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post #1 of 6 Old 10-04-2013, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Fresh Pine Mulch for Stall Shavings

Can anyone tell me if fresh cut pine mulch is safe for stall shavings. I have been buying shavings from my local Tractor Supply but we are about to take out a large amount of pines on our property and have it mulched up. I was hoping it would be safe to use as stall shavings.

Can anyone advise? Thank you

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-04-2013, 10:08 AM
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Shavings from Tractor Supply or any store are dried to be super absorbent.
They are also pretty small compared to what you will achieve from mulch...mulch if taken when a tree is downed is darned good sized chunks left over from the grinding up of the tree...ever look at what people put in their gardens or around their plants... your pieces will be larger than that.
Shavings are not "ground up" but literally shavings off of a tree done in a commercial saw mill situation.
Have you ever used large piece stall shavings...they are not very absorbent and are tough cleaning in the stall. These will be larger, wet from sap and moisture in them still and a PITA, sorry.

Fresh pine also will generate heat, ***RED FLAG*** fire hazard for spontaneous combustion !!!

Unless you contract with a mill to reduce the size of those chips, dry those chips..personally I would not touch it nor want it near my horse, my barn or my home.
Termites love piles of mulch/chips...beware you not bring in another problem that is extremely difficult to get rid of before causing damage to structures...

I would also have an issue and concern that some of those "chips/chunks" are pretty sharp edged and could either get stuck between hoof and shoe or actually impale into the horse in foot or body...


Do you realize how big a pile of "chips/mulch" is from one tree...have the tree company remove the mess and dispose of it.
I truly don't think you want to risk fire happening in a pile of fresh mulch...go past where they dump their chipping loads and see how much steam comes off that pile..

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post #3 of 6 Old 10-04-2013, 11:46 AM
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My understanding of mulch is vegetation that is placed on top of garden soil to prevent weeds and retain moisture. Are you talking pine needs that have been raked up, fresh cut pine shavings or freshly made shavings from deadfall. If standing, then the shavings won't absorb the urine so it should be piled and dried for a year with the occasional turning. If from deadfall they are may be fine, you'll just have to see how well they work. Bedding is mainly about how well it absorbs urine so it doesn't run all over the whole stall.
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Along with the fire hazard is another issue - phenols. this is what gives pine shavings that smell they have, even though pine shavings are kiln dried, they still have some phenols left over after the process.

the phenols in fresh pine wood are very strong. i see respiratory issues potentially happening in a horse kept on fresh pine mulch in a barn. especially come winter when that barn is closed up more due to cold weather - less air circulation.
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-05-2013, 05:58 AM
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They are not going to absorb, and given horses penchant for eating everything they can? Good way to colic one I think.

Not a good idea.

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Thank you all very much for the information. I have decided to let them trailer away all the mulch and staying with TSC shavings :)
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