What do you have on the floor of the stalls
What is the floor of your stall made of?
Ours is dirt with shavings. Our 4 stalls are 32x32' so mucking them out with a rake and then unloading a truck load of shavings is back breaking and expensive.
We're spending about $160 a month on shavings not to mention hours a month cleaning the stalls.
Is there a better solution?
We're thinking about concrete and stall mats but DS says we'll still have to buy some shavings, just not as much.
32 feet by 32 feet for a stall?
No wonder it is costing a fortune, but where do you get your shavings?
We were getting out pine sawdust shaving directly from a sawmill at a cost of 12.00 for a full size F-250 bed full, that may help in reducing costs if you get the shaving direct or maybe make the stall a little smaller
32x32 isn't a stall, that's a luxury suite!
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Our boarder has just dirt on their ground. And their run out for the stalls is all sand so it makes it easier to clean up.
All 4 stalls total 32x32. Each stall is 16x16.
I'll have to try and find a mill that we can buy from. We're getting them from a "between" guy.
For $80, we get a long bed truck with the sides raised 4'. Just barely enough to do all the stalls.
Yes, try to find the direct route, save some money :wink:
Try to find a direct supplier or check with a nearby race track. I buy shavings from the track at $275 for a 15 cu yard dump truck load. That will last me about 6 months. I have 8 12 X 12 stalls in the main barn and 2 24 X 36 foaling stalls in another. It also sounds like maybe you're bedding extra deep. I have dirt floors with mats, and I use about 1 bag of shavings per stall every couple of weeks. I only use enough shavings to keep the pee from splashing up on them.
Dirt flooring with some old hay and little sawdust in summer. In winter I will throw a couple wheelbarrows of sawdust in there. My horses are only stalled in bad weather (pouring rain) and they have pea gravel runs.
Where I board it is cement floor with rubber matts. I don't use anything in the stalls until late fall into winter as they barely use their stalls. The stalls are open and they can walk in and out freely into a fairly large field and they prefer to lay around in the sand and grass than be inside their stall. However, if I do put shavings in the stalls they will automatically just go in their and poop and pee, so none right now. In the fall I use shavings just from the bags. For each stall I put two bags of shavings and mix in 2 bags of pellets, it helps to soak up more and last longer. Usually will last a week and a half'ish, depeding on how much rain we get...as they wouldn't want to get wet to go outside and do their business...:shock:
Yup, find a mill and many will bag them for you. Much easier to work with.
I don't have actual stalls. It's an "open concept" barn. LOL The horse gets one half and I get the other for storage, etc. About 2/3rd of her side is concrete and 1/3 is wood. But, as I said, it's not a stall - she has free access so there is no need to put anything on the floors. If I could build my own barn, I'd put "A" gravel on the floor and pack it really well.
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