We get our bedding from the rough cut sawmill, for less than $10 for a heaping pick-up truck bed full. They call it sawdust, but it is really tiny wood chips. (I'll attach a picture at the end.) And it's still somewhat green, so there is no dust at all with it. It works great. But it has to be brought in by the truckload, unloaded by hand, and stored in an empty dry stall. Which is a pain. I have very messy horses, so I go through a lot. Bagged or shredded would not be very cost efficient for me.
I have used straw before, I hated it. Because it doesn't take long for it to get packed down into a tight mat, and it's very hard to clean unless you strip and re-bed every day, or pick it every couple hours when they are in, so it seems like a lot of waste. And it doesn't absorb urine, so that either soaks into your floor, or puddles on it.
One of the barns I used to work for used the big fluffy bagged shavings, and I have used them in a pinch when the "sawdust" at the mill was wet and we couldn't get any, and while they worked alright, they were very dusty and there was a lot of waste, as you can't really shake out the good bedding, as it all is too big to fall through the fork well.
"Keep a leg on each side and your mind in the middle"
Last edited by apachiedragon; 03-26-2011 at 11:58 AM.