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post #1 of 12 Old 08-07-2014, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Desperately need help

my dad became ill and passed away. During that time his poor animals suffered. His horse poops in the stable and we did not get out to clean it for about a week. Its really bad. Its a HUGE pile of poop and I dont know what to do to get it all out and get the ground back normal. Im having a hard time keeping the horse out of the stable and she walks in it and has a hard time getting out. Its just a big mushy plie of crap. Any advise on how to get her home back to normal and a firmer ground for her to stand on would be greatly appreciated as I dont know much about the upkeep of a horse...thank you
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-07-2014, 06:55 AM
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Wheel barrel, pitch fork, and lots of fresh bedding along with a pale of stall fresh should do it. Start shoveling. After you get it clean , it needs to be done twice a day
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-07-2014, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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Do you think the poop has damaged the ground any? Or should I keep shoveling till I reach firmer ground? Its just so bad and she has a hard time getting out sometimes, she just sinks in it. I feel so bad we neglected her home while he was ill.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-07-2014, 07:09 AM
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Shovel until the ground is clean, add in fresh dirt if you need to. I use wall to wall mats, to help keep the cleaning chores down. The stall fresh will absorb the smell. One bucket should be enough, then use plenty of fresh bedding on top.
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post #5 of 12 Old 08-07-2014, 07:18 AM
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Id do exactly what bugzapper said as well. Get it all cleaned out, nice and even again, and put down a bunch of clean bedding for her to stand on.
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-07-2014, 07:21 AM
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Sorry for the loss of your dad.

The horse and it's barn/shed will be fine. It will take a lot of heavy work for you, but you can do it.

Get what you can out of there, and you'll better know what you are dealing with.
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post #7 of 12 Old 08-07-2014, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I feel so overwhelmed with this. Im about to head over there while its still early and not too hot. Im a little wuss and this is going to take me forever to even make a dent.
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post #8 of 12 Old 08-07-2014, 07:50 AM
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I would block her out for a couple days to let that spot really dry out. After all the poop is gone it couldn't hurt to ahovel out area, throw a layer of RCA down then cover it with dirt. That will give you an added layer of drainage.
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-07-2014, 08:33 AM
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So sorry to hear about your dad :/

I agree with PP's, a shovel, wheel barrel and some muscle is the only way to get it out. Do you have a friend who you could persuade to help you? Maybe in exchange for the help y'all can have a girls night and order pizza to help get you out of the house and barn and have a little fun?

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post #10 of 12 Old 08-07-2014, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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well I have a friend that is gonna come by and look at what Im up against. I was out there for 3 hours and didnt get anywhere. It is just too mushy and I dont think I would ever find firm ground. I have closed the fence to it so she cant get in right now. Shes not happy about it as she likes being in there more than she does the pasture. My folks dont have alot of money and his death is going to have even less for her to live on so I have to do this the best I can without too much help.
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