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What type of bedding do you use?

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  • Could i use any wood pellets for horse bed
  • Why do you use bedding pellets

View Poll Results: Which bedding do you use? Why?
Wood Pellets 9 24.32%
Wood Shavings 17 45.95%
Saw Dust 10 27.03%
Straw 3 8.11%
Nothing at all 3 8.11%
Something different? 3 8.11%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 37. You may not vote on this poll

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    12-17-2012, 10:38 PM
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Thumbs up What type of bedding do you use?

So I've been thinking alot about my horse's bedding - and I just love it! I use wood pellets, they are easy to clean, cheap if you buy in bulk, my horses are Always clean (I never get poo spots!) they're just awesome. So I'm left to wonder - why hasn't the entire world jumped on this band wagon? I see so many people using shavings and saw dust or straw or nothing at all!

So I figured I'd take a poll and see what everyone else uses
-wood pellets
-wood shavings
-saw dust
-straw
-nothing
-something completely different?
     
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    12-17-2012, 11:03 PM
  #2
Foal
I have a barefoot horse and my horse is in a 50x60 pen. To support his barefoot "lifestyle" I keep the dirt as dirt and have pea gravel around where he has to walk for food and water.

When I originally took him barefoot I kept him in nice fluffy shavings ( it was so nice he stayed so clean ) but my trimmer made the comment " that is like having him wear a pair of UGG boots and then you expect him to walk on the gravel "

Its all a learning process
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    12-18-2012, 12:03 AM
  #3
Weanling
My boarding barn uses saw dust mostly because its cheap for them to get from the local mill etc. And with 40 stalls they can afford to put in more bedding by using cheaper bedding. I personally prefer shavings, but they are more expensive and my gelding doesn't seem to have any problems with the saw dust so whatever. :)
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    12-18-2012, 12:13 AM
  #4
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I use a combo of about 75% wood pellets mixed with 25% fine bagged shavings. For us, it works better than just shavings.
     
    12-18-2012, 02:44 AM
  #5
Weanling
Saw dust is the best for absorbency in my opinion, but I use shavings instead. I have some mild allergy issues and find the shavings are easier on me when cleaning stalls than the saw dust. I also add wood pellets to my shavings for added absorbing power.
     
    12-18-2012, 05:57 PM
  #6
Foal
Natures Bedding Pellets and Pine Shavings are what my horses poop on :)
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    12-18-2012, 08:51 PM
  #7
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I use shavings, I don't thing saw dust is good to use because of the fine particles. Maybe its ok to use as a "first layer" and then put shavings or whatever on top?
     
    12-18-2012, 08:57 PM
  #8
Trained
Pellet bedding. Lasts longer, more absorbent, less dust, cheap. It's a total win. A lot of people who don't like it are usually using it wrong [like not letting the wet stuff dry]. I use it for my cat litter too, lol.
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    12-18-2012, 09:11 PM
  #9
Showing
Pine shavings in bulk. I bed very deeply and completely strip stalls every 2-3 days, as three of the five horses I keep at home are total stall pigs.
     
    12-18-2012, 09:31 PM
  #10
Foal
I've got one of those nasty pig horses too...That one doesn't get bedding because she pees and craps WAY to much. Have to strip everyday anyways. Bedding would be a waste.
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