Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Good question. I've been stalling on 1/2"-3/4" rubber mats for about 10 years now over a cement floor. I used to use a lot more bedding. But I discovered that the stalls stay dryer using less. Now, I use 2 bags of Equine Fresh (pine pellets) where my horses urinate, and one 40 lb(?)--the large one--bag of shavings. I clean the poo and when the Equine Fresh has soaked up the urine TWICE, I remove and replace that DAILY. 2 bags of EF and one of shavings generally lasts for a full week in a 12 x 12 stall. ALL horses are different but they DO think about where the urinate and defecate. My 5yo KMHSA gelding poos on the east and south walls of his stall, and urinates towards the SW corner. His stall's gate is NE. My mare urinates and defecates in the SW corner ONLY of her stall. She REALLY likes to keep it clean. My 5yo QH (Who, unfortunately is spending another winter in his tiny 16 x 19 shelter off of the barn defecates on the west side and next to my new manger on the NW wall, and urinates dead center.
Also, I pile the pellets and the shavings in one spot for the one gelding and my mare, but my QH needs me to spread it out bc he doesn't move around that much.
We live in a damp climate where there is more mud and snow and water in the winter than dry, so keeping the floor AND MY HORSE'S HOOVES dry is very important to me. I want them healthy. Dry is better for hooves than wet in any form. No matter how clean you keep your turnout there is still bacteria that likes it wet and can attack the white linte. Hope this helps!
Last edited by Corporal; 12-27-2011 at 03:18 PM.