So I'm currently trying to run around and order/buy things for my lease horse so that everything is ready when he comes to the stable in about a week or two. The stable that he is going to be boarded at uses straw for bedding. Now, I love my stable and I have no problem with the way they do things....but I asked why they use straw. They said " because it's soft and the most natural thing for them to sleep on." Okay...I can see that. However, one of the problems they -do- have in the stalls is that several of them have holes or low spots somewhere in the stall where water/urine collect. There are rubber mats in them as well.
I would like to use a combination of pine shavings and straw. A layer of pine shavings in the bottom for absorbency (and hopefully a bit of a nice pine smell) and the straw on top for the softness.
Is this a feasible plan?