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post #11 of 21 Old 04-02-2007, 05:21 PM
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Have you tried asking your vet about it?
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post #12 of 21 Old 04-02-2007, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, no not yet, he's on a months holiday to Australia, so I thought I'd mention it to him when he comes back. :)
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post #13 of 21 Old 04-04-2007, 03:25 AM
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I'm a breeder, and we've always used wood shavings. Make sure they are not cedar or have any cherry wood in it. It can make the horses sick. we go to a local mill and get a yard for $12

Another thing you can use is rice hulls. It is supposed to be soft and absorbant and it won't hurt them if eaten. But they are not available in our area.

I have used straw before and it is a pain! I won't use it again. Not very absorbant and sticks to the baby. The shavings sometimes stick a little too, but no big deal to just brush them off. We've never had a problem with shavings.
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post #14 of 21 Old 04-04-2007, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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I'm a breeder, and we've always used wood shavings. Make sure they are not cedar or have any cherry wood in it. It can make the horses sick. we go to a local mill and get a yard for $12

Another thing you can use is rice hulls. It is supposed to be soft and absorbant and it won't hurt them if eaten. But they are not available in our area.

I have used straw before and it is a pain! I won't use it again. Not very absorbant and sticks to the baby. The shavings sometimes stick a little too, but no big deal to just brush them off. We've never had a problem with shavings.
Aww thanks! You've just made my day! I really didn't want to put her on straw... Thanks so much!
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post #15 of 21 Old 04-04-2007, 02:34 PM
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Thanks everyone for your advice/suggestions!

I just didn't like the idea of straw as I know how much she loves it. And I'd hate for her to get bunged up or colic etc.

A friend has suggested lightly sprinkling some kind of anti-bacterial or disenfectant fluid down, mixed with water and in a watering can, just to put her off eating it. What do you think?
i had a horse who used to scoff all his straw overnight it was horrible nd the amount of money it cost was huge, however the anti-bacterial spray or even just fairy liquid works, just so whenever they eat a bit they get a nasty taste and think eww thats horrible now, then gradually they sto eating it and you can have a normal eating horse lol that you know isnt going to bung up.

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post #16 of 21 Old 04-04-2007, 08:00 PM
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We use sawdust and put hay on top of that when it get's close to time for them to have the foal and it's worked out just fine for us. We just use the hay that they eat and not straw
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post #17 of 21 Old 04-04-2007, 08:57 PM
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I'd agree with the hay idea, but even if you do use straw, it would only be down for a few days and that amount of time won't hurt her. I personally don't like shavings because they are so hard to sift through a manure fork but they are better for a new baby than sawdust. I use a foaling stall with rubber mats, a thin layer of sawdust with a thick layer of straw on top of that. And I only keep straw down until the baby is dry. After that I go back to sawdust. Ideally I'd like my horses to foal on a warm day in grass but that's not always possible.
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post #18 of 21 Old 04-07-2007, 09:14 PM
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hey..a cylde at my barn is going to foal this summer and for the foaling stall we have rubber mats and shavings...i've also see a mare give birth to a foal in a stall with shavings too...it turned out really good...talk to someone who has experience with this stuff and explain your problem
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post #19 of 21 Old 06-26-2007, 10:44 PM
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http://www.guardianhorsebedding.com/pinepellets.htm
This is a great alternative to shavings OR straw when foaling and it lasts about twice as long as regular shavings!Just open the bag add water and go.

Hope this helps!
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post #20 of 21 Old 06-27-2007, 06:42 PM
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I dont know if you can get these at your feed store but We foal between 3-10 foals a year in stalls and the whole straw thing gets annoying because it almost always has to be changed out to keep the stall clean. We have found that they make these shavings out of cardboard and stuff. They are perfect for foaling stalls. They are just like shavings but there is no dust, their not small enough to get in the foals nostrils, and they clean up great. When we first used them we were scared that they would be eaten by the horses and wouldn't disolve when disposed but they are completly biodegradable !!!! These have been a great help for us and I recommend them to everyone I know.

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