Horses are special creatures and need a lot of time and effort taking good care of them. Due to their size, horses can create a lot of mess, very quickly.
Horses need daily mucking out, their long locks need looking after and the equipment they wear must be washed to remove dirt, bacteria and bad smells. If you’ve tried your usual horsey grooming routine but have noticed a strong urine smell, here’s our advice on how to get rid of it with an enzyme cleaner.
How to get rid of horse urine smell
When you notice a whiff of wee around your horse, it might be them that needs a good bath. If that’s the case, dry brush as much dirt off their coat, use a bowl of warm soapy water for washing then a gentle hose for rinsing. If the scent is on their equipment, jacket or in the stables, you’ll need to clean it with a good quality odour remover. The best product for the job is an enzyme cleaner, like Bio one™. Bio one™ uses natural and organic active enzymes that work with friendly bacteria to remove dirt, 99% of bacteria and odours at the root. It’s non-toxic so it’s safe for your ponies (although never use it directly on them), vegan and more eco-friendly than most traditional products.
How to remove horse urine smell with Bio one™
- Locate the urine stain or where you think the smell is coming from. If there’s fresh wee there, wipe it away first.
- Spray the affected area thoroughly with Bio one™. Make sure it’s completely wet with the product as the enzymes and bacteria fight stains and odours when damp.
- Leave to soak for five to ten minutes.
- Is the smell or stain lifting? If so, leave the area to air dry. If it needs a bit more time, respray the area until damp and leave for a further five minutes.
- If you’re cleaning a hard surface in their stables or equipment that you can’t wash, simply leave it to air dry. If it’s an item of clothing or equipment that’s washing machine friendly, wash it according to the instructions and then air or tumble dry.
How do I keep my stables smelling good?
As well as tackling bad smells and bacteria with an enzyme cleaner, there are a few other ways to keep your horse’s house hygienic.
- Muck out the stalls twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening. Remove all soiled bedding, manure and urine piles.
- Feed them a healthy balanced diet. Your horse needs just the right amount of protein to make sure it doesn’t produce too much or too little urine. Ask a vet to find out exactly what nutrients your horse needs to make a dietary plan.
- Keep their stables ventilated. When you take them out for a ride, leave all the windows and doors open to air it out and keep the top half of the stable door open when they’re inside.
- Give your horse more time outside. The longer they’re roaming free, the more time to air out their stuffy stables. Fresh air and exercise are really good for their health too.
- Choose the right bedding. You need something which will absorb the urine like hemp, flax, or wood pellets instead of traditional straw.
- Have easy-to-clean flooring in the stables. Concrete flooring will be easier to wipe down and disinfect than wooden or dirt floors. Use seamless stall mats to make your surface waterproof and hygienic but always wash them regularly.
Why does my horse’s urine smell so strong?
If you feel your horse’s pee is particularly strong smelling it might be down to a health issue that needs to be checked by a vet. However, it might simply be the volume of urine that they produce each day. The cause of that smell is ammonia. Ammonia is a naturally occurring protein that’s created when urine breaks down. It’s released as an unpleasant-smelling gas that can be hazardous to people and animals if left untreated. Too much exposure to ammonia can cause respiratory problems, especially in foals. That’s why it’s important to regularly clean your horse’s stables, refresh their bedding and wash any equipment.
How often should a horse pee?
It’s tricky to assess and measure, but a healthy 500kg horse should wee five or six times a day, for 30 seconds, producing 15 litres of urine. Typically, all horses should be producing 15-30ml of urine per kg of their weight. They need to keep hydrated with a whopping 13 gallons or 50 litres of water per day so it makes sense that they produce a lot of pee. If your horse is drinking more than this, it might be a sign of boredom, stress or illness so monitor their behaviour, health and urine output.
What are enzymes?
Don’t be fooled to think that because enzymes are natural they are less effective than chemical cleaners. Enzymes are nature’s very own powerful cleaning tools. Making them the go to choice for pet owners who do not want to spray harmful chemicals around their pets and their home.
Simply put, enzymes are all around us performing millions of important tasks in our bodies and in nature every single day. They are a type of protein that act like a biological catalyst to speed up the break down of organic compounds.
Similarly to how saliva, (which contains enzymes), initiates the digestion process by breaking down food in our mouths, cleaning enzymes use the same ‘enzymatic digestion’ to effectively break down and eradicate the organic proteins present in urine, faeces, vomit, drool, dirt, food, and more.
This process not only makes cleaning easier but also prevents the growth of bad bacteria – the root cause of those unpleasant odours – in the air, on surfaces, and within the fibres of your soft furnishings.
Try out Bio one™ today, vomit and the other nasties is what nature created enzymes for.
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