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  • Dirty barn

    Hi there I have a question about Thrush we recently leased a barn and it has alot of poop I am one to muck every day this barn has never been mucked I’m digging up what looks like to be white mold but it smells just like thrush in a horses hooves can it grow in a barn?

  • #2
    I'm a bit unclear what you are describing.

    Have you moved into a barn that was left with stalls and paddocks full of old manure? Or are your horses creating more manure than you can cope with?

    if you have moved into a disgusting pig sty, then yes I would suggest cleaning everything out and scraping all the paddocks down to bare earth and the stalls down to cement or whatever the base is, before you move your horses onto the property. If the place has been left in a really bad state, you might need a small tractor or cat to do a good job scraping.

    Thrush is a fungal infection of the horse's hooves, and yes the organism is present everywhere but only some horses get a really bad overgrowth of it. That said, many rotting things smell similar to thrush, so we can't say for sure what you have growing in your barn unless you run a lab test on it.

    Hopefully you will get everything scraped out, washed down, sanitized, and clean footing or bedding installed before you move your own horses in.

    As you mention, stalls and paddocks should be picked out at least daily, and more often doesn't hurt either.


    • #3
      You are smelling and seeing fungus. Lives in dark dank places and loves old manure. Think old fashioned mushroom farming.

      We bought a similar place. Took weeks by hand with a pick axe and digging iron. Eventually got to clay base, let in the sunshine for a few weeks, added crusher layer and mats. It was a great little barn, but a lot of work. If you can get in with a skid steer or the like it will save you lots of time and sore backs. If it’s dry and dusty old poop wear a particulate mask. You don’t want to breath it in if it aerosolizes, esp if there were poultry housed there at some point.


      • #4
        Thrush in equines is caused by an anaerobic bacteria. It is not a fungus.

        Yeah, you probably have all sorts of interesting bacteria and fungus in layers of old manure. Dig it all out.


        • Original Poster

          Thank you, Scribbler, fourfillies, and Simkie, I am still trying to find my way around the site, but yes we moved into a barn that was full of manure so since posting I uncovered mold, rotten disgusting manure, urine, bugs it was over 2ft deep it was so disgusting but its clean, has been bleached 3 times walls scrubbed so thank you all again for your posts!


          • #6
            Glad you tackled it and got all that out. Bleach goes a long way toward killing of everything. Bleach kills everything. Then, evaporates into natural chemicals of the air and earth. Good stuff.
            Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.


            • #7
              Originally posted by AnotherRound View Post
              Glad you tackled it and got all that out. Bleach goes a long way toward killing of everything. Bleach kills everything. Then, evaporates into natural chemicals of the air and earth. Good stuff.
              do not apply to urine


              • #8
                Urine=ammonia, ammonia and bleach= Neuro toxin similar to wwwi mustard gas?
                I can never remember which common house hold cleaner not to combine with bleach, is it Comet?


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Chall View Post
                  Urine=ammonia, ammonia and bleach= Neuro toxin similar to wwwi mustard gas?
                  I can never remember which common house hold cleaner not to combine with bleach, is it Comet?
                  Comet's product label says

                  Do not mix with other products, especially toilet bowl cleaners or products that contain ammonia.