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post #11 of 13 Old 02-03-2012, 03:05 PM
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Goin' crazy with my new camera, lol!

Sorry, just got THE pocket camera I wanted for Christmas--THANKS Lizzy and Tori (DD's)!!!...a Nikon COOLPIX S6200, so I pull it out all of the time now to take pictures. ANYWAY, I took some shots after I stripped my gelding's 12 x 12 stall, and I'll caption them:
#1, stripped the stall, left the older, still usable shavings, and opened two 40 lb packages of EquineFresh where "Sweet Cup & Cakes" likes to pee~

#2 This is what the pellets look like right out of the plastic packaging~

#3 I do NOT wet them. We in IL have enough winter humidity. You add humitidy from animal respiration and a few days of this, and the pellets look like this.~

#4 Piled on pine shavings--this was only about 2/3 of a bag--and I let my horse walk around and spread it out.

I spot clean the poo and strip out the twice-used pellets when they look like wet sawdust, and pour new in it's place.
The BIGGEST differences in using the pellets is you don't get hit by a wall of ammonia and I use 1/2 the bags of shavings that I used to buy.
Equine Fresh 40 lb pellets--$5.49/bag
Pine Shavings--$3.99-5.50/bag
Hard to say if it's cost effective, BUT the whole barn smells cleaner, now.
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post #12 of 13 Old 02-04-2012, 03:24 PM
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My favorite bedding hands down is fine sawdust purchased in bulk from a sawmill near our house. I think we spend about $30 for a giant scoop that fills our truck bed. It is much finer than shavings or anything else really, and can make a really nice bed for them. If you have dirt floors like us most of the pee will only soak the sawdust in one area then just absorb into the ground. You can also use products like PDZ to add to sawdust. PDZ absorbs ammonia very well, and gives your sawdust the same basic effect as the products that are supposed to absorb the pee.

My friends kept telling me to try equine pine because it was supposed to absorb urine, however for the price it was, and the tiny amount of bedding they had in the stall I didn't think it sounded all that great.

Straw is a royal pain to muck out, and unless you have a mare and foal. (Foals can get an infection from sawdust and other beddings in their umbilical cord soon after being born.) So for mares that are going to foal soon or have a foal, until the foal's umbilical is dried up, always use straw or a similar bedding.

I hear paper is cost effective, but will get everywhere and it's not exactly nice looking.

So yeah my recommendation is to use sawmill sawdust if you can find any near you, and can store it. If not wood shavings work quite well. I recommend a urine absorbing product as well, especially if you have concrete or other non absorbent floors.

Also fun hint: For those who can legally burn in their area, and are not too close to any neighbors, if you put your manure a decent distance from buildings and such, you can burn it. We live on a hill and our manure pile is a decent distance from any of our neighbors so smoke is never blowing into their yards and such. It won't burn like a roaring fire mind you, it just sorta smolders away as time passes. Just make sure the pile is dry and spread the ashes to new unlit areas. This is just a tip to anyone who may have issues getting rid of their manure since I know it can be a problem with some people.
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post #13 of 13 Old 02-04-2012, 06:18 PM
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I learned to bed the way it is done at the race tracks with wheat straw. Horses do not eat it nor is it dusty. It's a bit of an art cleaning and bedding a straw bedded stall. The manure is removed, then the worst of the urine soaked straw. The remaining straw is fluffed up against the stall walls so that any remaining pee'd on straw get a chance to dry. It is usually confined to one area along the wall. Before the horses are bedded for the night, the pee'd on straw is pulled in and fluffed up when the horse usually dumps. The remaining straw is fluffed and spread around the stall, about two feet in from the walls. Fresh straw is then fluffed on top. By bedding this way waste is kept to a minimum. I've seen people throw out almost all the bedding and this is what drives the costs up.
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