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post #1 of 4 Old 01-01-2011, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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I keep Chili at a friend's barn and we use sawdust but the last batch was damp and frozen and it took longer to declump the sawdust than to muck her stall.

We're about out and I think she is going to get more sawdust (from the same guy - she says she'd rather buy from someone where she knows the wood we're getting which makes sense). I'd like to use perhaps sawdust (hoping Chili doesn't eat it as she's a piglet and might eat anything!) and wanted to know opinions.

There are heavy duty horse mats in the stalls as well. No dirt/no mud. Just pee and poo.

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-01-2011, 10:44 PM
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We use bagged shavings and have for 20 years, rarely have problems with it freezing unless it gets under the dutch doors. Straw is VERY hard to clean and requires a certain....ahh, technique. It's also very heavy when you go to pick it....stripping it isn't fun either! A lot of people use it, though, cause it supposedly keeps the horse warmer in winter months.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-01-2011, 10:53 PM
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can i also just ask a quick question here... without making a separate thread:
Does anyone use those Sweet PDZ?? as most of you have heard, California has been getting a ton of rain and my shavings are lasting less than a week. which is costing me about $85 extra a month. I'm willing to try anything. ANYTHING to keep my cost down as well as keep his stall fresh and clean. Anyone have any ideas or things they use???

(3 bags a week at $7.50 a bag is our normal weekly thing, however i'm on about 6 bags a week with the rains! eeeeek!)

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post #4 of 4 Old 01-03-2011, 09:00 AM
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I found straw to be the worst bedding. It doesn't absorb the pee, and you have to throw all of it.... Can you dry the sawdust? Like let the pile to sit under the sun? I personally buy sawdust/shavings mix in bulk - that's the cheapest way to go.
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