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    12-10-2011, 12:40 AM
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okay. The Woody Pet pellets that I use now are pretty dusty. Although "misting" them does help a little. My horses eat their hay off of the floor in their stalls, so would that matter? If they aren't directly eating the pellets themselves?
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    12-10-2011, 12:44 AM
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It is not something I would worry about myself, though if you look at my risk evaluations compared to some others, I seem to be less of a worrier. As small as that wood (or potentially even plastic) is ground, I can't see it causing a problem if they ate a little here or there in the course of a day. Now if they were eating like it was their job, then yeah, maybe it would block things up, but I bet even then they'd be able to ferment it a bit since it's so finely ground and actually get a little bit of fuel out of it themselves. JMO. And not that I am advocating feeding horses wood, finely ground or not. Actually, convincing some horse NOT to eat wood is a problem...
     
    12-10-2011, 09:15 AM
  #13
Green Broke
I'm on the fence now. I think I will go to the farm store and read the ingredients in the wood stove pellts. Even mixing half and half would be a significant savings. My boys don't eat the pellets per say, but like Sarahann's they do eat hay off the stall floor. How much black walnut shaving and dust does it take to cause laminitis?
     
    12-10-2011, 09:40 AM
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The pellets come in different qualities. The ones that provide the longest burn make poor bedding as far as absorbing urine. The cheaper pellets do not provide as good a burn so might work for bedding. All you can do is try a bag and see how it works. If you can find a small sawmill in your area, most will give the sawdust away if you bag it yourself. Pine or spruce is safe, a product of large sawmills.Any mill processing these woods don't want other species as it means more handling of the wood to keep it separate.
     
    12-10-2011, 10:07 AM
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Personally, I wouldnt use the wood stove pellets. But then, unlike sharpie, I AM a worry wart....an ULTIMATE worry wart, to be honest.

Anyone try the corn cob pellets? They don't smell good like the pine ones, but they do their job well. Are a tad cheaper also.

We don't use them, though because Epona eats them. I mean, great mouthfulls of them. I wonder if she thinks they are a type of "grain" or if she just loves corn products!?

Anyhow, when we tried to use them, we had to completely strip her stall bare of them, she was gulping them down in alarming amounts. She doesn't eat the pine pellets though...just the corn ones!
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    12-10-2011, 10:37 AM
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If you can find a small sawmill in your area, most will give the sawdust away if you bag it yourself.

Nope, not anymore. They've found a lucrative market for all that sawdust. Why give it away when it can turn a profit for them?

For all of you who use the wood stove pellets as bedding, that's your business. I'd rather err on the side of caution than use a potentially harmful substance.
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    12-10-2011, 10:55 AM
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Green Broke
I'm lucky that my dad owns a saw mill! I get free sawdust! But you could still look in your area for individual people with sawmills to take their sawdust.
     
    12-12-2011, 08:21 AM
  #18
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Hi,
I work for a company that makes both animal bedding and fuel pellets. Depending on where you are located, it may or may not be OK to use fuel pellets for horse bedding.

Bedding pellets are usually made using only kiln dried softwood (pine, spruce, fir etc.) fiber. The softwoods are far more absorbent of both liquid and odors than the mixed hardwoods often found in fuel pellets. Also, as someone else pointed out, hardwood pellets can contain black walnut which can cause laminitis in horses.

Some of this depends on where you are geographically and what type of fuel pellets are offered for sale. In areas where softwoods are prevelant (Canada, the Pacific northwest, New England), they are often used for fuel pellets as well. If the fuel pellets in your area are 100% softwood, then I don't see any reason why you couldn't use them for bedding. But in the eastern part of the U.S., where hardwoods are the most common species used for fuel pellets, I would steer clear of using fuel pellets for bedding.

I hope this helps.
Rich
     
    12-12-2011, 08:50 AM
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Green Broke
Rich, This helps alot. I live in central US mostly oak and hickory forests. I will see where the pellets around here are made. Thanks!!
     
    12-12-2011, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Rich    
Hi,
I work for a company that makes both animal bedding and fuel pellets. Depending on where you are located, it may or may not be OK to use fuel pellets for horse bedding.

Bedding pellets are usually made using only kiln dried softwood (pine, spruce, fir etc.) fiber. The softwoods are far more absorbent of both liquid and odors than the mixed hardwoods often found in fuel pellets. Also, as someone else pointed out, hardwood pellets can contain black walnut which can cause laminitis in horses.

Some of this depends on where you are geographically and what type of fuel pellets are offered for sale. In areas where softwoods are prevelant (Canada, the Pacific northwest, New England), they are often used for fuel pellets as well. If the fuel pellets in your area are 100% softwood, then I don't see any reason why you couldn't use them for bedding. But in the eastern part of the U.S., where hardwoods are the most common species used for fuel pellets, I would steer clear of using fuel pellets for bedding.

I hope this helps.
Rich

Do you consider New England to be where soft woods are prevalent, or where hard woods are? You said New England in one and then the Eastern US in another. I understand New England to be in the Eastern part of the US...

And this is helpful. Thank you. I am wondering if there is a number I can call for manufacturing questions on pellet stove pellets.
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