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post #1 of 18 Old 07-26-2020, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Run In Shavings or Not?

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I have a horse run in for my two draft horses and I use rubber mats. Does anyone use shavings in run in on top of rubber mats? If not, what other material?

If so, how do you keep them from kicking the shavings out too much? Thanks for any advise or suggestions.
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-26-2020, 07:10 PM
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I don't use bedding in run in shelter for my horses. It's bare mats horses never poop or pee in shelter. So I'll never bed it, they'll just drag bedding outside anyway.
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post #3 of 18 Old 07-26-2020, 07:18 PM
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If you want to bed it to absorb waste, pellets might be better. They're heavier, to begin with, and if you want to break them down a bit and soften them up, you can add some water to them -- which, again, will add a bit of weight.
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post #4 of 18 Old 07-26-2020, 10:48 PM
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I will say - as soon as you add any sort of bedding into a run-in, horses will take the extra time to walk all the way back to their run-in to do their business.
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post #5 of 18 Old 07-27-2020, 06:22 AM
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Whether you choose to bed your run-in or not is up to you...


An easy way to keep shavings, pellets of what ever it is contained inside is to place a board at the opening directly on the ground.
Place that board on edge so it makes a lip...
The horses after a time or two bumping it will just naturally step over it not bumping it.
You can do that inside a barn with deeply bedded stalls too...keeps the shavings in to a larger degree of less waste.
I would use a 6" wide board...probably a 2"x6" if it was me....especially since outside it will sink a bit in time into the dirt...it is not a high step-out for the horse to manage. Pressure treated lumber to withstand weather conditions changing...
Remember lumber "finished" is smaller than what you are told you purchased so not 6" height a board shall it be either. If you are thinking of a 2"x4"...don't bother as the shavings will go right over the top..

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Whether you choose to bed your run-in or not is up to you...


An easy way to keep shavings, pellets of what ever it is contained inside is to place a board at the opening directly on the ground.
Place that board on edge so it makes a lip...
The horses after a time or two bumping it will just naturally step over it not bumping it.
You can do that inside a barn with deeply bedded stalls too...keeps the shavings in to a larger degree of less waste.
I would use a 6" wide board...probably a 2"x6" if it was me....especially since outside it will sink a bit in time into the dirt...it is not a high step-out for the horse to manage. Pressure treated lumber to withstand weather conditions changing...
Remember lumber "finished" is smaller than what you are told you purchased so not 6" height a board shall it be either. If you are thinking of a 2"x4"...don't bother as the shavings will go right over the top..

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Thank you for your response. My run in has a 4 x 6 pressure treated threshold. The run in was made using 6 x 6 pressure treated so I opted for 4 x 6 threshold so I can add gates if I wanted to later on. The problem is the keep tracking lots of dirt inside even with that 🤷🏻*♀️
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post #7 of 18 Old 07-27-2020, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone. They already like to urinate inside the run in. I cant understand why they will step out to poop but not urinate, lol. One of the reasons why I want to give them something nice to lay is cause at night they lay down and rest and they used to do it inside the run in when it was just sand. I added the mats cause vet wanted me to do so cause one of them keeps getting bad thrush. Now they sleep outside of run in cause is also sand but vet wants me to make it a dry lot, so Im debating on what to do.
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post #8 of 18 Old 07-27-2020, 07:53 AM
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Yes, I use wood pellets. But I don't have your typical run-in. Mine is basically two stalls converted into one 24' x 12' space with two 4' wide openings that lead out into the paddock. Some pellets find their way out, but not much. I hardly put anything in there in the summer. I might add a bag each week. Pellets aren't as fluffy as shavings and don't tend to get kicked around as easily. I only have enough down to absorb pee and prevent it from splashing up on their legs. Also for comfort since I have concrete under the mats. They like to come in there to get away from flies and weather.
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My 15x33' run-in shed is just cushion sand. Unless I added some sort of foot board, the horses would just track the shavings out.

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In the winter I will bed my big run-in with straw. It gives the horses some extra bedding/warmth as that is where they like to hang out when the weather gets really cold.

In the summer, my run-ins are just dirt and no bedding. They don't generally go to the bathroom in the shed.

It is completely up to you if you bed it down - and you can try a couple different products to see what works best for you. I feel that if you live in a wet climate, the shavings would just get trampled down and not really do much, but it is trial and error.
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