh at all this but hopefully it will help a novice! I learned the hard way!
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post #2 of 2 Old 12-25-2013, 11:17 AM
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That is awesome! Ella, who is a KSMH, always goes outside to do her business, as far back as she can go. She is a very tidy gal. To have two horses like that is a dream come true! You are a lucky man.

Plus, I wish I had your skills and equipment! I have a family leasing half our acres for their 6 cows and they own a pipeline company. They laid pipe to our far pasture for a water trough, laid conduit from our house to our barn so we can bury the electrical wires, and moved some dirt around the barn to drain water away from it. I have at least 10 more projects for them, but I know I am asking too much already. Hmmph. Maybe in the spring....
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