Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
I've been following this thread and I am really enjoying hearing everyone's different experiences. For my part, when I worked at a barn with large concrete stalls, we had rubber mats and bedded fairly deeply. It was fairly easy to clean, honestly, because as others have said, the urine and feces would stay were it was deposited and all I had to do was scoop and go. Except for a few horses. There was always one or two who did circles and laps and ground everything into a mess that had to be stripped daily for it to be sanitary.
My horse now spends 12-18 hours a day in his 12x12 stall. Would love to turn him out more, but there's no grazing or food out there and too many pasture mates. Combine that with self-care and not being able to be out there more than twice a day and so it goes. I strip most his stall daily. It's rubber mats over gravel and I put only about an inch of shavings as he mixes everything together into a mess.
After reading this, I am tempted to try bedding deeply again, especially with this cold snap (yes, that would be me anthropomorphizing deep bedding as 'cozy and warm'). But I doubt it will work as well as it did in the bigger stalls... Maybe my guy could earn a nickname other than Sir MixALot if it does though. I wonder if my horse would be one of the ones to need it stripped even in the bigger stalls.
Rubber mats are essential though. Honestly, I can't imagine a stall with straight concrete on the bottom. I would think deeper bedding would really be essential if the horses had to spend any real time in them.