Urine, urine, gallons of urine
I folks! Been a very long time since I've been here. :)
I'm having a problem in my barn with massive amounts of urine. The stalls are drenched and no matter what I do, I cannot get it dry.
I have a 15+ year old barn with a cement slab with 3/4" rubber mats in all stalls. I use shavings to bed. My horses are out on pasture all day. The pasture is fertilized and very lush and healthy. The water content in the grass is high. So they come in at night and pee gallons. (Sorry this is crude):shock:
I use a generous amount of shavings and the mats and floor under the mats are drenched. I have tried more shavings which is expensive which didn't fix the issue. I have tried "stall dry" which is a clay-like powder. It helped a bit but urine still makes it's way under the mats
Obviously this is not healthy and I'm sick of it. I have tried pulling the mats, washing out, only to be flooded the next day. My mats are old. They are almost 16 years old. Is it just time to replace them and try for a tighter seams? There are some gaps.
The foundation has settled over 16 years so I now have pee running into the aisle from one stall. Would love some feedback to help me resolve or at the very least improve my situation.
Thanks so much for reading!
Put a layer of pellet bedding under your shavings. Soo much better for urine.
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Have you tried the pelleted bedding and sawdust rather than shavings? IME, sawdust has been more absorptive than shavings. The pellets might work well with the sawdust and the Stall Dry stuff.
I've used a layer of lime in my dog kennels to control odor. maybe a layer of lime over the cement followed by a layer of sawdust or pellets? Unfortunately with the cement there is not much you can do since it has nowhere to drain.
Have you considered leaving the horses out overnight and letting them pee au natural? That would eliminate the problem. They'd probably prefer being outside.
I have not tried pelleted bedding. is this like Woody Pet? Will give that a try! Thank you. I like my horses in at night. No one is picking on another and I don't have to worry about wild animals.
I think the barn where I board uses Equine Fresh pelleted bedding, but I imagine it all works pretty well the same. I agree that a layer of lime at the base may help, too.
Thank you everyone. I will try the pelleted bedding.
I had this problem as well and started pulling my mats every few weeks and sprinkling lyme underneath them, it really draws all the moisture out and helps keep it dry but it is a back breaking job. It did help a little but the biggest impact was switching my bedding to local sawdust from a lumber mill. It really absorbs the urine and keeps it contained to a small spot rather than being able to flow everywhere. Its also much easier to pick out my stalls now and I have MUCH less wasted bedding (even my manure pile is smaller and breaks down faster!!! ). In my area one pickup truck load does roughly about 5 12x12 stalls a week for only $20 but you can usually get them delivered in larger quantities for under $100.
I also tried pelleted bedding too. It worked well but was not cost effective for me and too time consuming as each bag has to be watered down in order to puff up and absorb urine (if not you are left with rock hard pellets that are hard to walk on and roll all over the place so I can only imagine what my horses would think of them). Plus when you water them and they puff up and break apart, they literally turn into a pile of fine sawdust!!! It took 5-6 bags to do my 12x12 stalls and only lasted about 1 week for my really messy guys. I'm sure you can find youtube videos on pellet bedding to help you decide what would be best for you. Depending on where you are it may be more cost effective for you, just wasn't for me. That being said however, I would use pellets any day over shavings after seeing how much better they absorb and how much easier and less time consuming it was cleaning stalls.
Thank you GrittyCowgirl! Glad to know someone else has/had the same problem. I would also pull my mats and it was pointless. Just flooded the next day.
I have started using Stall Dry and that has helped. I am going to try pelleted bedding in one stall and see how it is and how much it costs. This is so frustrating. Thanks again.
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