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post #1 of 10 Old 07-07-2013, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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stall mucking experts..:)

What is the correct way to muck stalls??? just today I am back from horse camping where I saw everyones stalls were immaculate, not one drop of horse poop left, everything raked even and beautiful! do I not have the right tools, I use a standard(?) manure rake, never paid attention to tine amounts or matter what little manure balls are I ask humbly....I want perfect stalls you use and tricks of the trade?

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-07-2013, 08:07 PM
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As far as tools go, all you really need is the manure fork( or whatever you call it) and a broom if you want to de cobweb or sweep the bedding to the back of the stall after you've cleaned it.

To be honest, there aren't really any tricks. When you get to the wet spots dig under them and flip them over then pick up the wet stuff(this is the way I was taught, and it seems to work well). As far as the "manure balls" go, you have to take the extra time to sift them out if you want it to look better.
Other then that you just have to be thorough, remember, it's not so much about how it looks, it just needs to be clean If you want it too look neat for a little while, you can always throw the bedding around and mix in anything you missed so it looks even

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I am very anal about my horses stalls. They get cleaned every morning by the barn owner but I have to clean every evening. I get every little scrap of poo out and as much of the wetness that I can. My horses have a stall with ajoining paddock and most of the mess is outside. I use a pitch fork for the piles and a leaf rake to get the fine stuff. They have rubber mats in the stalls so I pick up any poop in there and sweep up the left over hay and dirt. Twice a month I take a bit of bleach in a bucket of warm water and wash down the mats due to them peeing in the stall. I told you , I am ANAL about their stalls.
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-12-2013, 05:06 PM
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Well cleaning stalls is my job. Between me and whoever is helping that day I have to get 32 stalls clean before noon. These stalls are bedded deeply with straw. Because of this I set a time limit of 5-10 min per stall. First I go through and find the clumps of poo then I turn the entire stall upside down to find the wet spots. Remove any lose poo rolling around then fluff up the straw and make it even. It takes time to really get your own rhythm to it. I will be doing 2-3 stalls per 1 to any newcomers to the job. Some people pick it up quickly and some take a few weeks.
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-12-2013, 06:09 PM
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ive found that if I dont lock my horse in a stall he wont poop in them.
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-12-2013, 06:17 PM
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Are you using something like this?

Manure and Bedding Fork with Handle -

If so, just rake through it all, until you have everything and then sweep the shavings back neatly. It's just effort to get all the small pieces.
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-12-2013, 06:29 PM
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I start with a four tined fork to get out wet spots and bigger chunks of manure. Then I move to a metal manure fork with eight tines that are quite close together - this is very good for picking up poo bits in straw. I also use a plastic manure fork (probably 12 tines close together) for picking bits out of shavings). Of the two, by the way, the metal one works OK in both straw and shavings; the plastic one only works OK in shavings. The reason I do it this way is, for me at least, the fastest and most efficient method. The four tine "slides" through the straw easily and gets the bulk of the big waste stuff out of the way quickly; the eight tine (because it has so many tines) is harder to push through the straw so is reserved if needed for picking up the small stuff that's left behind or fell off the fork.
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-12-2013, 06:52 PM
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I pick up all the pee spots first. You can use a dust pan and broom to get the stuff that sticks to the stall mats. Then I pick up all the piles. To get the straggler pieces of poo I bank the shavings by throwing the shavings up against the wall. Usually I have three piles, one on each wall without the door. I pick up whatever falls out. Then I go through the banked stuff and toss it against the wall again and watch the turds fall out. I'll do it as many times as it take to get all the stragglers out. It goes pretty quick!
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Originally Posted by newbierider View Post I ask humbly....I want perfect stalls you use and tricks of the trade?
At the boarding barn down the road there is a lady that goes through her horse's stall on her hands and knees to pick up all those tiny manure pieces that fall through the manure fork, but you not want to go that far.
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At the boarding barn down the road there is a lady that goes through her horse's stall on her hands and knees to pick up all those tiny manure pieces that fall through the manure fork, but you not want to go that far.
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A friend of mine does that in her barn...she can't stand ANY manure in the stall when she cleans.

I am a clean stall freak as well but I don't get that crazy. I pick out the wet spots, clean out as much manure as I can, rake through all of the shavings to fluff them up and to check for what another friend of mine refers to as "buried treasure" and then re-rake the shavings to the same level all around the stall. The shavings are "fluffed" and level but not flattened..if that makes sense.

The person that taught me to clean stalls said the cushioning needs to be even but as anyone has ever found out, a horse may go into a stall with even cushioning but it doesn't last long :). One horse I had would literally pout if he didn't get to spread his own shavings and HE certainly never had even cushioning when he did the spreading.
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