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    06-25-2013, 04:21 PM
  #11
Trained
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Originally Posted by swimminchikin    
Thanks for all the responses!

Yep. The Superfork does look very similar to mine.

Joe, I'll trade you chickens. We have tons of them running alllllll over the place, but they don't clean quite as much as that.

I'd love to leave the horses free range 24/7, but we have predators of the 2 legged kind. I'm completely surrounded by city folk and teenagers so my guys are locked in at night with the barn dogs so I know they can't be turned loose to run down the highway. People can be quite special some times.

Dreamcatcher, I had no idea they made motorized forks and now I'm drooling with jealousy. Drooling. :) I do work an office job, so I consider stall cleaning a form of exercise, so no motor for me yet. Someday though...

I'm pretty familiar with allergies, having dealt with them in the past with a different mare so I'm pretty sure it's not that. The two geldings have been here for a long time and there were no issues until switching bedding. I'm wondering if the TSC brand of pellets is lousy. They turn to dust super fast.

My plan is to switch back to shavings and see how it goes. If there's not a change I'll call the vet for a consult. Thankfully, it's nothing too serious, just the sniffles, but I want to be proactive as much as I can.
You know what, I have used the TSC pelleted bedding and didn't much like it. It was kinda dusty/crumbly, not as nice as other brands. If that's where you shop, check and see if they have the corn cob bedding, I tried some of that and it was awesome stuff. I didn't have solid flooring in my barn at the time and I didn't like it on dirt, but on a solid floor, I'd have LOVED the corn cob one.
     
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    06-25-2013, 04:34 PM
  #12
Foal
Yes! They do have the corn cob bedding. I'll definitely try that first. I was beginning to think all pelleted bedding was dry and super dusty.

The stalls do have solid floors with rubber mats so that should work very well. Thank you!
     
    06-25-2013, 04:36 PM
  #13
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
Straw here costs $7/bale. Pelleted bedding is $5/bag and flakes by the bag are $4.75. I can buy shavings at $250 the truck load for a 15 cu. Yard load and that will last me 6 months. Maybe longer now that I'm down to 5 horses. A pallet of flakes or pellets is also $250 and at 5-8 bags per stall for a complete strip, I can barely strip and re-bed with a pallet. I use straw for 2 weeks in a foaling stall and then switch back to shavings.
Yeah, price is a consideration. I probably would do shavings, if it wasn't for all that leftover oat hay, actually more straw than hay, cut late, which is basically turning into bedding for the run-in 's. So very little straw is actually needed
     
    06-27-2013, 01:22 AM
  #14
Weanling
I second the Shake N'Fork, but definitely get the smaller tines basket. I use pellets and its an absolute life saver. I love it!
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