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  • Footwear for stall cleaning.

    Would love to know what everyone wears on their feet for cleaning stalls.

    I've been wearing tennis-type shoes, but I'm finding the urine has a tendency to eat through the soles pretty quickly.
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  • #2
    I wear Crocs.


    • #3
      Originally posted by shakeytails View Post
      I wear Crocs.
      Gross. No seriously. Not only are they not safe, but eww. Please do the ER staff a favor if you're going to insist on wearing inappropriate barn shoes and wear something that wont allow all of the soiled shavings and manure to actually get into your shoe.

      OP- what kind of tennis shoes are you wearing, and how many stalls are you mucking? I usually wear my Hunter wellies to muck, but wear my Converse/converse knockoffs a fair amount as well.... and those babies are going strong! Maybe I need to do more messy mare stalls.... hmmm.

      I really like my wellies... I basically live in them, they're comfy, keep my feet dry and clean- and tough enough to keep the lazy fat Morgan from destroying my feet too much when he can't be bothered to get off of them. Plus they make me feel like a cool kid. That part is super important.


      • #4
        Flip flops for the most part.

        I don't ever step in soaked bedding. It gets removed daily (while I'm standing on the dry stuff!).

        And I clean the stalls when the horses are out. Nothing unsafe about that.


        • #5
          I enjoy my Ariat Terrains

          I love my Ariat Barnyard Lace boots though

          I would go with the Terrains if you do a lot of walking
          The Barnyards are TOUGH and heavier.


          • #6
            Eh.... I don't, as a rule, step in manure or urine. It's a whole lot easier to pick it up with the fork or shovel when I'm not standing on it. And I bed on sawdust, not fluffy shavings. Generally if I get anything IN my shoes it's from walking down my sawdust aisle. I'm not particularly accident prone either- it's been years since I've been stepped on and unless you're wearing steel toes, boots really don't help much with that anyway. Yes I do clean stalls with the horses in, I'm not 'skeerd. There's only a few things I don't do in Crocs- I won't handle a stallion for breeding, mess with foals, or drive the tractor in them. I won't ride either- they don't fit in my stirrups and if bareback they like to fall off.

            I don't feel the need to feel like a "cool kid", my horses are well mannered enough not to step on people and even if they weren't- I'm smart/quick enough to keep my feet out from under theirs.


            • #7
              Generally I just wear my rubber boots, though I've been thinking about getting some of the shorter ankle ones, since the tall ones do get rather hot.
              "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
              -Edward Hoagland


              • #8
                Crocks - its cleaning up after my own horses, not a boarding barn.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by fordtraktor View Post
                  Flip flops for the most part.

                  I don't ever step in soaked bedding. It gets removed daily (while I'm standing on the dry stuff!).

                  And I clean the stalls when the horses are out. Nothing unsafe about that.

                  Me too.



                  • #10
                    Hey everyone: I can tell you exactly what to wear.

                    CLARKS MUCKERS. Go on www.ebay.com and type in Clarks Muckers. I buy them off ebay for my barn staff and we all wear them. Not only are they the most comfortable shoes I have worn (I can wear them all day) but they are waterproof and just plain wonderful.

                    I buy them used, mostly, and the used ones are like new. Sometime I get them new. Watch the ebay and get them when you see them going for about 9.99. DO NOT buy the ones that are selling for 40.00 or more. Watch and wait and you will get a bargain. The ones I normally find, new NOT on ebay sell for about $120- 130.00 so obviously they are great quality. Be bargain shoppers and you will love them. I do admit that I did pay about 18.00 for one pair. LOL
                    hunter/jumper ponies


                    • #11
                      Ariat Fat Baby's. Easy on, easy off and foot protection from hoof and poop.


                      • #12
                        Sugarbrook, those look so comfy! How do they run size-wise?


                        • #13
                          Mid length muck boots from TSC. Heavy rubber, easy off and on and comfy. They can be a bit hot but I only have five stalls to clean.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by shakeytails View Post
                            Sugarbrook, those look so comfy! How do they run size-wise?
                            Oooh, do tell. I may have to keep an eye out for those, but I have really short wide feet.

                            For clarification, it's not usually the stalls themselves that make me want my rubber boots on. Most of the stables I've worked at have had manure piles in spots that tended to collect water. Good because there was little or no run-off from the manure pile, but lots of wading through poopy slog getting in there to dump
                            "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
                            -Edward Hoagland


                            • #15
                              Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


                              • #16
                                Add me to the flip flop/croc list! I'm so glad I'm not the only one...


                                • #17
                                  NEW BALANCE TENNIS SHOES = comfortable and durable ~ IMHO ~

                                  In the winter insulated L.L. Bean "duck shoes" ~ three heights depending on how deep the SNOW is - slip on moccasin ; lace up and then taller slip on mid-calf ~ waterproof ~
                                  Last edited by Zu Zu; Aug. 13, 2010, 04:28 PM. Reason: addition
                                  Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                                  • #18
                                    Sperry duck shoes. Completely waterproof. They also last for years. Can NOT imagine cleaning stalls (even just my three!) in Crocks or flipflops.
                                    Donerail Farm


                                    • #19
                                      Most of the year I like the "mucker" type slip ons. I just got a pair of low cut Boggs that are pretty comfy, although i wish they came in half sizes. In winter I have tall fisherman's boots. They are insulated and I can be out for several hours before my toes get cold. I just have one horse at home, so my chores don't take that long. i never could wear "flip flops" for whatever reason. I like my crocs for gardening.


                                      • #20
                                        For 3 seasons, Ariat Terrains. For winter (like slight), the Mid length muck boots from TSC.
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