Okay first off why I am posting this. Ugggh okay see a neighboring barn to me which is a friend of mine "Somewhat" Came over last night to see how everything was going. ( Nosey ) When she does this she's always picking at certain things I do. There are days I would rather be chased by killer bees then deal with this person. Lol. Anyways... She came inthe barn while I was repairing some stall boards ( don't ask ) lol . Okay this is what was a "Heated discussion"
Okay I love the rubber mats in my stalls and agree it does save on bedding..However it bugs me that so many barn owners use just enough bedding to absorb urine and I don't know they think its a air freshner thing.
People have told me over and over and over again that they don't need the bedding because the horse has Rubber mats. HELLO that's like saying you don't need a matress you have a rug.
Horses lay down and without any bedding will get rub marks ( Usually on the hocks ) I don't see how adding just enough to soak up urine saves on bedding. You have to add bedding daily ( pretty much)
Now my neighbor starts litterally trying to drill in my head about not using so much bedding. I bed my stalls well and I find this benefits my horses by far more then lack of bedding does.
My stalls are 12x12 some are bit bigger each stall gets 4 to 5 bags shavings per week ( only because I like bright clean bedding ) I also bank my stalls. I want my horses to be comfortable when they have to be in them. I'm not saying this is the ONLY way. What anyone elses choice is that's their choice.
Well any ways my neighbor goes on and on about how boarders wont like that I bed my stalls like I do. I have 2 boarders but both are out 24/7 (Which is by far better then anything ) I plan on a open house soon. Im wondering if I should invite my neighbor ( Am I nuts!?)
Okay whats your views on the Rubber mat / bedding debate.
We all have opinions so BE NICE! Lol