06-08-2012, 04:09 AM
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Usually bedding is a by-product and I read somewhere that in my area there are more trees than there were 200 years ago.
I like a lot of bedding in the stall, period. Both of my horses lie down at night and they need the extra cushion. My mare is mostly white and the fewer shavings she has, the more stains she gets.
I just left a barn that did not have rubber mats, the horses were on wood floors. The old barn manager kept tons of shavings in the stalls and hardly ever had to any, it seems. My gelding only needed a new bag every other week or so, he had so much in there and always pooped on the one wall and peed on the other and slept in the middle. He left, and when the new guy came in we had like... nothing in there. It broke my heart to have the wood floor showing in the stalls, especially since in January, board had gone up $50 because "the price of shavings went up" so, where are the shavings, then?
I moved to a new barn, went from a 9x10 stall to a 15x18 (approx, it's not exactly square due to it being in an old dairy barn) with two windows, mats covering floor to floor, as well as banked up the walls, lots and lots of shavings :) Oh yes, and an oscillating fan to keep the buggies off! My mare is pretty sure she is in heaven or something like it.
Of course, I sleep on a pillow-top mattress with flannel sheets and a down comforter, all year round, so I am a fan of soft places to sleep ;)