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    07-06-2010, 05:18 PM
I use sawdust because 1 of my horses is a BIG time stall walker and another, while not a walker, is a PIG. Only my gelding keeps a neat stall.

So, since I spend lots of time mucking, the sawdust is the easiest to clean. I sift it with a fine-tine muck fork and it gets all but the tiniest "nuggets".

The mill I use doesn't have very dusty sawdust but I still water it a little each day before the horses come in.

Shavings are a PITA with my stall walkers. I LOVE pellet bedding, but it's too pricey for me at this point in time.
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    07-06-2010, 05:27 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
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.
It's not something I've heard about, it's something I've seen first hand. Long story short my horse was moved out of that barn very, very quickly after he was covered in welts, thrushy and had a nice cough. When the bedding was tested it was found to be full of mites, molds and some fungi. It was managed the same way, removal of urine and manure and put in damp so it would expand.
If I was ever forced to use it I would strip and disinfect the stalls weekly.

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