What do you use to line the stalls in your barn?
I have rubber conveyor belting down first, then use shavings to absorb and give footing as the belting gets slippery when it is wet.
Anything more economical or inexpensive to use instead?
None that I have found. I have tried shredded paper; turned out to be a pain to clean out as it was too small of a cut to work well with a pitch fork
I have tried the pellets that you soak first so they expand. Not fond of watering anything in the dead of a northern MN winter where the temps can be -30* F or more.
We have used peat moss, for a horse with navicular. It was not cheap and was a mess to clean.
So I stick to shavings. They are relatively inexpensive and the easiest to clean.
Straw is the old stand by and works well. If left in too long, is a disaster to clean.
If I were to use orthopedic stall pads would I still need something at the bottoms like wood chips?
Yes. You need something to absorb urine and spilled water so the floors do not become slippery. The shavings also are aromatic and lend a clean fresh scent to the barn. Horse urine has a strong smell and you need something to absorb and deodorize so your eyes and your horse's eyes don't burn from the ammonia.
multi horse owner, 20+yrs