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  1. Dealing with a dead dobbin, especially one in a stable or stable block complex is not a pleasant task.  


    Due to the sheer size and rigor-mortis, removal in many cases would only be possible if the animal was made into manageable sized pieces.


    There would be a larger "market" for raw horse flesh in those days than now.  Many more hunts about each with dog packs, zoos would take such meat, as well as police dog kennels,       and dubious meat pie makers........

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  2. Stunning modelling and writing as usual Mikkel.


    A few "pointers" and responses to queries:


    Horses usually repeat their location for dropping manure:  whether it be the same place in a stable, field or even a regular route.  Seeing/smelling another horse droppings can sometimes cause a horse to produce, but of course only when it's ready - but that explains the postcard of the mews with the long line.  Having the horse "produce" in the mews would be preferable to doing it en-route.


    You are correct on colour caused by input, and it does darken off quite quickly.


    Horse manure should not be used on gardens when it's fresh - it needs to age for 6 months or go into compost heaps.   


    Manure has no discernible smell for at least a few days, unless it is mixed with urine.  It is also quite a dry product, unlike cows'.........


    Straw is not popular with gardeners in compost because it doesn't break down very quickly:

    On 16/05/2021 at 12:21, Compound2632 said:


    I believe it is or was usual to combine straw with dung to produce manure - the straw being another waste product that could be recycled once it had decomposed. The manure has to be well composted to kill off bacteria in the dung.



    If straw is used as bedding, "skipping out" will only produce manure - the waxy nature of straw means that it doesn't really absorb anything, and a good yard hand will only remove the muck not the bedding.  Some horses eat their bedding (which doesn't do them any good) so they would have a bed of wood shavings (in those days) or nowadays chopped flax stems or linseed stems.  These beds are very absorbent and skipping out produces some very wet caustic product, that smells and rots everything. 


    As Mikkel has beautifully modelled, a good stables has a drain system for removal of liquids.  If left (or absorbed into absorbant bedding), that is what makes stables smell, attracts flies and can be the start point for equine diseases.

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  3. Excellent use for a corner - I am planning a furniture warehouse and was wondering how to road serve it as well. That looks like an excellent wat to fill the corner and physically join the upper and lower levels in terms of functionality. Where you have put your box I will add a second short siding for holding container stock.


    Truly inspirational. Many thanks.

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