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    First thing I thought when I read the title was... do not use the stall

    We are using fly predators here this year. They get spread around the yard and manure pile but we also put two spoon fulls in the back of each stall. So the bugs travel around the stall and eat fly eggs before they hatch. When the stalls get mucked out, some bugs get taken out but with a new batch of bugs every two weeks the stalls get replenished regularly.

    I find the best way to keep the urine smell down is to clean them very well with lots of new dry shavings daily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zimalia View Post
    Why are you bringing the mare in? She's much better off foaling outside. It's cleaner, the air is far fresher.

    Just curious.
    Hummm; maybe so the OP can keep a close eye on the mare and help the mare if there are any foaling issues. Sure the air is cleaner/fresher outside but it can be VERY tough to monitor the mare that way. I would NEVER foal any of my mares outside. The con's out weigh the pro's for me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blazing Colours View Post
    Hummm; maybe so the OP can keep a close eye on the mare and help the mare if there are any foaling issues. Sure the air is cleaner/fresher outside but it can be VERY tough to monitor the mare that way. I would NEVER foal any of my mares outside. The con's out weigh the pro's for me...
    Just as you would never foal a mare outside, I will never foal a mare in a stall. The risks FAR outweigh the benefits. They are FAR better off outside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zimalia View Post
    Just as you would never foal a mare outside, I will never foal a mare in a stall. The risks FAR outweigh the benefits. They are FAR better off outside.
    Ah well; guess we will agree to disagree then...
    I have foaled out over 100 mares here on this farm and all were born in stalls with camera wired to the house. There have been several foals I would have lost if I let the mare foal on her own outside. Never lost a foal because it was born in a stall and I am always there to assit if need be.

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    I use PDZ also. I love it. It works wonders on my goat's stall! My horses don't use their stall other then to eat.
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    I foal all my mares in a stall also. several reasons for this. One is like has been stated I can keep a closer eye on them. The other and probable bigger reason is that we are very close to the state forest and the predictors are a plenty.

    As to the smell. It can get hard as you are most likely using straw. Which is not very absorbent. I know right now I am in the process of tarring out all my stalls and redoing the footing and putting them back together. Using a lot of lime under the gravel, screenings and mats. When I put each stall back together I am doing it so there is more ventilation for each stall. When I clean stalls I can see the air flow moving the bedding.

    There are several products on the market like have been stated. Over the years I have used all of them at one time of the other. Have not for years as if it gets bad I just pull out the mats and clean them with the pressure washer and put in new bedding. Bigger problem I have is one of my mares things she can **** through a well. Now that makes a mess.
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    Spalding Labs, the folks that put out fly predators have a product called Bye Bye Oder. I bought some this year when I ordered my predators and it seems to work really well...I use it in my house around the cat box area too!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blazing Colours View Post
    Hummm; maybe so the OP can keep a close eye on the mare and help the mare if there are any foaling issues. Sure the air is cleaner/fresher outside but it can be VERY tough to monitor the mare that way. I would NEVER foal any of my mares outside. The con's out weigh the pro's for me...
    Quote Originally Posted by Zimalia View Post
    Just as you would never foal a mare outside, I will never foal a mare in a stall. The risks FAR outweigh the benefits. They are FAR better off outside.
    NEVER is a very long time and is rather silly to say.

    Each mare and her pregnancy is different. I've let them foal in the pasture and I've foaled them out in stalls or small paddocks. Maiden mares or ones that have had problems in the past, I want them where they can be monitored and helped IF needed. Brood mares with a history of no problems, I have/might let them foal out in the pasture depending on other issues. I'm not about to leave any mare that is close out in a blizzard, hurricane, severe TS. If there are known preditors (coyotes; panthers/mountain lions; gators; wolves; bears; etc.); feral dog packs; irresponsible neighbors who let their dogs run loose.

    So far (knock on my head/wood), I've never lost a foal or mare. Rague had been a brood mare before we got her on 640 acres (she had been foaled on the same land as had her dam), hubby bought her and she foaled in a heated barn with no problems at all. 'Nelli lost her first foal (before she was mine) because she was left out in another 640 acre pasture and she foaled in the middle of a blizzard.

    Again NEVER is a very long time - I'll do what seems to right for each mare, each situtation - that's the only thing that makes any sense to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrhareiner View Post

    As to the smell. It can get hard as you are most likely using straw. Which is not very absorbent. I know right now I am in the process of tarring out all my stalls and redoing the footing and putting them back together. Using a lot of lime under the gravel, screenings and mats. When I put each stall back together I am doing it so there is more ventilation for each stall. When I clean stalls I can see the air flow moving the bedding.
    I was never able to use straw til we lived here - you couldn't get it in SW FL. It's a mess and nasty to use. What I found helped was to sprinkle some wood pellets under the favorite pee areas. They absorded, and could be gotten up much easier without the 'dust' of shavings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blazing Colours View Post
    Hummm; maybe so the OP can keep a close eye on the mare and help the mare if there are any foaling issues. Sure the air is cleaner/fresher outside but it can be VERY tough to monitor the mare that way. I would NEVER foal any of my mares outside. The con's out weigh the pro's for me...
    Quote Originally Posted by Zimalia View Post
    Just as you would never foal a mare outside, I will never foal a mare in a stall. The risks FAR outweigh the benefits. They are FAR better off outside.
    Y'all must have some obedient mares to NEVER have things happen where you don't plan them to! What happens at your respective facilities of a mare goes rogue and drops her foal where she doesn't have permission to??

    I use plain old Quicklime to dust over (cleaned out) urine spots. Really, the best way to keep the odor down is to vigilently pick the stall throughout the day. Also, the single unit stall fly mister sprays works GREAT for hot, sweaty horses confined to a stall.
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