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    09-24-2009, 08:24 PM
Stall Shavings?

What do you bed your stalls with? I would like to find a really dust free alternative. I've been buying pine shavings from TSC that say they are low dust, but there is a LOT of dust IMO!

Anyone know what the Horse Pellets are that they sell for the stalls?

Although Dixie is NOT allergic to dust from shavings or hay, I am still trying to minimize her exposure to all things dusty because of her heaves.
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    09-24-2009, 10:55 PM
Green Broke
Pine pellets are good especially when damp.

They crumble when damp and get very cushy with minimal dust. Smells good too. Last a WHOLE lot longer.
    09-25-2009, 12:22 AM
Thanks. I think I'll get a couple bags this week and see how they work. Dixie is very wet in her stall, and it's been hard keeping the stall dry with her confined to it so much.
    09-25-2009, 12:25 AM
I use pine shavings right now but I have always wanted to try the pellets...there is some kind that you are supposed to wet down when you put it in the stall and it expands but I do not know what it is called.
    09-25-2009, 12:28 AM
I worked at abarn that used pellets axclusively. I liked them! They worked best if you put them in a big wheelbarrow and wet them (lots!) with HOT water. The fluff up great!
We just got a shipment of a new bedding called "Best Cobs". Never used it before. It's made from corn cobs after the kernal has been removed. The bag touts that it is dust free and non-allergenic. I can't speak for how it works, but I'll let you know. Seems cool, though!
    09-25-2009, 01:01 AM
I use the pellets too. Although I don't SOAK them like shesinthebarn said. I want it to fluff up and expand, but I don't want all of it to fluff up and expand. What I typically do is lay the bag down flat, cut a big X across the whole thing, open it up, and put between a quarter and a third of a water bucket in it. It doesn't matter what temperature the water is. I like them because it's cheaper, they last longer, and the smell great!

The trick with them though that a lot of people don't get, is when you clean up the wetted bedding, you only scoop up the really soaked stuff, and taking the rest of the wet and putting it along a wall. A few days later, it will be dry, and can be spread throughout the stall again. Seriously. =]
    09-25-2009, 01:32 AM
OMG! I use what my barn provides from the local saw mill (included in the $105 mo board) It is sooooo dusty, I hate it, but it would cost me another $20+ a week to use baled shavings
    09-25-2009, 09:05 AM
I actually use sawdust. I tried pellets, shavings, and those didn't absorb the pee very well, so horses were really upset about wet spots in stalls. Especially the paint who keeps it very clean most of the time. :)
    09-25-2009, 09:18 AM
We have here in the UK compressed wood pellets made from sawdust.
The dust lies down well enough partly because my mare pees ( and so will yours) but also because her feet and occasionally her coat is wet from rain. The pellets expand, break down into dust and absorb water.
The hooves also cruch the pellets.

On a daily basis all one does is to skip out the dung and the very wettest sawdust.

However I must mention that DIDI's stable has a concrete floor which has been covered with half inch thick rubber matting.

You have to watch that the pellets have been made from timber dust which was free from contamination - eg no chipboard dust which will contain pheolic resin.

The system works well for me - she uses a 10 litre bag about every 3 days,

It beats any day straw which does not absorb moisture & shavings which do not absorb moisture.

Trouble always is the cost of transport.

Barry G
    09-25-2009, 11:19 AM
Originally Posted by Barry Godden    
The dust lies down well enough partly because my mare pees ( and so will yours)
In fact one of mine doesn't 90% of the time being in stall!

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