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    12-12-2011, 09:14 AM
Hi SarahAnn - you make a good point - New England is in the east, and there tend to be a variety of products and species available, even though the most prevelant species that grows in New England are the softwoods.

I would be happy to answer questions about pellets, but I want to be careful about not appearing to try to use this site to sell my products.

My company's name is American Wood Fibers. Our website is and our phone number is 800-624-9663.

Administrator - if this violates any rules of the site, I apologize - just trying to help horse owners with accurate info.

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    12-12-2011, 11:04 AM
Green Broke
Thanks Rich, that info is nice. I live in the Pacific NW and most of our lumber is douglas fir and black walnut is fairly rare. Helps explain why it hasn't been an issue for my parents.
    12-12-2011, 11:24 AM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
No, do not use wood stove pellets in place of pelleted bedding.

Pelleted bedding is made of compressed pine only, while wood stove pellets are made from ANY types of wood waste left over from sawmilling or other wood manufacturing.

It's not safe for your horses, period.
AGREED. Even though I use them a lot from November to April, my horses STILL nibble on them a little bit the first time they get stalled.
    12-12-2011, 11:46 PM
So I did some quick research and in Texas... wood stove pellets are MORE expensive than horse bedding... am I missing something?
    12-13-2011, 12:42 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by starlinestables    
So I did some quick research and in Texas... wood stove pellets are MORE expensive than horse bedding... am I missing something?
Probably just a regional pricing difference.
    12-14-2011, 08:51 PM
The cost is about the same for the horse pellets or the stove pellets here through TSC. I'm in KS.
    12-15-2011, 08:34 PM
Here fuel pellets run about... $3 and horse pellets are $6+ depending on brand.

I used fuel pellets for a while, since they were so much cheaper. A lot of people at my barn use fuel pellets too. I never had a problem. If I was worried about my horse eating them, I would stand the bag up, open the top, dump a bunch of water in and let it soak. Once the bag expanded, I spread it around and it was more powdery and no actual pellets.

Fuel pellets are a bit dustier than horse pellets, but as long as I wetted them down every once and a while it was never a real problem.

Now that my horse goes outside and doesn't poo or anything in his stall (he has a run attached to his stall) I am using the horse pellets, just because then I don't have to worry about wetting them down.

In the summer when I go back to stripping his stall before shows and adding up to 10 bags of bedding (it's a nice big stall), I will probably go back to fuel pellets.
    12-19-2011, 06:42 PM
I use fuel pellets in my horse stall, and sometimes in my cat boxes. The thing I've noticed that's the biggest difference, is that the stove pellets take a little bit longer to absorbe. Which makes a difference in the cat box. However, my mare will pee wherever her butt happens to be. Which makes for a dirty stall. I dump several bags into her stall (still in pellett form) and she does a great job of relaxing them herself :) I dont' have issues using them. They are much cheaper. I don't really notice a difference in dust.
    12-22-2011, 01:33 AM
From what I know there are some woods that if the horse is exposed to could cause foundering ( cherry,black walnut,)
    12-22-2011, 11:01 AM
Our TS is now stocking the pellets labeled for wood stoves in the horse feed section right beside the corn cob pellets.

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