Alternatives to shavings as bedding? - The Horse Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 07-05-2010, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 39
• Horses: 1
Alternatives to shavings as bedding?

What do you use/prefer? Straw? Pellets?
mishaaliana is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 Old 07-05-2010, 07:47 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: In the saddle.
Posts: 5,157
• Horses: 1
Pellets are horrible. They harbour mites, mold, fungi and other lovely things. Straw is the best choice for horse health, but it is harder to clean and can smell. Shavings are the most widely used because they usually pose no threats to health (barring allergies), are easy to clean and smell nice.
~*~anebel~*~ is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 07-05-2010, 08:08 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Solway MN
Posts: 1,032
• Horses: 6
I prefer shavings in my animal pens- I get all I need for free from a local saw mill.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
draftrider is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 07-05-2010, 08:33 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Ontario
Posts: 32
• Horses: 2
Peat moss is another alternative. Per pound each it holds 8 more lbs of water compared to shavings, is usually dust free, and composts quickly. The drawbacks is it can be heavy to shovel when wet and difficult to see manure.

"I don't blame my horse. He's just being the best he can be in spite of me."
Madiera is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 07-05-2010, 09:35 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: wisconsin
Posts: 5,695
• Horses: 3
we use sawdust with no issue at my barn. A lot of people don't like it bc it can be dusty, but our barn is really open & it isnt a bother unless it is super windy, when it will blow around a bit.

Gypsy & Scout <3
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein
gypsygirl is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 07-05-2010, 09:37 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
I buy funny mix of shavings and sawdust. It's not as "dusty" as sawdust, but smaller then shavings. I tried straw and hated it - doesn't soak pee at all.
kitten_Val is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 07-06-2010, 04:49 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 74
• Horses: 2
I can tell you what NOT to use. The other boarder at the barn used mulch from trees she chipped up that she had cut. It doesn't absorn anything and the stalls are in horrible shape. Not to mention the sharp pieces of mulch that get stuck in their feet. Horrible stuff! I ground cleaned my girls stalls and put in shavings which are much nicer. (This mulch stuff was in my girls stalls because she talked the previous owner into letting her put it in there.) It was super heavy because it had started to decompose and nasty, nasty, nasty.
squeak351 is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 07-06-2010, 05:01 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Posts: 16,260
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~ View Post
Pellets are horrible. They harbour mites, mold, fungi and other lovely things.
I'm not sure where you heard that, but I have to disagree.

I use pelleted bedding, and all you have to do is make sure it's cleaned just like any other type of bedding. Get out the urine spots and pick the rest, and it's fine.

I've found with the pellets that I have fewer flies in the stalls than with any other kind of bedding. I also buy the type that's supposed to be anti-fungal.

I don't lay it down dry; I water mine down in the wheelbarrow before I put it in the stalls. Each bag of pellets makes a nice, rounded wheelbarrow full of bedding.

Straw may be the warmest bedding in the winter, but I'm not particularly fond of it. I've used it, and I have to strip the stalls each time I clean them because straw bedding can get rather rank very quickly.
Speed Racer is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 07-06-2010, 05:07 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Idaho, USA
Posts: 650
• Horses: 7
I've seen dried leaves used. . . Never tried it, though.
payette is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 07-06-2010, 05:09 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: GA
Posts: 466
• Horses: 0
Thumbs down

Quote:
Originally Posted by payette View Post
I've seen dried leaves used. . . Never tried it, though.
eh....?
Regan7312 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
alternatives to BAK gypsygirl Horse Health 0 02-02-2010 08:20 AM
Alternatives to Winter Breeches (Under Armour + Jeans?) jinxremoving Horse Tack and Equipment 10 12-19-2009 06:22 PM
Stall bedding Alternatives/Itch relief stacieandtheboys Horse Health 16 05-20-2009 02:59 PM
Shavings?? kickshaw Horse Talk 11 08-28-2008 12:02 PM
Saddle cleaning alternatives girl_on_black_pony Horse Tack and Equipment 6 08-04-2008 10:38 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome