It's that time of the year again...the snow has finally melted and I must deal with the disgusting mat of wasted hay in the horses' run out area. My horses like to pull their hay out of the tubs I put it in, scatter it around under the overhang, pee and poop on it, and grind it into the ground. At the end of the winter when I can finally clean it up, it's a nice, thick mat. I'm switching back to baled hay and putting it in hay nets, but I still need to address the mess left behind.
In the past, I've used a small tractor to dig up the mess and then I muck it into an RTV. I cannot manage to get the bucket of the tractor to scoop up the muck (it's a pretty small bucket), so I just use it to drag the mess out. This is tiring and takes forever. Is there an easier way?? The big tractor is too big to fit through the gate to the area.
Last edited by mg; Apr. 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM.
Hard, dirty work, I only have to clean up around 3 boxes, they still toss hay out of them and grind it in. I do it by hand also, steel rake and hands, kind of fun once it starts to peel up, but very heavy, wet and muddy to move. Love my RTV!
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By hand; I try to do it two or three times during the winter, but we don't have long-term snow covers to work around. I like to have some cheaper "munching hay" for them to pick on during the day when I'm at work, so I always have some waste in the spots where I put this out. But it's the only way I can be sure there's something edible in the dry paddock all day during the winter.
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I use cash and riding lessons, a strong young teenage son and a horse-mad 10 year old neighbor. Add hefty food and beverages with some magikal Power of the Mom and grab shovels and forks for all of us.
Rack up in several piles to allow to dry ..... Toss as needed. 2 options, mow over it, you may have to spread the piles out a little to mow well. Or ... bag and toss as in garbage pickup.... Like bagged leaves that might be picked up