Stalls/Paddocks Cleaned 5 Days a Week (Box Stalls Cleaned Daily)
The average 1,000-pound horse produces 50 pounds of manure and urine per day. Cleaning stalls is critically important to horses’ overall health, especially in controlling disease outbreaks. A dirty or improperly mucked stall can lead to many health problems, including thrush, cellulitis, as well as breathing, and skin problems. A horse’s health is compromised if they lie in its own manure or urine-soaked bedding.
If a horse stands around or is continually exposed to wet bedding in its stalls, they are at risk of developing the bacterial infection thrush. Thrush is a painful disease in the hoof and occurs when bacteria accumulate in the softened sole due to prolonged exposure to moisture. Thrush can be difficult and unpleasant to treat. The ammonia fumes from urine can cause irritation to a horse’s lungs. Keeping stalls cleaned removes all the urine-soaked shavings to reduce the risk of thrush and unhealthy ammonia vapor.