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linites 10-17-2009 12:05 PM

Questionnare about dust in horse stables, from a Dutch girl for her study.
 
Hi everyone!

I am Tessa Koopen, a girl from The Netherlands and I am doing a horse-study in The Netherlands. The whole study is in English. I am sorry for some grammatical faults I make..

For a project about a new machine who gets dust out of haylage and bedding materials, I am doing research in the UK because I need to know if there are people are maybe interested to buy this machine.

I have made a short questionnare, with some questions about your stables/bussiness or maybe the stables where your horse stands.

If you want more information about this machine, contact me on my email adress. tessa_koopen@hotmail.com

Little more information about the machine:

We’re expected to make a project about a new machine. This machine gets dust out of hay and bedding materials, it’s a very interesting product for horse-owners with horses who’ve got troubles with the respiratoring system.
This machine is devised not so long ago, and is only on the market in the Netherlands. It’s presented at ‘Horse Event’, that’s a big event for horse-owners with a lot of shows and things like that.
The domestication of the horse and its use in sport and leisure are closely connected with stable housing. The air quality in horse stables is important with respect to the health of horses because the equine respiratory tract reacts very sensitively to airborne particles. Among other factors, the bedding material and roughage has an important effect on the stable air quality with respect to airborne dust. The aim of this study was to analyze the influence of a new dry cleaning method on the generation of different airborne particle fractions of diverse bedding materials and roughages under standardized laboratory conditions.

At the end of the test with this machine, the conclusions about it is that the new dry cleaning machine reduce the dust concentration of bedding materials till about 90% and of roughages till about 50%.


The questionnare:

- - - First I want to know what kind of horse-sport you’re doing at your business?
- - - Then I also want to know what kind of breed you have, and if you’re breeding with your horses?
- - - I also want to know how many horses you have on your stable? (or a value of it)
- - - As next I want to know what kind of stables are there in your stable? (Outside, inside, well/not well ventilated, straw or wood-curls or… as bedding materials, and if the roof of the building is high or not?..)
- - - Then I want to know what kind of roughages you’re feeding to your horses? And if there is no dust in it, a little bit, more than normal or a lot of dust?
- - - I also want to know if there are any horses at your stable who have a problem with the respiratoring system? And how many horses?
- - - And last but not least, are you (maybe) interested to buy this machine? Why yes or why not?

I wanna thank you for your attention and I hope you want to fill in my questionnare, It takes a little time from you and will help me a lot!


Greetings,
Tessa Koopen

My Beau 10-17-2009 02:19 PM

We don't have a commercial barn, but I can answer your questions based on ours.

- - - First I want to know what kind of horse-sport you’re doing at your business?
We event and do jumpers and dressage.

- - - Then I also want to know what kind of breed you have, and if you’re

breeding with your horses?
A Quarter Horse, a Thoroughbred and an Oldenburg. The TB just had a foal in May and we might breed her once more in a year or two.

- - - I also want to know how many horses you have on your stable? (or a value of it)
2 horses and 1 filly. Do you mean value of horses? Or stable? The horses are probably worth about $16,000. The stable is about $60,000.

- - - As next I want to know what kind of stables are there in your stable? (Outside, inside, well/not well ventilated, straw or wood-curls or… as bedding materials, and if the roof of the building is high or not?..)
3 stalls - all have large windows and 2 also have dutch doors. Well ventilated when everything is open. We bed with pine sawdust and our roof is low - probably 12 feet.

- - - Then I want to know what kind of roughages you’re feeding to your horses? And if there is no dust in it, a little bit, more than normal or a lot of dust?
We use 50-55 pound square bales. Orchard Grass or Orchard Grass/Timothy Hay mix. We feed it in hay racks, little to no dust (maybe a little from sitting in the barn - but nothing major).

- - - I also want to know if there are any horses at your stable who have a problem with the respiratoring system? And how many horses?
No respiratory problems :)

- - - And last but not least, are you (maybe) interested to buy this machine? Why yes or why not?
I'm not interested in the machine now (although I like the concept) because I have no use for it now. But, if we had a horse with bad respiratory problems I would definitely look into it!

eventerdrew 10-17-2009 02:44 PM

I don't have a commerical barn either, but I figured I could answer anyway :D

- - - First I want to know what kind of horse-sport you’re doing at your business?

I'm an eventer and occasionally a jumper

- - - Then I also want to know what kind of breed you have, and if you’re

breeding with your horses?
I have an American Warmblood mare (3/4 Thoroughbred and 1/4 Shire), and two off-the-track Thoroughbreds
- - - I also want to know how many horses you have on your stable? (or a value of it)
3 mares. One horse is around $10,000, another around $2,000, and the other around $11,000 give or take. I really don't like to put price tags on them though considering I got them all for free.
- - - As next I want to know what kind of stables are there in your stable? (Outside, inside, well/not well ventilated, straw or wood-curls or… as bedding materials, and if the roof of the building is high or not?..)
We have space for 8 stalls total but 3 of the stalls are finished and good to use. All with dutch doors. Very well ventilated, a fairly high roof, and we use pine shavings as our bedding.

- - - Then I want to know what kind of roughages you’re feeding to your horses? And if there is no dust in it, a little bit, more than normal or a lot of dust?
We get 50 pound square bales of brome (type of hay used in the Midwest). They are fed in a natural position which means that we put it on the ground, not in a hay rack which helps with their breathing and dust intake. Depends on the bale, but usually pretty mild dust.

- - - I also want to know if there are any horses at your stable who have a problem with the respiratoring system? And how many horses?
No diagnosed respiratory problems, though we do have one horse who coughs A LOT when it's too dusty.

- - - And last but not least, are you (maybe) interested to buy this machine? Why yes or why not?
I wouldn't be interested in it simply because I have great ventilation and I don't have a horse who would need it. If I had a horse with a respiratory problem, I would definitely take it into consideration

Scoutrider 10-18-2009 08:10 AM

Sorry, not a commercial barn either, but I can also answer for my home barn.
- - - First I want to know what kind of horse-sport you’re doing at your business? All-around pleasure riding: some dressage, western pleasure, hunters, and trail riding.

- - - Then I also want to know what kind of breed you have, and if you’re breeding with your horses? One registered QH gelding, and one mixed breed large pony gelding.

- - - I also want to know how many horses you have on your stable? (or a value of it) Just the two boys, the QH we got for free, but I would say is easily worth at least $5,000. The pony we got green broke for $500, but with his current additional training I would say is worth around $1,500 (shivers at putting prices on the boys!! :shock:)

- - - As next I want to know what kind of stables are there in your stable? (Outside, inside, well/not well ventilated, straw or wood-curls or… as bedding materials, and if the roof of the building is high or not?..) We have an old dairy barn, refitted with two 11x12 foot box stalls with Dutch doors. The stall with an exterior wall facing away from the weather has a window with a latchable door that is open all day (closed for the night to keep raccoons out :lol:) as long as the outside temperature is high enough that having it open doesn't make a cold draft. The cielings in the stalls and aisleway are probably about nine feet high. Reasonably well ventilated, and the horses get several hours of turnout daily as weather permits. We bed them in wood shavings/coarse sawdust.

- - - Then I want to know what kind of roughages you’re feeding to your horses? And if there is no dust in it, a little bit, more than normal or a lot of dust? We cut and bale our own fieldgrass/Timothy hay, usually with pretty low dust. We also feed ours from the ground (as opposed to a hayrack), hopefully decreasing falling dust into their noses and eyes. The pony habitually dunks his hay bite by bite into his water bucket on his own initiative, the QH gets his hay watered slightly in the driest times of summer when everything is dusty.

- - - I also want to know if there are any horses at your stable who have a problem with the respiratoring system? And how many horses? Nope, no respiratory problems with either horse.

- - - And last but not least, are you (maybe) interested to buy this machine? Why yes or why not? I don't think I would be interested in buying the machine right now, but if I had a horse with respiratory issues it would definitely be on my list of options to research.


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