Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
Rubber stall mats, strong smell of urine...is that normal?
We are boarding my daughter's horse at a local club to get him back in shape. He's in a paddock during the day and brought into a box at night and during bad weather (something new for him and us). These stalls are concrete floors with a thick rubber mat over the top, probably a couple inches thick. They are made by a German company called Sagustu.
Whenever my daughter is there, even just to groom her horse for 15 minutes, she comes home smelling of urine. It's so strong, she has to take her clothes off and put them outside immediately and take a shower and wash her hair. Anything that goes into the barn stinks of this....saddle, cinch, leg protection, clothing, hair... I can smell it in any soft material from several feet away.
I told the owner, and he was offended. But he called the company, and they told him he only had to clean under the mats once per year. He does it twice per year. They told him it's the scent of rubber that I'm smelling. But WTH, I know the difference between rubber and urine! The barn owner smokes a lot, so I am going to assume he doesn't notice it because the smell of his smoke is stronger and his sense of smell is dulled. Also, I don't know that he cleans the top of the mat at all. He just puts straw down and replaces it daily.
At my request, he disinfected the stall. It didn't help. The urine is in the air somehow. And it's not an ammonia smell, but actual horse urine.
Does anyone have experience with this? And if so, how do we fix it? How are these mats supposed to be cleaned? I can't keep my horse there if it continues and I really like the training he does with the horse and my daughter.
Thanks in advance for any help.
“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