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        10-16-2009, 12:57 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Jillyann    
    I think its just because the pee and poop makes the dirt sink down more.
    It's really just because of the weight of the beasties. Try riding down a well traveled horse path and you'll see the same thing...you're riding in a valley!
         
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        10-16-2009, 01:45 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    October 24 I think? I will look for my flyer.
         
        10-16-2009, 02:13 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    I use straw only, about 2-3 bales of straw for each stable and sweep it all up once a day clean it out and bush down the floor. I find this the easiest, and cleanest, but I do have to clean it out at least once a day
         
        10-16-2009, 06:20 PM
      #14
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by deineria    
    October 24 I think? I will look for my flyer.
    Yeah, I'd appreciate that too. I need couple.
         
        10-20-2009, 11:14 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Any word on when the mats with be on sale? I need to stop in at TSC and check what is going on this weekend. They are having a Horse event advertised on their website for Oct 24....I have been thinking about getting some for my guys stalls too.
         
        10-21-2009, 11:04 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    It is this Sat ONLY!
         
        10-21-2009, 11:08 AM
      #17
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
    It's really just because of the weight of the beasties. Try riding down a well traveled horse path and you'll see the same thing...you're riding in a valley!
    No it is not the weight of the horse.

    The holes develop as you clean the stall. Each time you remove the wet shavings, you take a bit more of the surface.

    We have mats in our box stalls and tie stalls. Tie stalls are 100% and the mats in the box stalls are placed for the horse who lives in the stall. We line it up with their normal urination spot.

    Even with the mats, we pull them once a year and level the stall - adding fill if needed and flip the mat.
         
        10-21-2009, 11:04 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    I love the pelletted pine at TSC. Started using it about a month ago and can't say enough about it.

    I have one mat in each of my stalls, in the front, because my horses tend to dig holes at the door and their feed buckets and I got sick of constantly filling in the holes. With the one mat (4x6) it really helps cut down on the amount of pellets I need. I don't put any on the mat. They don't pee or poop there anyway. The rest of the stall has pellets and it absorbs really really well.
         
        10-21-2009, 11:22 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Yeah , that is what I wanted to do . Just put them in the front of their stalls. I have used the pine pellets (equine fresh ) I think is the name and the corn cob bedding. I love the pine, the corn cob is ok but the horse like to eat it so I don't know about using that.
    I would love to get a couple of mats but we are going to the 4H state show on Sat so I don't know if I will be near TSC (wonder if hubby will make a detour?)
         
        10-22-2009, 12:22 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    I wondered if doing one mat a stall would help - so that is good news!
         

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