Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I've always used straw, and although I find shavings or sawdust easier to clean, I prefer straw for it's comfort level. I always see horses bedded down in concrete stalls with sawdust and I just cringe - nothing like a big fluffy bed of straw to induce comfort! It's also MUCH safer for birthing mares. But yes, it gets dirtier much easier and has less absorption.
Most people use wheat straw, which most horses won't actually eat if they're being fed a good diet. Our horses get an alfalfa mix, and they wouldn't eat straw if it was the last thing standing. However, I had an abused and neglected mare that routinely ate all her hay and half her bedding every night for two months when we got her before she figured out she wasn't going without food ever again.
Oat straw is what most people use as a filler food, so while it's typically used as a bedding, it's tastier to horses. However, it's also more absorbent then the other types of straw.
Straw isn't expensive at all, typically it runs around $2.00 a bale. I've paid $3.00 for super compact bales, but that was a one time thing and I've never paid over $2.00 for any other bales which usually run between 30-40lbs.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.