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post #11 of 14 Old 12-11-2011, 12:50 AM
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, and all you get is a stall with cement floors. Takes hours to bed that stall up and hours to strip afterwards.
This caught my attention for 2 reasons. Out here they always use either asphalt flooring or cement at the fair grounds where we go to show and since they generally require that you buy your bedding at the show for twice what you pay at home, I bought those lightweight rubber mats with the holes in them, like you find in a wash rack, and I put them down in my horses stall first. Then I bed on top of that, only takes about 15 mins per stall that way. When we leave, I toss the bedding to the side and yank out my mats, hose 'em off and off we go.

Now did you SERIOUSLY mean that you strip those rental stalls after a show????!!!! When they're charging me $100 for the weekend to stall, they can dayum well bring the tractor through when I'm gone and strip those stalls themselves!

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post #12 of 14 Old 12-11-2011, 01:19 AM
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That is a good idea Dream, with those mats. Around here, the shavings are provided free (we live in forestry country), but you are charged whatever they charge you for your stall rental, then a deposit to leave the stall clean. If you don't strip the stall, they keep your deposit. Oh, by the way, the bedding is located at least a 1/4 mile away from your stall.
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Oh wow! That's way different from down here. Normally the show premium has a comment about, No outside shavings, bagged shavings available at the shavings and feed office for $10 or so a bag and they deliver right to your stall. They have temporary stalls, at the end they just come along and pull the pins holding them together, load them out of the building and bring in a tractor to shove the bedding all in a pile and then they scoop it right out.

Since I was bedding down with 8-10 bags of shavings for a weekend, that added up real quick. Now I bring in my mats, buy 3 bags and call it good. Since I started doing that, the Fairgrounds has even started renting stall mats that you don't have to pull, they do it all. Of course the rental for the 6 mats it takes to cover the floor costs as much as buying new mats for your stalls at home.......LOL! They get you coming and going.

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post #14 of 14 Old 12-12-2011, 09:15 PM
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I love forms, I've never heard of corn cob bedding, but makes since if you live in Nebraska. When I had a facility in Eastern NM, we used peanut hulls. They were good and free if you pick them up from the mills. In CA we sometimes would use rice hulls. (didn't care for those)

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