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  • Pine shavings for horses review
  • Shredding pine shavings for horses

 
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    08-26-2008, 11:29 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Shavings??

Ok, where do you all get your shavings from?

Buy in bulk? Use the bagged shavings?

The economy stinks, as we all know...and our regular supplier is having a hard time keeping up with everyone - - any suggestions? (btw...we don't have any way to haul shavings in bulk, so they'd have to be delivered.)

For anyone close, we're in metro atlanta...
     
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    08-27-2008, 12:13 AM
  #2
Started
Here's a green suggestion: use newspaper. Get a good shredder, find a supplier, and you can supplement your shavings with it.
     
    08-27-2008, 10:48 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Sara, what kind of shredder are we talking - one that I could purchase?
     
    08-27-2008, 11:03 AM
  #4
Started
There are lots of different kinds to choose from, including some industrial models for high-volume stuff which are pretty expensive, but used for large numbers of livestock. My friend uses a high-quality office shredder that makes strips, which are easier to pick up with a manure fork. She has three horses who spend most of their time outside, so she doesn't make a lot, but it helps stretch her shavings. The local coffee shops and one of the grocery stores gives her their old newspapers.

I THINK you can also buy baled shredded paper...but I'm not sure about where or the cost of doing that.
     
    08-27-2008, 11:11 AM
  #5
Green Broke
We actually get our shavings from a cabinet making factory! I don't know if that would work on a smaller scale though. We pay for the cost of a giant dumpster that they keep there and when it's full they deliver it. It's SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper (shavings are free, just the cost of the dumpster) but it's a heck of a lot of shavings. We have about 60 horses on the property with most of them in stalls and they do a delivery about once a week. Almost all of it is pine, but you do have to make sure that they don't put in certain kind of wood though (like cedar). There have been a few times it's been a bit dusty but generally it's fantastic shavings.
     
    08-27-2008, 02:58 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Cabinet makers, eh? I'll have to check into that - thanks!!

Also will check into the baled shredded newspaper and a shredder...that might get a bit tough shredding that much...but definitely worth a shot!

Thanks Guys!!!
     
    08-27-2008, 04:14 PM
  #7
Super Moderator
...but isn't cherry poisinois? What if they use cherry?


I was getting mine from a local sawmill for $20 a truck load but some stupid women backed her car into the loader and sued... so the rest of us must suffer... Now I pay $5 a bag at tractor supply or booth feeds... sucks because I have 5 stalls I'm using.....
     
    08-27-2008, 06:36 PM
  #8
Green Broke
^^^ That's the position we're in...when I looked at how much I spent last year I was shocked - - over $250 (for 2 horses) in one month!!!

I can't do that again this year!!!

I've started to call folks that make pallets...i'll let you know what I hear from them - baled newspaper is .32 per pound...$320 for 1000 lbs (and I don't think 1000 lbs is really that much..) hmm. I asked the AJC what they do with their old newspapers...i'll let you know what they say too.

No cabinet makers that I can find here, unfortunately.

Thanks and Keep the ideas coming!!!
     
    08-27-2008, 08:20 PM
  #9
Green Broke
I get bags from TSC
     
    08-28-2008, 04:11 AM
  #10
Weanling
We go to the local lumbar yard. We get a pickup truck full for $12. MUCH cheaper than the bags. You can do quite a few with that much.
     

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