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and still going strong!
Well sort of.... Think of this. HOW MANY stall mats pay for them selves? NONE DO. But with Stall Skins they DO. Simply put, you are not throwing your money away each time you are throwing out your manure.
-----Original Message----- From: Jodie Briggs Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2012 5:58 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Stall Liners
First of all I wanted to thank your husband for
delivering the stall liners to me on his way to Duluth! I really
appreciated it! Secondly, I wanted to tell you how much I LOVE the
liners. I dug the leech pits as directed and then put down the liners.
I am using the pelleted cedar bedding and most days I can barely find
where they are peeing! I am throwing out the manure, very little bedding
and so far I'm just scraping the pee spots - letting them air dry and
then putting the bedding back over the top. I love how the plastic pitch
fork slides over this material. It makes cleaning so much easier. I hope
they work as well in the winter in an unheated barn. For now, I am
wondering why every horse owner isn't using these liners!
----Original Message----- From: HIll VIew Farms Sent: Friday, June 29, 2012 4:33 AM To: Jodie Briggs Subject: Re: Stall Liners
I KNOW on the stall liners/stall skins - they are soooo wonderful. AND you will not be disappointed come winter either!!! I've had them for YEARS and love them each day I muck stalls! People just are slow to change, I guess... they do not know what they are missing. Thank You. Sincerely, ~Cathy Sheets Tauer -"Helping one customer at a time" B.S. Animal Science, Certified Equine Massage Sports Therapist - President of Hill View Farms. For a free catalog of "Proven Products for Horse and Rider", to place an order / have questions: Fax, email or call 507-723-5937, Toll Free 866-723-5937, Cell 507-276-8571. Full retail store, saddle & tack repair, distributor of ToeStoppers & Evolutionary Saddles. Hill View Farms, 41564 Co. Hwy 4, Morgan, MN 56266. Add www.hillviewfarms.com to your favorites.
Soooo......... Have you heard of Stall Skins?
If not here is the scoop: Stall Skins are the alternative to rubber mats! Stall Skins are the ultimate stall and paddock liner that costs 50% less than rubber mats. Lightweight, durable, easy to clean and most importantly, Stall Skins are water permeable! That means your bedding stays dry and your horse stays clean. Dirt floors develop holes which need constant leveling, create dust (which is constantly inhaled) and bedding that is always contaminated with dirt. When you clean your stalls you are continually removing some of the fill that you will need to replace. Solid rubber mats have helped solve these problems, but in turn have created problems of their own. Rubber mats are expensive, bulky and heavy to handle, and tend to shift. But their biggest drawback is their inability to let urine drain through. This means large volumes of expensive urine-soaked bedding has to be removed daily and the soil underneath can never dry out from the urine that leaks through the seams and makes a nasty slimy moldy stinky mess under the mats. Enter the Stall Skin solution! Skin comes in roll (like a carpet). Lay it down, fasten to wall, and fill with bedding.
Stall Skins are designed to allow water and urine to pass through, leaching naturally into the subsoil. Bedding stays dry and lasts 2 to 3 times longer. During periods of rain, outdoor paddocks remain mud free. If needed, simply pouring disinfectant/deodorizer (e.g. Pinesol and water) through the can treat urine-soaked areas. This will help combat harsh ammonia buildup. The simple installation system makes Stall Skins easy to use indoors and even in outdoor paddocks during periods of rain, outdoor paddocks remain mud free. Installation instructions included with each Stall Skin.
Stall Skins are lightweight (12 x 12 = 40 lbs.) one-piece stall liner, which will not shift in your stall.
Stall Skins are lightweight (12 x 12 = 40 lbs.) one-piece stall liners, and will not shift in your stall. (We pay 5.00 for a bag for shavings, we used to use a bag every other day. Now we use a bag a week (with daytime turnout). Folks--- this is a NO-BRAINER.)
Stall skins are an economical investment and are an alternative to rubber mats! Stall Skins are the ultimate stall liner that costs 50% less than rubber mats. Lightweight, durable, easy to clean and the ONLY mat to PAY for itself!
Stall Skins are preferred over well-drained dirt floors. They will not allow the horse to dig holes that need constant leveling. They control dust that dirt floors create and keep the dirt from mixing with the bedding and being thrown out, thus saving your stalls earthen floor.
Stall Skins are safe. They will not allow your horses foot or leg to get caught, his shoe to be pulled off; nor do they get slippery when wet - great for newborn foals.
Stall Skins save time when cleaning stalls: Remove just what you have to, and cut your time by one third. Since we at Hill View Farms started using Stall Skins, we are wasting absolutely nothing, not to mention that our manure pile now is a fraction of the size it use to be!
Stall Skins make great cushion barriers for stone or concrete walls or any wall for that matter. At Hill View Farms we tested the stall skin as a covering over a stall wall. The skin cushions the concussion of a horses kick, protects the wall against damage but most importantly helps to protect the horse's hoof against potential injury from a debilitating kick.
Stall Skins - how long do they last? Stall Skins have been in use since 1995 and are still going strong.
What you need to do
* GeoTextiles are non-woven polypropylene materials that were initially designed for use under roadways, landfills, railroad beds and pond liners. Polypropylene does not rot and can withstand most harsh chemicals and adverse conditions. Stall Skins spent 4 years testing geotextile materials and developed their own product to be used specifically as a stall and paddock liner. After initially testing geotextile materials for the horse industry, Stall Skins found that off-the-shelf product could not withstand the punishment of everyday barn life. So, founder Steve Rauch developed his own geotextile formula, which after years of testing stands up to even the toughest horses.
relaxed form, Stall Skin are 5 pennies thick (3/8th inch
thick) This makes
STALL SKINS are truly Stall Savers
STALL SKINS save you money! Period.
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instruction for Stall Skins
Stall Skin is the ONLY stall mat that literally pays for itself in 6 months, in bedding costs that are NOT thrown away with the manure.
Step 1: Prep Stall Area
Step 2: Stall Skins placement
Step 3: Trim
Step 4: Install Ample Bedding
"The Leach Pit" For Horses That Urinate Everywhere
In the center of the stall:
For Horses That Urinate in One Place (God bless them)
At urine area:
The mare using the stall in the photo to the left likes to stir bedding and manure around. We move the bedding around, remove the “poppies” and then find the wet spots. We move away the dry chips and then fork out (using a plastic fork), the dinner-plate-size, one-inch-high, pile of wet chips. We leave the wet area open to dry during the day when she is turned out. When she returns to her stall we kick the chips around, covering the floor. Some horses need more bedding and some less. If your horse likes to paw, then you will need more bedding where they paw. (Such as the doorway.) This helps prevent the Stall Skin from getting fuzzy. If you have a horse that is a nibbler and likes to chew, they may find chewing/biting the Stall Skin good sport. So you will need more bedding in that area. We never have had to use more than 4 inches, and at times, that is too much in some areas. If you know where your horse likes to pee, then you can put a smaller amount of chips there controlling the spread of urine, and allowing the urine to run through.
To the left are two of our large foaling stalls. The back of the stall is where our mare likes to do business. She is VERY neat! We love it! About once a week, we scrape clean the Stall Skin using a scoop shovel or plastic pitch fork (Don likes to use the shovel – Cathy uses the plastic fork), allowing it to completely dry during the day when the mare is out.
The photo to the right is yet another stall. This mare loves to pee in the center and nowhere else. So every day with a plastic pitchfork we pick out the manure and then once a week we scrape the Stall Skin - in the wet spots so that it can dry during the day. We have never had to use a deodorizer - even in the Winter or Spring when things are frozen or thawing here in Minnesota.
How often do you replace bedding? Good question. I just measured that. In the past 5 days, with 4 stalls - with 4 mares due to foal within 2 weeks - defecating for two, we put in only 3 bags of chips. Each of the larger stalls got one bag (actually too much) and then the smaller stalls received half bag each. I put less chips where they defecate and more where they lay down and paw by the door-way. I can't tell you enough how nice Stall Skins are! Pitching stalls is a dream, you just throw out the mess with hardly any chips. So how often do you strip your stalls? That is a good question. We don't ever have to strip our stalls for the normal reasons, such as; wet, smelly, totally nasty bedding, shifting mats, etc. We strip because some of the chips are so OLD and have been stepped on so many times that the chip is now just mashed into sawdust. These "crushed chips", gray in color are nasty looking and can be dusty. Therefore once a year, or every year and a half, we scoop out these old chips.
Our Stall Skins paid for themselves in ONE year with what we saved buying fewer wood chips. Not to mention the storage space required to always have enough chips on hand and the extra trips to buy more.
Wall application? YES! Here at Hill
View Farms we tested this fabric as a barrier to help cushion the blow
of a kick to the stall wall. It was easy to install, (shinny side out)
and we screwed it right in to the wall. (If you have stone or
masonry walls you will need to use Topcon screws). The stall skin
folded easily around the corners and corner post so too will it fold
around uneven masonry with the extra trimmed off.
It is like
wall-papering –WONDERFUL! But if you have a wood chewing beaver horse this will
not stop him.
Stall skins.... they are actually stall savers!
STALL SKINS in BULK
Have a gravel base laid out. This was done with 6 inches of gravel 1 to 2 inches in size. Then covered with smaller rock 1/2 inch at a depth of 4 inches. This was rolled over, graited and packed this smooth. Next the bulk material was rolled out, with the -shinny side up. We constructed our stalls, we used Horse Stalls: The best in the country. www.midamericahorsestalls.com These stalls were easy to set up and within 2-days with three of us working we had the shell up. Later we put on the roof. We added wood chips (from the city chipper) for the walk way to the tie posts and we used bagged pine shavings for inside the stalls as these can be picked. This is sweet!! Wonderful! and a no Brainer!
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