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So here's a question: What do you consider the ultimate pooper scooper tool that you can't live without?

I'm currently using pelleted bedding for the horses and I love it. I use the plastic dura-fork and it makes stall cleaning soooooo much easier for me.

BUT, my horses are not loving it. :( No matter how much I water it down, they're still waking up dusty and sniffly (night turnout is NOT an option here). So, I'm contemplating switching back to shavings despite the fact that I hate them.

Anyone have a magic trick for cleaning stalls with shavings? Any secret weapon in their arsenal? Shovel? Fork? Little brother that accepts bribes?
 

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Big fan of the Super Fork. I believe it's in the same family as the Dura-Fork.
 

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Shake N Fork MANURE FORK, regular/mini-tine, basic/motorized, easier cleaning

These are the absolute BEST. They're tough, the company stands behind the product and they cut your cleaning time in 1/2 or more.

Normally I buy my shavings in bulk, but right now I'm using pelleted bedding. I have never had a horse have respiratory issues with the bedding, are you sure it's not an allergy to some other kind of pollen?

I vastly prefer the pelleted bedding but when I can buy a pallet for around $250 and a truckload of shavings that will last me 6 months is the same price....I gotta go with shavings.
 

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i dont lock my horses in stalls, feed textred feed and have a bunch of free range chickens. I never pick up poo
So why did you post in the thread, then? Your situation is completely different from hers if you'd actually bothered to read her post. :?

Dream, you may lurve those electronic forks, but they're not cheap. Plus, the day I can't manually shake a manure fork is the day I get rid of my horses.
 

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So why did you post in the thread, then? Your situation is completely different from hers if you'd actually bothered to read her post. :?

Dream, you may lurve those electronic forks, but they're not cheap. Plus, the day I can't manually shake a manure fork is the day I get rid of my horses.
Yes, they are not cheap. When I bought them I was cleaning 40 stalls plus turnouts a day and they made life a lot easier. I don't know how old you are, SR, but I'm 56 and very arthritic. I'll take all the help I can get, be it from a manure fork or a tractor or a manure spreader.
 

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I use the plastic forks and just shavings, the best part is having so many volunteer children to help clean stalls for you :p
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I guess I'm the only one who still prefers straw bedding.......
After German race track training I do a straw stall as fast and clean as a shavings stall...and it seems so much more comfy....;-)
 

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I guess I'm the only one who still prefers straw bedding.......
After German race track training I do a straw stall as fast and clean as a shavings stall...and it seems so much more comfy....;-)
Straw here costs $7/bale. Pelleted bedding is $5/bag and flakes by the bag are $4.75. I can buy shavings at $250 the truck load for a 15 cu. yard load and that will last me 6 months. Maybe longer now that I'm down to 5 horses. A pallet of flakes or pellets is also $250 and at 5-8 bags per stall for a complete strip, I can barely strip and re-bed with a pallet. I use straw for 2 weeks in a foaling stall and then switch back to shavings.
 

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Thanks for all the responses!

Yep. The Superfork does look very similar to mine.

Joe, I'll trade you chickens. We have tons of them running alllllll over the place, but they don't clean quite as much as that.

I'd love to leave the horses free range 24/7, but we have predators of the 2 legged kind. I'm completely surrounded by city folk and teenagers so my guys are locked in at night with the barn dogs so I know they can't be turned loose to run down the highway. People can be quite special some times.

Dreamcatcher, I had no idea they made motorized forks and now I'm drooling with jealousy. Drooling. :) I do work an office job, so I consider stall cleaning a form of exercise, so no motor for me yet. Someday though...

I'm pretty familiar with allergies, having dealt with them in the past with a different mare so I'm pretty sure it's not that. The two geldings have been here for a long time and there were no issues until switching bedding. I'm wondering if the TSC brand of pellets is lousy. They turn to dust super fast.

My plan is to switch back to shavings and see how it goes. If there's not a change I'll call the vet for a consult. Thankfully, it's nothing too serious, just the sniffles, but I want to be proactive as much as I can.
 

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Thanks for all the responses!

Yep. The Superfork does look very similar to mine.

Joe, I'll trade you chickens. We have tons of them running alllllll over the place, but they don't clean quite as much as that.

I'd love to leave the horses free range 24/7, but we have predators of the 2 legged kind. I'm completely surrounded by city folk and teenagers so my guys are locked in at night with the barn dogs so I know they can't be turned loose to run down the highway. People can be quite special some times.

Dreamcatcher, I had no idea they made motorized forks and now I'm drooling with jealousy. Drooling. :) I do work an office job, so I consider stall cleaning a form of exercise, so no motor for me yet. Someday though...

I'm pretty familiar with allergies, having dealt with them in the past with a different mare so I'm pretty sure it's not that. The two geldings have been here for a long time and there were no issues until switching bedding. I'm wondering if the TSC brand of pellets is lousy. They turn to dust super fast.

My plan is to switch back to shavings and see how it goes. If there's not a change I'll call the vet for a consult. Thankfully, it's nothing too serious, just the sniffles, but I want to be proactive as much as I can.
You know what, I have used the TSC pelleted bedding and didn't much like it. It was kinda dusty/crumbly, not as nice as other brands. If that's where you shop, check and see if they have the corn cob bedding, I tried some of that and it was awesome stuff. I didn't have solid flooring in my barn at the time and I didn't like it on dirt, but on a solid floor, I'd have LOVED the corn cob one.
 

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Yes! They do have the corn cob bedding. I'll definitely try that first. I was beginning to think all pelleted bedding was dry and super dusty.

The stalls do have solid floors with rubber mats so that should work very well. Thank you!
 

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Straw here costs $7/bale. Pelleted bedding is $5/bag and flakes by the bag are $4.75. I can buy shavings at $250 the truck load for a 15 cu. yard load and that will last me 6 months. Maybe longer now that I'm down to 5 horses. A pallet of flakes or pellets is also $250 and at 5-8 bags per stall for a complete strip, I can barely strip and re-bed with a pallet. I use straw for 2 weeks in a foaling stall and then switch back to shavings.
Yeah, price is a consideration. I probably would do shavings, if it wasn't for all that leftover oat hay, actually more straw than hay, cut late, which is basically turning into bedding for the run-in 's. So very little straw is actually needed;-)
 
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