Originally Posted by mistysms
I think i'm going to use pellets because I don't have any where to store the shavings in less I buy them in bags. (still don't no where i'm going to store hay yet) I did hear to put down a lot of bags the first time. I have a funny question tho...She she pees in her stall will her pee just get soaked up by the pellets or will it sometimes go under the stall mats?
Yes to both questions. If you don't make sure you either clear out the pee spots every day or stir around the saw dust (what the pellets turn into) to soak up any standing pee, it can get under the mats. If you put down say, 8 -10 bags of pellets in a 12 X 12 stall, and you pick the poo and wet spots at least daily, and add a new bag of pellets every week or 10 days, then you shouldn't have to strip the stall to the mats except once a month or so. If you're not scrupulous about picking, then the pee can get under the mats and you'll have to pull mats when you strip the stall. Otherwise, you might only have to pull mats once or twice a year, if things start to smell bad. If she has a favorite pee spot, you can also put a layer of pellets down before you put down the dampened pellets, that way you have dry pellets to soak up urine and break into more saw dust to keep her from soaking down a favorite spot. Some mares are fairly neat and others are just......er...pigs. I have one that I swear pees, poos and then walks in circles to stir it all around. Then I've got a couple who poo in the same spot everytime and then pee on top of the poo. If you don't pick them out every day they turn into concrete but it's easy, just one spot 2 or 3 forkfulls and you're done. The one who stirs, I have to sift her stall every day. Every bit of bedding in the stall.