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    12-07-2010, 03:05 PM
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I was told about this stuff by a couple of friends. It's basically pelleted pine sawdust. It's very absorbent. I've been very pleased with the way it's doing in Rose's stall. She is a very messy mare. With regular shavings, I was basically having to strip her stall twice a day. She would poo and pee and then walk it around, and dig it into a pile and lay on it. With this stuff the poo pretty much stays on top, and the pee is pretty much a clump. It's been like kitty litter for horses .

Has anybody else used this stuff?
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    12-07-2010, 03:07 PM
How expencive is it?
    12-07-2010, 03:51 PM
The farm I ride at uses it. It does work well. The only problem with it is, it's slippery. I always slide on it when I'm taking up in the stall.
    12-07-2010, 04:06 PM
I use it, along with corn cob bedding and pine shavings.

I wet mine down before I put it in the stalls, just enough so there aren't any hard pellets on which the horses can slip.

I alternate Equine Fresh with the other two types of bedding every time I clean my stalls. The Equine Fresh, corn cobs, and pine shavings make it nice and warm for the horses during these cold winter nights.
    12-08-2010, 09:05 AM
I paid something like $5 for a 40 lb bag, and I did wet it slightly when I put it in.

I hadn't heard of the corn cob bedding SR. Where could I get some?
    12-08-2010, 09:15 AM
I know several people who use it and it does seem to work well.

I use bulk sawdust that I get from a local lumber place. If I could not get that I would be using one of the pellet bedding products.
    12-08-2010, 09:18 AM
Charli, Tractor Supply sells corn cob bedding, as well as pine shavings and pelleted bedding.

All of it is perfectly safe, in case your horses like to nibble on their bedding. Mine do, since I'm obviously starving them.
    12-08-2010, 10:22 AM
I have used it also in the past. I had an extremely messy and very wet mare. It ended up costing me too much to fill the stall. I do love the concept though. I always wet mine when I put it in because I have heard stories of horses eating the pellets which then causes it to expand in their stomach. Not good...
    12-08-2010, 10:51 AM
I had done well with the regular shavings since I starting using stalls...until Rose. Not knowing completely, I think it's where her previous owner kept her stalled when she was in foal. The lady was too lazy to clean the stalls and paid a kid to come in and do it once a week...it was discusting!!! When I went to see Rose for the first time, she was just standing in the mess in an 8 x 10 totally enclosed stall...well, it did have a little window above the horses heads on the outside wall. Not to mention that the only time the one's that were being stalled really got out was when the stalls were being cleaned. All of them were dug out (I'm assuming by the horses being bored and wanting to get out) by at least a foot. You almost needed a step to get down into them. Really really sad situation. I may be wrong, but I think that the conditions she was kept in is what makes her think she has to "dig to China" whenever I walk into the barn. She also does it when she's outside and I come to feed. She stands impatiently at the gate at least slightly pawing in the air or actually digging in until I get their feed fixed and go out to get them. Amazingly enough though, she walks into the barn calmly and quietly. I put the lead on Rook and lead him and Rose just follows. I can't wait until I get my horsey fund built back up enough to get the stall mats and still have enough set aside for emergencys.
    12-08-2010, 11:03 AM
Unfortunately they do learn stall habits from the environment their in especially in the beginning. Sounds like hers was no good. It probably won't go away. We have a lot of horses that paw at feeding time, that's pretty common. Stall mats sound like they would be your answer;)

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