Sweet Pea here! Reporting in on the sweet and the smelly!
Who better than me to talk about living conditions of the horse population then this spicy mare? Oh, that’s right… NO ONE. Sorry, sorry, just had to get that off my withers. Anyhow, today I want to clue you in on a very important fact. When it comes to cutting down the ammonia in your horse’s stall, lime just doesn’t cut it anymore. That’s so old school. Let me get you fully educated in the “new school” approach to odor control in the new millennium. The product of choice is, Sweet PDZ Horse Stall Refresher. I can hear you now, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, of course that’s what Sweet Pea is going to say.’ But, before you turn your ears over to the pretty songbirds serenading you from the fence post, please hear me out.
Barn Lime (also referred to by some as, Ag Lime or Dairy Lime) has essentially zero, zilch, nada, ability to remove ammonia and odors. Barn lime is simply crushed up limestone, or Calcium Carbonate. That said, if you dump enough barn lime on a urine spot you may succeed in “covering up” the ammonia and odors, I’ll give you that; but the same is true if you use dirt or soil to cover up the urine smell! The fact is that the ammonia remains and will eventually fill the environment and your schnozzle once again. So, here you heard it, straight from the horse’s mouth: It’s a waste of your hard earned money.
Then we get to Hydrated Lime (Chemically known as, Calcium Hydroxide Ca(OH)2). Let’s just start this discussion with a big fat NO. Hydrated lime is very caustic, toxic and hazardous to handle and breathe. Just read the label and check out the skull and crossbones insignia on the bag. This should scream out at you – “DON’T USE THIS STUFF around me or my kinfolk.” It, too, has a very limited ability to essentially “cover-up” ammonia odor for a short period of time… and in the long run can actually increase ammonia. Why? Well, there’s a big, long scientific explanation that I just don’t understand. But here is the jist of it:
Ammonia evolution takes place in a “basic” (a high pH) environment. Hydrated lime’s composition is “basic”, therefore ultimately contributing to the evolution of ammonia. If you want to know more about the science behind ammonia “evolution” and the odor “revolution” it causes in your horse barn, go ask Google, or Bing, or Jeeves, just don’t ask me.
So, have I gotten your attention yet? Do you want to hear about Sweet PDZ and all the good it can do for you? First things first: Sweet PDZ is NOT Barn Lime/Ag Lime/Dairy Lime, or Hydrated lime. Do you get the picture? It’s not lime at all. It’s a natural Zeolite mineral. More specifically, a Clinoptilolite, which is one of the most special zeolite’s in the family. And a superior quality one to boot. (Trust me there are other zeolites out there, but none of them sizes up to Sweet PDZ in performance and history.)
Sweet PDZ is completely safe to use in horse stalls and all sorts of livestock pens and pet habitats. It’s also safe for you to handle with your bare hands, and beneficial to the environment (compost, gardens, fields) when you are through using it in your stalls. Sweet PDZ very effectively neutralizes and removes harmful levels of ammonia and dries wet spots where it is applied.
Take it from the expert who breathes nothing but sweet, fresh air; Sweet PDZ keeps your barn smelling sweet while protecting your precious ponies from the harmful effects of ammonia. And that my friends, is a SWEET deal.