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        12-13-2012, 02:53 PM
      #11
    Trained
    I think we had these threads last winter, too

    EVERYBODY has their favorites. I use 1-2 bags of "Equine Fresh", the extruded, super-dry pine pellets/stall/horse, in the stall where my horse pees . If you use them, do NOT follow the instructions which tell you to mist them with water, first. I put a package of pine shavings and on top of them. They soak up urine, turn to a powder, then soak it up a 2nd time.
    USUALLY, with daily turnout, I don't have to fully strip a stall for one week. BUT, we live in IL, which used to be a swamp and is often cold and damp in the winter, so sometimes I have to replace it sooner.
    Don't look down on straw. Sometimes we have dropped down to a low of -20 degrees F in January. When that happens my horses really appreciate 3-4 flakes of straw to lay to radiate their heat back on them at 5-6 am, when the radiational cooling, on a clear, cold, night, is the worst.
    You need to watch to see how each horse decides to use his stall for placement of the pine pellets and where you pile on shavings and maybe use some straw.
    I just bought 10 bales of straw, and it may last the whole winter. My supplier has more, if I need it, too. =D
         
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        12-13-2012, 02:54 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Availability and budget will play a part in your choices. Where I am straw is cheapest and easiest to find so that's what is used. Shavings can be gotten but are more costly so I use shavings in the horse trailer only. In the perfect world, I'd probably go with shavings.
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        12-13-2012, 04:53 PM
      #13
    Showing
    I use pine shavings that I get in bulk from a local lumber mill. It saves us SO much to buy in bulk, as bagged shavings here have gone up to $8 a bag, and I use a lot of shavings for my stalls. We had 8-ft sides built on a 20ft long flatbed with no top, and we're able to drive right under the chute and let them fill it up for us. It's hard to beat $4/cubic yard!
         
        12-13-2012, 05:20 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I'll definitely look into the lumber yard. Good idea!
    I just bought 5 bags of shavings (stallion) at $8.99 each! The pellets are $5.69/bag. I like your idea of using both. Especially since my boys are going to spend more time stalled then I would like.
    Straw is about $6/bale here and I just tossed 2 bales in 2 days so I don't see how that is cheaper in my case. Except that I was given the straw lol. I will keep it aside for cold nights. My horses are messy and will poop anywhere... I wish they were like my llamas. They always go in the same spot.
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        12-13-2012, 05:56 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    I'm a big fan of rubber matting. The yard I used to work at used rubber matting with a thin layer of shavings to absorb the urine, and we only needed a bale of shavings every two weeks or so with horses being stabled during the day every day. At the moment, I'm back on a shavings deep litter bed in my new yard, but have just ordered the matting for my stable as, whilst more expensive to start, saves a lot of money on bedding over time and is so easy to hose down and disinfect regularly to keep the stable super clean... and skipping out has never been so easy!
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        12-13-2012, 06:01 PM
      #16
    Showing
    Prismis, you chose the wrong straw. If it was oat straw they'll be in to that before you finish bedding. What you want is wheat straw. We used that in Winnipeg, same as the race track, and it is great bedding material. AND the horses don't eat it. There is a bit of an art to bedding with straw to get the best mileage out of it yet do the job. If you go with wheat straw pm me and I'll give you some pointers.
         
        12-14-2012, 12:00 AM
      #17
    Foal
    We converted part of greenhouse so they're floor is actually like a landscaping canvas/tarp material. Quite easy to sweep and hose off :)
    Saddlebag- thank you. If we decide to try straw again i'll let you know
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        12-14-2012, 12:31 AM
      #18
    Started
    I LOVE the bags wood pellets for my single horse. When I was a barn hand we used shavings/sawdust, which was great too, but I think you have to have more horses for it to be economical to buy, transport and store loose shavings. I don't bother with the bagged shavings, as I think the pellets are better value.
         
        12-14-2012, 01:37 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Like pine shavings but can get expensive by the bag.
         
        12-14-2012, 07:16 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    Equine Pine is what we use and I really like it.
         

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