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post #31 of 35 Old 06-10-2012, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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We had a small open house day Saturday and the turnout was fair for me. I got 2 boarders out of 15 guests and thats fine. I got to talking to one lady who met my neighbor at the grain store and the lady mentioned that my neighbor told her how I bed my stalls. TY NEIGHBOR! Lady ( Jenn ) is now a new boarder who agreed that so many barns lack bedding because of rubber mats and she also said she believes its due to false impressions from ads placed for rubber mats. They dont show very much if any bedding and as most you know people are going to think bedding isnt really needed and your seeing barns following this idea.
Its okay if you have stalls with attached runs but alot of Boarding barns around here do not have attached runs.
I will have some pics up soon of open day at the barn. I will show you the stalls and stuff.
Neighbor never came to Open House day which is okay but she did call and ask how it went.

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post #32 of 35 Old 06-10-2012, 05:56 PM
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LMAO, Well...Didn't her plan backfire? I absolutely LOVE thickly bedded stalls.

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post #33 of 35 Old 06-17-2012, 10:16 AM
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Most of my stables have a rubber bed but these are cow mattresses, fine chopped rubber about 9" deep with a membrane over it. It feels like a water bed when you walk on it.
I still bed deeply because what I found is that if they are only given a 'splash' area, they pee and poop on that and then lie on it.
I found the horses were stinking of urine and it was taking me ages to get the muck off them - I was also throwing out all the splash area every day so, it was not economical to just do the splash area.

I bed deeply - with banks, I find the horses spend a lot of time lying down whereas without they don't so much.
Nothing as good as seeing a horse lying down in a nice deep bed.
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post #34 of 35 Old 06-17-2012, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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We just stripped all stalls. Uuuugh what a pain. We do this once a year because horses are out pretty much all the time now. I only have 3 ( Boarders ) that are in at night. The 3 boarders just arrived middle of last week, and their horses are extremely happy as is the owners ( Thank God ) One boarders horse ( Will ask if I can take pic ) was afraid at first to go in his stall Owner laughed said hes never seen bright clean bedding like this lol took him a few minutes to jump right in lmao then he rolled. Was good to see him happy. I love when my horses are happy healthy and comfortable same with my boarders if they are not happy Im not happy.

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post #35 of 35 Old 06-17-2012, 09:36 PM
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Slap that women! It is your barn and you can do whatever the flip you want to! I believe in using mats and then a good cm-in of bedding on top depending on the brand of shavings,
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