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post #1 of 3 Old 09-18-2017, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 3 Old 09-18-2017, 06:13 PM
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Here comes a book...

I use shavings but pelleted bedding should work near the same...
I use a manure fork like the Future Fork { }
Pick all the seen manure piles out.... sift the bedding gently so it is mainly manure left.
Once all manure is picked out I then start to scoop and toss to the walls all bedding/shavings...
Again, any manure will fallout and roll to the bottom of the pile forming against the wall where it can be scooped and disposed of.
You will hit a urine spot at some point...scoop and dump it as solid as possible so no other bedding gets soiled.
I then lime my urine spots to reduce any smell lingering... I use powdered lime.
After opening the entire stall of bedding, liming...I now start to close my stall.
Gently scoop one fork width at a time with a spreading motion across the stall... remove any pieces of manure now uncovered and exposed you previously missed.
When the stall is fully pulled down and re-picked of small pieces you are done...

At first it will take you some time to master cleaning, but after doing stalls this way you can clean, fully clean a stall in 10 minutes or less.
My 12'x12' box stalls are 10"+ in bedding and some of my horses use to be real piggies and I could still do a stall in this time-frame.
You use minimal bedding, with very little waste as you are throwing away only manure and a urine spot not just scooping and tossing forkfuls of bedding materials.

Some will comment that lime burns, it can, but it is not exposed to skin as it is buried under bedding and neutralizes the urine spot immediately.
I have never had a issue of a skin irritation or burn happen. I can tell you that lime is very cheap...and works just as well as any expensive stall freshener like PDZ...
Why spend $15.00 for a 25 pound bag when you can spend $3.00 for a 50 pound bag of powdered lime...

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post #3 of 3 Old 09-29-2017, 11:54 PM
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Once all manure is picked out I then start to scoop and toss to the walls all bedding/shavings...
Again, any manure will fallout and roll to the bottom of the pile forming against the wall where it can be scooped and disposed of.
Tried this today and it worked like a charm. Brilliant.
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