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Days horses dont get turned out
On days the weather is really bad the horses where I board dont get turned out. Thats fine with me but it kind of bothers me that the horses stalls dont get cleaned twice...is it too much to expect a boarding stable to clean the horses stalls( at least somewhat) later in the day when they have decided to leave the horses in?
If the people aren't scheduled to hang around and clean twice, then yes, it's asking too much. If you want to pay more in board to have it done, suggest it to the BO.
If it's not in your boarding contract and you want it done either do it yourself or offer to pay extra to the BO for someone to do it.
I don't think i've ever boarded anywhere that would do stalls twice a day when horses were left in. Not even the nicest of show barns.
The BO where my horse is does clean the stalls twice (morning and evening) if the weather is so terrible they can't go out... the barn is on a very strict schedule. Otherwise, I do not know of any other place that does it.
What does your contract say? That is something that should have been talked over between you and the BO/BM before you moved in. If it states that stalls will be done once a day, then you can't do anything about it expect pick up a wheelbarrow and do it yourself.
Your perspective changes when you muck yourself. Mine have been in for 2 days straight and the manure load triples compared to the stall cleaning when they are turned out 1/2 the day.
It's perfectly acceptable to only clean 1x/day. Horses that have their stalls cleaned that often try to keep them as clean as possible so that they have a dry, clean place to lay down. You don't have to strip the entire bedding every time. In fact, I only have to clean up the urine soaked bedding, and apple pick the manure, then a use a broom to push yesterday's bedding onto those spots, and add some new. They pick their spots and pee and poo in the same places. My three really need brushing, but my neighbors can see the one side of clean shavings sticking to their coats from the night before.
My new place turns out everyday, unless its a hellish blizzard, and the owners go back over at night and pick the stalls at around 8pm....it makes sense, it's cleaner and it makes cleaning in the morning so much easier. Even some full time staff at big barns haven't figured that out yet........more work and stink for them I guess.....
Bed your stall with pellets... it keeps your stall nice and dry even when they are in all day. When I switched my mare from shavings I put 5 bags of pellets in and now I only need to add two bags a month at the most, and she is deep bedded. I love it. Her pee spot doesn't spread out so her stall stays dry. She poops in one corner. When the pellets break up its great. I buy my own bedding even though I board my horse. The week day staff have thanked me for switching because it makes things so much easier lol. They work great for messy horses too and even when they are in all day their stalls are not as bad. When they were on shavings we would dread doing their stalls after being in all day. Since they went to pellets their stalls are so much better. I do the barn on the weekends so I see for myself how much of a difference it makes.
please dont act like i dont ever clean stalls or am unwilling to do it myself, i have worked cleaning stalls before and i do end up cleaning them!! its just difficult for me coming after work at night and finding out they were left in bc then i dont have bedding for them wee arent allowed to use extra! then i can clean them but they are emptyy!
Glad to hear it! =D
Lots or lurkers or just ppl here reading/not responding who might not know these things.
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