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        04-03-2011, 12:35 PM
    Green Broke
    I have some kind of rubber something... I can't remember what it's called but it's in my 2 horse straight load Trail-Et.

    It's in the shape of wood... but it's rubber. Hard to describe
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        04-03-2011, 12:48 PM
    Oh yeah I know what you mean!!!
    That sucks that you had to do all the retraining!!!!!!
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        04-03-2011, 12:59 PM
    Green Broke
    We have shvings in our trailers and the horses have never had an issue with slipping/falling but they are initially not needed I think its just a preference to the owners
        04-03-2011, 01:08 PM
    Green Broke
    Yeah it did suck! But she's better now :) Loads like a champ!
        04-03-2011, 01:10 PM
    Originally Posted by BarrelracingArabian    
    we have shvings in our trailers and the horses have never had an issue with slipping/falling but they are initially not needed I think its just a preference to the owners
    Yeah I get that some people would prefer them instead of using mats
    B/c they are less slippery
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        04-03-2011, 01:38 PM
    Well I have rubber mats, Shavings are appealing to the eye but my father insists that a little staw so they can poop on it is just fine.
        04-03-2011, 01:44 PM
    Honestly K_V, if you're only going for a short ride I wouldn't worry about it. If you decide to use them try Guardian swift pick mini flake pine shavings. We started using it last year and it's really a great product. It makes cleaning out the trailer much easier. I'm pretty sure its available nationwide
        04-03-2011, 03:16 PM
    Green Broke
    We use shavings but they're beetle kill pine shavings so pretty coarse and large for shavings. Not slippery at all but absorb well which is good because living in the middle of nowhere, trailer rides are not short.
        04-03-2011, 07:25 PM
    Thank you, All! I think 1 hour drive should be considered as short..? As I said I had my qh to pee just once but it was a longer ride and she was too excited there at the lesson, so I assume simply forgot to do her business. However it was a BIG pee - we left a lake behind us at the gas station... Yes, I have rubber mats in trailer.

    Vida, I never heard about the product you are talking about. I just buy big scoop of shavings to use in stalls and use them in trailer as well. OF COURSE poop/wet stuff gets cleaned after each trip.

    I'm still confused if mats or shavings give better traction. I have mats next to the feeder and they do get pretty slippery when we have too much rain... :( On other side wet shavings probably slippery as well. Oh, well......
        04-03-2011, 08:08 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by maura    
    The only time I ever put bedding in a trailer is for very long hauls, or if the horse is going to be standing in the trailer for long periods of time. I want the shavings to absorb the pee so it doesn't get down to the floorboards of the trailer. Most horses won't pee in the trailer unless they really, really, have to, so most of the time, bedding isn't necessary. When I do use bedding, I only put it in the back half of the area.
    Most floorboards are treated and painted, unless someone replaced them with ones that aren't or it's an older trailer. So the pee doesn't get absorbed easily into the boards anymore than the water from the road.

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