I am going to zone finals where the temporary stalls are on concrete and I feel like I should put some type of mat or something under the shavings.
When it comes to temporary stalls at horse shows- what do you put down, if anything, under your shavings? If it is a mat, where do you get them? I know I can get them at our local supply store but they are really heavy and will need multiple ones to put down to cover the space. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!
Some people will take mats to these types of shows, but they are heavy and you need to have a good way to transport them. Me....well I just put down 8-10 bags of shavings (depending on the size of the stall) and I find that is ample deep enough to keep my horse safe and comfortable.
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While mats would be ideal (and you can find the lighter weight ones, I think they're called Mighty Lite mats) they are expensive and cumbersome. When we have to bed on concrete (luckily only at one venue around here), we just bed extra deep and pack feet at night if necessary. I might have a different answer if I were bedding on concrete on a regular basis, but for one show just bed extra deep and you should be fine.
Last edited by Celeritas; Sep. 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM.
We use the thickest foam insulation panels we can find at Lowe's or Home Depot. They're usually about 2" and come in 4 x 8 sheets. Easy to cut and fit in the stall. Then bed with 10 - 12 bags of shavings.
We used to bring these little 2x2 foot mats that locked together. They weren't thick, but they helped. They only cost about $40 bucks for enough to cover a stall- but they didn't last forever. We don't currently do any shows with concrete stabling.
It's not my favorite thing in the whole wide world (I prefer rubber mats in any context, regardless of the bedding) but my horses currently live on concrete-based stalls. They are heavily bedded with straw and have had no adverse reactions. It's fluffy, cheap, easy to clean. YMMV, however, as the straw is used in this barn because it's an old cow barn with slightly slanted floors that allow for excellent urine drainage down the channels.
It gets tricky to clean, but a straw/shavings mix for the duration of the show might help with the fluffy AND absorbent angle you might want, especially if you have the time to clean it or the finances to support stripping daily or every other daily
I have one who's legs swell on concrete and one who sleeps a ton and ends up scraping his hocks. I put down a half a bale of straw under plenty of savings. Works great. Like the foam insulation idea... does it not compress under their weight too much?