My daughter has a loan pony and we are going to stable it this year through the winter - we are new to the world of pony owning and I was just wondering if any of you have put that rubber matting down in your stables and whether you have noticed a decrease in the amount of bedding you have needed to use?
I haven't as mine live out, but I have been told that it is great, but works best with some ordinary bedding on top to adsorb the wee. One thing I have been told that it is really heavy to move - which needs to be done at least once a year to wash....
I have both of mine on rubber matting and straw. I do use much less bedding, but find that the rubber matting makes the bed sweat a bit so on straw they tend to stink. I do try to put enough down for them to sleep on though some people literally put only enough down to soak up pee. If i only had the one i would go back to shavings or the aubiose/hemp stuff, but as a months worth of straw only costs me £16 that is my only option.
I want to get some this year when he comes in for winter, probably any minute now (what a depressing thought) otherwise his shoes barely last 3 weeks because he scrapes so much in there at night. Will still have a deep comfy bed though.
Any recommendations for this matting? Want to spend least possible £££!
Hey Mitchy At our old yard i managed to salvage an old rubber mat off someone who was moving (was literally a stip about 2ft wide that i put in the front where my mare scraped and deep littered her bed which aubiose/hemcore which stopped her coming into contact with any concrete, alternatively an old bit of carpet can work.
I have a horse plus daughter's pony and they are both on rubber matting (bought for approx £200 per stable - big 16ft x 14ft stables) and they have paper beds down, my costs (and the time taken to muck out) have seriously gone down (was using approx 4 bags a week of paper before, now about 1 a week between the 2)
I might try the old carpet thing then, as we quite often play musical stables in the winter - there's not really enough to go round - and it would be a pain to move all that matting very often. Carpet sounds a lot more portable.
Holding out for as long as possible though, I HATE it because he hates it and his legs get all fluidy at first so they have to be bandaged at night for the first few weeks.
LISAD1 - i noticed you said you used paper - do you have a container thing for it? or does it just go on the muck heap?
I don't think we can put rubber down throughout the stable so i will just put it at the front and then I think we're going down the bedmax route for the rest. Cheapest i can find it locally is still £6.20 a bag delivered.