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post #31 of 36 Old 01-06-2012, 04:14 PM
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I bed on straw and pellets. I use the woodstove pellets and place a 1/2 bag pile in the center of the stall where my horses urinate. I then cover the entire stall with a thick layer of straw. I like straw bedding because its cheaper than shavings and IMO easier to pick. The pellets underneath absorb the extra moisture.
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post #32 of 36 Old 01-06-2012, 04:51 PM
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In the UK wood pellets are used for both stoves and horse bedding. No mention was ever made by the supplier of the composition of the wood powder from which they were compressed. Sales tax at 20% is levied on pellets used for bedding, when used for fuel there is no tax levied. The bags are the same.

The pellets absorb water readily and in doing so they expand and break down into powder. The powder is heavy enough to lie on the ground
It is better to lay down rubber matter to make cleaning easier.

After using the material I would say that it makes mucking out easier.
But there are two things to watch out for - the dust can in dry weather irritate the horse's throat unless the powder is kept moist.
The hooves of the horse will dry out in hot summer weather.

A big advantage to the barn owner is that the muck heaps are significantly smaller.

Compared with the use of straw, wood powder is 21st century technology. Straw was traditionally used because it was in years gone by freely available on the farm.
But straw has little moisture absorption capability and is bulky.

Note that wood chips do not have the absorption capability of wood powder pellets

I'd use wood powder again but I'd regularly sprinkle the bed with a watering can.
I might try blending powder with wood chips.

Note in the UK, muck heaps are coming into increasing inspection by the environmental agencies. The use of wood powder reduces the size of the problem.
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post #33 of 36 Old 01-13-2012, 03:46 AM
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A friend of mine at the barn uses stove pellets with no issues. She told me there is just one ingredient you need to look out for and most stove pellets don't have it... I can ask he tomorrow what it was for you.
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post #34 of 36 Old 12-30-2013, 10:39 AM
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A friend of mine has used wood stove pellet bedding in her stalls for years and years! No problems. I use it under my pine bedding to help soak up urine. It's just as good as the more expensive horse bedding. I haven't yet heard of anyone having a problem. I would say that, if you have a baby or a horse that might eat the stuff, go with a different bedding. I have yet to meet a horse that eats it. I also use it to soak up muddy spots in the paddock. It works great because it's cheap and turns into sand, which allows water to drain more easily.
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post #35 of 36 Old 01-11-2014, 10:56 AM
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I researched this a bit as I have a pellet stove along with 3 horses. Basically you just need to buy the right soft wood (pine) pellet that has very minimal additives. Better for horses, stove, and the air we breathe. Forums Home and other locations have reviews. Well into my 2nd year with no problems. In my experience there is the same amount of dust as with horse stall pellets. I wet them because my horses pee in their paddocks (yeah!) Kitty likes them too
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post #36 of 36 Old 01-11-2014, 11:03 AM
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Just to be clear, a horse does not have to eat black walnut to get sick. Some are so sensitive that just standing in it can cause fatal injuries.
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