Ahhhh....so this is another one of those questions that everyone's opinions are torn on. =-) Seems to be the norm when you are dealing with horses....but it's nice to know that everyone can have different opinions and talk about them nicely.
Well...part of the cost of my reduced board -is- the straw. They use it because they feel it is the most natural and warm for the horses. The stable the horse is coming from uses the shavings...so I was a bit torn. Once he gets to the barn and I know which stall he'll have, I will be tearing up the rubber mats on the floor and fixing them so they fit better (they are in several pieces). Also, I'll be cleaning the stall itself and giving it a deep clean...which brings us to the next question....
The stalls are on hard dirt and gravel...with rubber mats on top. The sides are wood and metal. What is the best way to 'deep clean'? This is the first time I will be doing that so advice would be helpful. =-)
Thanks for everything!