Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
Help turn me into a stall management and cleaning expert
I've had horses for a few years now, but they've always been kept outdoors in shelters where cleanup was mostly limited to poo-picking. We're about finished building our barn now and plan to bring the horses in for feeding 2x a day (they'll have hay outside) and also when the weather is really terrible (we get hellacious rain and sometimes hail here, temps usually not lower than 0 Celsius but with wind chill much lower sometimes.)
We're bedding using wood pellets (fluffed with a bit of water). The flooring in our boxes is dirt over drainage layers (large and small rock). The horses will only ever be able to get to the dirt part as it's quite deep and packed down solid with a vibraplate.
I'd love to hear your techniques for stall cleaning and maintenance. I've watched videos and read articles, but that can't beat the real-world advice I always find here! Thanks in advance.
“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare