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    12-15-2012, 12:33 PM
Rubber mats are wonderful and I love having them, but some are led to believe they provide cushion. They do to some degree and are better compared to concrete for sure. BUT as far as cushioning your horse's joints, they don't when laying down. Just try laying on it yourself and see how comfy it is.

I also use Equine Fresh pellets. As previously mentioned, don't add water to the pellets. It only reduces the amount of urine they will absorb. The pellets are very hard though and certainly not comfortable to be laying down on. Plus they are slippery and unless covered, can cause people and horses to slip.

For that reason, I top off the pellets with deep shavings. I prefer aspen because the turpentine oil in pine can be very irritating to their skin.

The pellets act like kitty litter and are easy to get the wet spots up, which I do every morning. If they end up in their stalls on a blizzard day, I clean 2X more per day. On an ongoing basis, I just put down a thin layer of pellets to replace what has been taken out. If your horse always pees in the same spot, you only need to put the pellets there and not in the entire stall.

Straw is your horse's best friend on a cold winter night! I put 4 or 5 bales in to start (12x15 stall) - on top of everything else. Yes, there is some waste, but the warmth factor is fantastic. After you get the hang of it, it's not all that difficult to pick out the manure. There will be some waste, but the compost is like black gold in the spring and can be used for mulching or in a garden.

I know my 27 yr old loves the cushion when he lays down and extra warmth that his own thermostat is no longer able to maintain. It has done a lot to keep arthritis at bay.

Straw is cheap too. I only have to add more on an infrequent basis to re-fluff. If you try it and find they eat it, after several days they lose interest in eating it and you're good to go after that.

Sorry for the long post.
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    12-15-2012, 12:54 PM
I'm a fan of pellets myself. They crush easily and after I place new bags in I have the kids run and jump in the stalls to break them down before the horses go in. Cleaning's easy it's like sifting rocks out of sand and it clumps around pee spots so five minutes in each stall for cleaning and it's usually on to the next. If you're horse has respiratory problems misting it will keep the dust down, though it will lessen the absorbancy. I wouldn't recommend them for deep bedding though, as they will pack like dirt but mixing with shavings would help the bedding last longer as long as you do a thorough clean and try to keep as much as you can. Pellets are usually a cheaper option because you don't have to strip as often and they keep the smell down because you can get more out without taking too much bedding out.
    12-15-2012, 07:39 PM
Green Broke
I highly recommend Stall Pro if you can get them there. Fluff up better, last longer and are easy to pick through.
    12-15-2012, 07:49 PM
Thanks for everyone's input! A lot of great advice!
We have shavings down now and it's been very easy to clean up. I am going to add pellets to the mix they're cheaper.
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    12-15-2012, 08:20 PM
Green Broke
I like Pellets under shavings.
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    12-17-2012, 07:58 PM
Green Broke
I, too, prefer the pellets. Up front the cost is higher, but I have found out that in the long run I not only save money, but also time, as they pick easier and there's less of them in the manure pile, meaning we don't have to haul it away as often.
    12-18-2012, 09:46 PM
During a short time we had our horses in stalls, we put down shavings for them. It worked really well and a bag was under 10$. It worked for us.

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