Measurement of ammonia concentrations in horse stalls

S. E. Pratt, L. M. Lawrence, T. Barnes, D. Powell, L. K. Warren

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The effect of treating stall floors with an ammonia-absorbing compound (AAC) on aerial ammonia levels was tested during two 14-day periods in a four-stall barn. In the first period, two stalls were treated with the AAC and the other two stalls remained as the non-treated controls. In the second period, the stalls were switched. Four geldings were used in each period and were randomly assigned to the stalls. The horses remained in the stalls at all times except for 30 min of turn-out per day at which time the stalls were cleaned. Ammonia levels at the stall floor were measured by a Bruel and Kjaer 1302 gas monitor on day 0 before the horses were admitted to the barn and on days 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 14. Ammonia diffusion tubes were attached to the horses' halters on days 1, 7, 11 and 13 for 8 hours to determine the level of ammonia exposed to the horse. On day 14, ammonia concentrations near the stall floor were 25% lower in treated stalls than in control stalls (P<0, 1). Ammonia concentrations measured at the halter were much lower than those at the floor, but horses in treated stalls had lower ammonia exposure than horses in control stalls (P<0.1).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-200
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Equine Veterinary Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Equine


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