Saturday, August 30, 2014

Horse product reviews and pelleted bedding

I love reading all the horse product reviews that other bloggers write. It's really informative to hear which products people like and what they like about them - or which products they don't like!

I'll have to think about which products I like and could review. For example, I'm currently trying out pelleted bedding in P and AP's shelter. I only use a little bit for the pee spots, and so far it seems to keep things drier which helps extend the life of the shavings. I just picked up a no-name bag at our local store, and I believe that different brands have different levels of absorbency. I may try another brand next time.

I would definitely continue using a mix of shavings and pelleted bedding. It's hard for me to keep the pellets watered enough to break down but not get dusty. But so far the mix of pelleted bedding seems to be a success!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Getting organized

It's that time of year where I start thinking about all the little things that need to be done around the barn. Things need to be cleaned and organized and ready to be put away for winter. I also need to go through some of my old horse stuff and see what needs to be kept and what can be given away or tossed.

It's a big job, and I'm trying to do a little bit every weekend. The amount of stuff that you collect as a horse person always amazes me! If anyone has any barn decluttering tips, please let me know!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Aspiring to be a more efficient stall cleaner

I'm aspiring to be a more efficient stall cleaner.

P and AP are turned out with a shelter, and we bed the shelter with shavings, as they lie down in there and it seems to be easier on their aging bones. Unfortunately, they also use the shavings as a bathroom, and I'd like to be more efficient at cleaning the shelter and their turnout.

I try to keep up with the cleaning daily because it's a much bigger job if I don't. But it's the daily cleaning that I need to be more efficient with. I'm thinking about mixing some pelleted bedding in the main pee spots - the extra absorbency might help, although I worry that I would end up taking out a lot of pelleted bedding every day. That could get expensive.

Any ideas from the speedy stall cleaners out there?