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    10-27-2009, 11:51 AM
  #21
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I tried the pellets but maybe I didn't use enough... I wasn't happy with them...
     
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    10-27-2009, 01:42 PM
  #22
Green Broke
My barn uses pellets! I miss my shavings, I feel like it looks better. But they seem to absorb really well.

Sometimes we use a mixture of shavings and pellets.

I miss shavings because it doesnt cling to the hooves after you clean them [if groomin in stall] and it looks cleaner... the pellets just look like dirt... bleh but it works!
     
    10-27-2009, 07:37 PM
  #23
Started
I don't stall horses as a rule so I do use the pellets as I want it to absorb and "Look like dirt" lol Also my barn is fairly open and pellets don't blow around like shavings do. I mainly use it in my old appy's stall as he has access 24-7 with a corral. He will pee in the stall badly if there is fluffy bedding.
     
    10-27-2009, 08:14 PM
  #24
Foal
OK, so here's a trick I learned when I had my barn. There are a couple of brands of wood stove pellets that are the exact formula as the horse pellets. (You have to read the label for ingredients; you want the organic ones.) In the spring, when Home Depot etc are getting rid of whatever stove pellets they have leftover from the winter, you can buy a pallet or two at a greatly reduced price -- and they're cheaper than the horse packaged ones anyway -- and keep your stalls very well tended. I used the pellets very thickly over my stall mats 'cause I didn't like the mats to get wet at all. (I hated using the lyme.) The horses could lie down really comfortably in the fluffiness. I think the only downside is that some horses will eat them ... in which can you have to go back to shavings.
     
    10-27-2009, 08:59 PM
  #25
Green Broke
I found my pictures of the woodypets!

Here is before, with NO water added...




Here is after with about a gallon of water added..




You can clearly see how much it absorbs, and the finished 'fluffed up' product is dry to the touch, and can absorb LOTS more liquid!
     
    10-28-2009, 04:01 PM
  #26
Foal
Good to know so many people like these! We're about to try Equine Pine, which has no additives whatsoever, and is made from leftover wood... no new trees were cut down to make it. Hopefully we'll have as good of an experience as some of you!
     
    10-28-2009, 10:27 PM
  #27
Green Broke
Pellets are the way to go IMO!! They work great!
     
    10-29-2009, 01:11 AM
  #28
Green Broke
Maybe that's our barns problem... she doesnt soak them... she just puts it in and lets the horses crush them down, and like the rest of you add more when needed.

And it does look like dirt xD you have to agree LOL!
     
    10-29-2009, 08:30 AM
  #29
Foal
Wow ^^ Apparentley she has never learned how to use them. You should definatley tell her because I can't imagine that the horses are too comfortable on them without being soaked. Not to mention, I've stood on them before wetting them, and it's like standing on marbles. Very slippery. I would definatley show her this and tell her she's doing it wrong.
     
    10-29-2009, 11:18 AM
  #30
Green Broke
My BO does not soak them during this time of year, but she ads a huge amount of straw bedding in with them, so there is no slipping. But if you JUST put in the pellets, that would be very slippery.
     

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