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post #1 of 11 Old 07-15-2019, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for bedding suggestions

I am exploring bedding options for this coming winter, and hoping to find something before it starts raining, even though that's hopefully some time away!

Last year I used regular shavings and bedding pellets. The problem was the wood dust. Even though the shavings were triple screened and have reduced dust I was still suffering every day leaving the barn with a bloody nose. I had to stop using the shavings and went just to the pellets, but even then they turned to a fine powder and caused problems, but it was less.

The barn won't let me bed with straw, and I'd prefer something more absorbent as I only bed in the winter while it's really wet out so that the horse can have a place to dry off. My horse loves laying outside in the sand when it's dry, but when it's wet he just needs somewhere to stand for his feet to dry out or to sleep inside where it's dry. He mainly needs something dry to stand on for his hooves. He will still go poop and pee outside. They will not remove any of the bedding from the stall, even if it's wet... Usually I remove the wet bedding and just place it on his poop and pee pile and replace it with dry bedding.

I have used rice hulls in the past and I liked how they worked, but they aren't so absorbent, and I'm not sure where to source them where I am at. If they are the best option for me at this point then I may just have to make the drive and fill up a car load. Maybe in combination with some bedding pellets would work.

I just can't really do the shavings anymore as it is extremely painful and made me totally sick. I did try several brands of shavings, it's just the shavings, not the brand.

I was wondering if there's any other options I'm missing, or if there are any recommendations.

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I was looking into this myself earlier and found some resources that might help:

https://stablemanagement.com/article...t-bedding-4026

https://www.equisearch.com/articles/...r-horses-18103

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I had the offer of a load or six of bark peelings and loved them. Thought it might be a no go but would have continued to use them if I could have stock piled them in the summer when they were more or less dry.

I bedded them about 9-12 inches deep and just removed the droppings. They didn't get wet or soggy and even when I removed them all there was absolutely no smell or dust.

They were always slightly damp which my farrier liked as the horses hooves never dried right out.
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Filou, can you use the large chip shavings mixed with medium?
Fine flakes are forget it with allergies...
What if you mixed pine with say cedar?
Is this, " the shavings were triple screened and have reduced dust" the same as kiln dried?
That is what I use bought from my local Tractor Supply or Rural King or local feed store.

If "dust" bothers you forget using peat moss like for gardening work, dusty...
Forget using baled paper as it too is dusty too...

Corn cob bedding??
Know nothing about it and realize risk of eating it but how much risk is there?
Being in California aren't you regulated against certain products things used because of wildfire risk and tree bark stripped makes me nervous about bugs being in it and either biting the heck out of my horse or introducing species of bugs that could cause terrible damage to live trees if a infestation came from the stockpile of product...
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Try the cardboard bedding! I was in a very expensive barn who was using it, and it looked great!
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Corn cob bedding is WORTHLESS. Our TSC got it in and gave some to several of us to use and let them know what we thought. We all said, "NOPE". Not at all absorbent, no odor control and very expensive as compared to pellets. They ended up giving away the corn bedding and haven't carried it since.

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Filou, can you use the large chip shavings mixed with medium?
Fine flakes are forget it with allergies...
What if you mixed pine with say cedar?
Is this, " the shavings were triple screened and have reduced dust" the same as kiln dried?
That is what I use bought from my local Tractor Supply or Rural King or local feed store.

If "dust" bothers you forget using peat moss like for gardening work, dusty...
Forget using baled paper as it too is dusty too...

Corn cob bedding??
Know nothing about it and realize risk of eating it but how much risk is there?
Being in California aren't you regulated against certain products things used because of wildfire risk and tree bark stripped makes me nervous about bugs being in it and either biting the heck out of my horse or introducing species of bugs that could cause terrible damage to live trees if a infestation came from the stockpile of product...
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I will try the large flake, I am not sure how it will work. The ones I mainly used were medium, but my horse paces and turns them into dust right away!

I will see if I can find any corn cob. The horse eats everything, hot wire, stall mats, jolly balls, so he might eat the bedding too, and has nibbled the bedding pellets in the past. I'm just happy he doesn't eat his poop at this point!
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-16-2019, 12:01 AM
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Can you use sand in his stall?

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I could ask about the sand. He has a 24 x 24 paddock and a 12 x 12 stall. The paddock has sand in it but it still gets bad. The stall has mats, but beneath is clay, it doesn't drain at all. I think something absorbent would be best. When he lays in the wet sand he gets hock sores.
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Peat moss?

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