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Re: [RC] Shavings - Purpose of . . . - Carrie - marybenstover

I use shavings because:


When I get where I am going the trailer is not a total mess and smelly.


I can pick up the horse poop and rake the shavings all in a pile towards the front so the floor can air out. 


Then I spread the shavings back out (something like cleaning a stall) and the dog stays back there.


Also I think shavings absorb a lot of the heat from the road.  I have drop down windows so use a fly mask to protect their eyes, although I really don't think there is a lot of dust from the shavings.  Otherwise, there would be some on the horses I would think.









----- Original Message -----
From: "Carrie E Civ USAF AFSPC 30 MDSS/SGSLF Kitley" <carrie.kitley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 2:59:34 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: RE: [RC] Shavings - Purpose of . . .  - Carrie

To be totally honest, I'm not sure what the purpose of putting shavings
in the trailer is??  I guess I can understand if you're hauling horses
on a really long trip, it would serve to absorb urine?  In our trailer,
the urine just drains out the back and onto the ground . . . .  and our
horses don't seem to care whether they stand on a rubber mat, poop, pee
or dirt.  But then again, I don't usually haul anywhere more than 4 to 5
hours away.  
Or is it to make trailer life more cushy for the horse?  I guess I just
don't see the point in it as it just seems to mean more work, expense,
more mess to clean up later, etc.
I would love to hear about the advantages of using shavings in a
trailer.  I'm not being facetious, I'm actually curious.

Carrie Kitley
30th Medical Group, Vandenberg AFB
DMLSS Database Sustainment Specialist (DSS)
CACI International Inc, www.caci.com
DSN:  276-1077
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