Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: west palm beach, fl
Pine straw for bedding
So, since coming back from their month vacation on the pasture, the horses have had a couple of big changes. Miss anne, is on an all grass diet. 10-12 hrs a day of grazing, and free choice hay while stalled. she seems to be doing fine sans supplement (which she was on along with about 3 lbs of 10% pellet feed a day up until june 1st, then it was weaning off onto all grazing all the time until sept first, when they came back and are stalled half the day) theu both got a bit of grass belly, but annie also got sorta fat.
Toby got a grass belly, but still showed some rib, so ive slowly brought him back to 3 lbs of feed a day, in the mornings. and free choice hay while stalled, and 10-12 hrs grazing at night.
so one on a small amount of grain, and one on no grain whatsoever.
But, the reason i started this thread...pine straw bedding. The shop got a whole semi full of pine straw, and with shavings being $6 a bag and the pine straw being...well, free....i did a little research and have had the stalls bedded down with pine straw for two days now. neither of them seem interested in eating it, though they love the green pine needles when we're up in orlando.... toby even layed down in them.
i was wondering if anyone else used pine straw, or had any information on using it for bedding? we've used it for goats, but this is the first time ive used it for the horses......
the stalls are sand underneath the pine straw, so urine is absorbed, the poo kinda sits on top and is easy to clean up.
just a curiosity.