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    Is it normal that I'm ecstatic that I cleaned a straw-bedded stall quicker than anything else just right now?

    So I just came back in from mucking my about-to-foal broodmare's stall that is, of course, peeing every 30 minutes. No exageration.

    And seriously! Each year I hope to "get" how to muck a straw bedded stall and I think I just did. Woot! Now let's hope I do as well later today and.............. I'll be switching to straw I think! A tad cheaper and most importantly, much better for the environment!
    Last edited by EquusMagnificus; May. 19, 2012, 09:00 AM. Reason: Funnier title? ;)
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    Okay, I'll start. What IS the secret to mucking a straw bedded stall?

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      The secret is to just strip it everyday? Or bed the stall in straw and leave the horse outside.
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        I use a plain ol' plastic mucking fork, like for shavings, lightly pick through the straw, dump the manure, put the clean straw back in the stall. Don't pick too much, just the top of the layer.

        Search the pee spots, brush the dry straw away, pick up the wet straw, and throw in the wheelbarrow, as usual.

        I add a bit of shavings in the main pee spots.

        Litterally pick the new straw with the fork and swish it up against the wall to finish your stall with a nice bank around.

        I guess the key is to figure out how to pick the manure without picking up too much straw... A nice discovery for me was to use just a standard plastic fork, not a heavy metal one.

        And this was with a mare who stays in basically all the time for now. She's just about to pop and wants nothing to do with going outside... and walks around. And poops tiny bits spreaded everywhere...
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          Not only normal, but laudable

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            Thank you 2DogsFarm!!
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              Originally posted by Derby Lyn Farms View Post
              Or bed the stall in straw and leave the horse outside.
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                I really think the key is not to use a metal fork, and really do not hesitate to fluff it around as your search for poop balls and pee spots...

                In a nonchalant way... Again, with some shavings underneath, it becomes really really easy and a charm to handle. Not much waste and IMO, happier horses.

                Did it again, this morning, easy peasy.
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                  I love a stall freshly bedded with straw. Beautiful square banks and the middle laid fair!

                  But, then again it reminds me of my twenties.
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                    Originally posted by farmgirl598 View Post
                    Okay, I'll start. What IS the secret to mucking a straw bedded stall?
                    I like to muck stalls but I'm an old-fashioned 5-tine pitchfork kind of gal myself.

                    1. Toss all the easy to get loose dry straw into a clean corner(s).

                    2. Pick up the manure and perfect the wrist-roll that deposits the manure in the wheelbarrow leaving the relatively clean straw on the fork, toss in the corner.

                    3. Pick up the wet straw and deposit in wheelbarrow. Look at the fact that the horse that is a good drinker is a blessing as well as a curse.

                    4. Rake up the rest of the wet stuff, toss.

                    5. Rake the "hay" corner clean.

                    6. Pull down the "old" straw into the middle of the stall. Add a coating of fresh straw to the middle and bank the sides.

                    That's how I was taught to clean a stall about 40 years ago. Still do it that way. Takes about 10 minutes start to finish and looks so neat and tidy.
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                      Originally posted by mswillie View Post
                      I like to muck stalls but I'm an old-fashioned 5-tine pitchfork kind of gal myself.

                      1. Toss all the easy to get loose dry straw into a clean corner(s).

                      2. Pick up the manure and perfect the wrist-roll that deposits the manure in the wheelbarrow leaving the relatively clean straw on the fork, toss in the corner.

                      3. Pick up the wet straw and deposit in wheelbarrow. Look at the fact that the horse that is a good drinker is a blessing as well as a curse.

                      4. Rake up the rest of the wet stuff, toss.

                      5. Rake the "hay" corner clean.

                      6. Pull down the "old" straw into the middle of the stall. Add a coating of fresh straw to the middle and bank the sides.

                      That's how I was taught to clean a stall about 40 years ago. Still do it that way. Takes about 10 minutes start to finish and looks so neat and tidy.
                      Exactly! As I said, I found that the plastic fork was a lifesaver against my own enthusiasm. If I use a metal fork, I take too much at a time and basically, work too hard and strain my back.
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                      • #12
                        You can make it look clean just by stirring the straw! That stuff will hide anything from view... but not from smell.
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                          Yeah, but that's cheating.

                          Seriously! My stall is perfectly clean, and quicker than a stall bedded with shavings and I'm under "extreme" conditions of basically stall rest, stall walking, pooping and peeing non-stop. It's fantastic!
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                            Originally posted by EquusMagnificus View Post
                            Each year I hope to "get" how to muck a straw bedded stall and I think I just did. Woot! Now let's hope I do as well later today and.............. I'll be switching to straw I think! A tad cheaper and most importantly, much better for the environment!
                            Yay! IME it takes literally 1/3 the time to clean a straw stall compared to a shavings of similar messiness. 10 minutes to 30, or 5 minutes to 15, 3 to 9, you get the point

                            I also think it's more feasible to deeply bed a stall with straw than it is with shavings.

                            I clean them with a plastic fork. For me, the less weight on the end of the handle to swing around, the happier my back is

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                              Only horse people

                              1) would write the OP (btw, go EqMag!)

                              2) would eagerly open the thread to learn the secret



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                                Originally posted by Twisted River View Post
                                Yay! IME it takes literally 1/3 the time to clean a straw stall compared to a shavings of similar messiness. 10 minutes to 30, or 5 minutes to 15, 3 to 9, you get the point

                                I also think it's more feasible to deeply bed a stall with straw than it is with shavings.

                                I clean them with a plastic fork. For me, the less weight on the end of the handle to swing around, the happier my back is
                                Exactly! I'm
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                                  Originally posted by spirithorse22 View Post
                                  Only horse people

                                  1) would write the OP (btw, go EqMag!)

                                  2) would eagerly open the thread to learn the secret



                                  Guilty.
                                  ROTFL!

                                  Yeah, true that. Heck, I can blame it on sleep deprivation to boot.

                                  I'll even change the title!
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                                    Ummm very guilty reading, questioning the information, appreciated mswillie further advise ... starting thinking about using straw. Blast

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                                      BTW, we use straw exclusively at our stable of 70 horses, and we have a local mushroom farm which takes the straw/manure away
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                                        That's great!

                                        My neighbour is already happy to take my manure since he sold his herd of milking cows. They still grow oats, barley, wheat, soya, corn, etc. and need the good stuff.
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