10-04-2013, 11:08 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..