Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
baylee

Lyme In Stalls?

15 posts in this topic

A friend of mine puts lyme (sp?) down in her stalls after she cleans them, then puts shavings on top of it.... is the lyme bad for the horses' feet?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No, it's not bad at all. I've done it for years. Lime dries the floor and kills the odors. As long as there is bedding so the horses don't have to stand right on it, or lie down on it, it's fine.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok my question there is how much does it cost? and how much do you put on the floors, and well the general stuff you would tell someone who has never used it themselves

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks! i was just wondering because some of their horses are ending up tender footed on the gravel....well i told them it was most likely because they NEVER CLEAN THEIR STALLS! the horses are standing in their waste all day, every day..and getting thrush and im sure thats why they are so tender. But they are blaming the lyme..saying its burning the bottom of their feet and making them sore. Is this at all possible?????

kittenkat- i know you can get it at tractor supply and some feed stores, its just a white powder you sprinkle on the floor of the stall after digging it out and then put bedding on top of it. Im not sure about the whole procedure, i just watched my friend do it a few times.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When I used to buy lime, it was relatively cheap. I think it was about $5 per 50lb bag. We had a flour sifter that used to cover the whole floor in a fine powder. Then you cover with shavings or leave it bare depending on whether or not you put a horse in.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm paying $5.49 a 50 pound bag. I use it on the pee spot, dusted on and well-covered with bedding. If a stall is going to be left empty for a bit I dust the whole floor. It helps keep the smells at bay - neutralizes the ammonia in urine, I think. I also use it on the feed room floor once a week to help with the darn barn cat pee smell, gggrrrrr! I know it can burn skin and if you let it sit on your leather boots it'll dry them out and make them crack before you know it. I suppose it could damage hooves, but honestly I would suspect dirty stalls before lime under bedding.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm not aware that it can burn skin, but I suppose it's possible. As for the horses' hooves, as long as there is bedding over the lime, there shouldn't be any danger of that. I sprinkle it on till there is a thin white dusting. You don't have to put it on thick at all.

Lime is nothing but crushed limestone. Don't confuse it with lye. Now that can burn skin!

I buy the coarse kind, not the powdered. The powdered kind drifts in the air and is dusty.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use the lyme in the goats stalls to control odors.

And the same as everyone else, just put a dusting on the floor.

I didn't know there was a course kind.

I've always bought the powder form.

I'll have to look for the other now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

lyme is excellent, but always make sure to have plenty of bedding to cover it...

if ya have a cut or scrape and ya get lime on it numerous times daily, the cut doesnt seem to heal.. trust me, i know.. i work at a BIG dairy and we use 600#s of lime on any given day.. and i always make sure to wear gloves because i had one SMALL cut on my hand that turned into a big mess due to the lyme back when i first started there. a couple of the other people also have said the same thing...

wear gloves, and your fine.. :confused0024:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Would you recomend it on a turn out part of the stall that had previously been 8 inches deep in soft icky manuer.. and if you cant cover it in the outside stall how owuld you deal with that?? Danny has an indoor outdoor stall, and I just removed a LOT of crap and such from teh outside protion and it still has some of the wetter stuff cause it has been wet here.. but i do have it down to packed earth again! Can I put it down for him on the outside, or do I need to cover it with sawdust or something.. I plan to use it on the few wet spots he gets in his stall.. Can I put a thicker layer under the stall mats when I do a deep clean and then replace the stall mats over it??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can get a 50 lb bag for around $5. It goes a long way. No, you don't need a deep coating of it. At least not in the stalls. Outside, I don't know if you need it covered with bedding.

I used it one year on my pasture in the spring before the grass came in. There is an area near my fence in front where the horses poop all the time. They don't eat the grass that grows there, then. So, I covered that whole area with like 2 bags of lime. When the grass grew in, the horses ate it. It did something to the soil, so that the grass was more palatable.

You can use it under stall mats. There shouldn't be any problem with that. I wouldn't think you'd need to put it down really thick. Just covering all the ground would be fine. You don't need it inches thick or anything.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The floors in all my stalls are 6 inches of compacted aglime, which is just finely crushed gray limestone. It costs me about $80 for a 10 ton dumptruck full. It's the same stuff we use around here to spread on fields to help with the acidity of the soil. THEN, you have what is called Quicklime, which you would NOT want to use, as it is very caustic. Lime is fine, as long as you know your product and use the correct one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok so that said, WHAT should I look for?? any specific product name or warnings labels I should look for??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The stuff I get says "Dairy Barn Lime" on it. Just mention that you want it for horse stalls. Most feed places will know.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

baylee: I highly doubt it's from the dirty stalls, -not proud of this- but our horses are in stalls that get cleaned once a week [well 4 do, Gunner gets fresh bedding partway through the week, and his stall is cleaned 2-3 times a week in the summer, but in the winter it's impossible because of all the snow and the location of the manure pile]

none of our horses are sore on gravel etc...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0