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post #1 of 8 Old 09-16-2013, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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I don't understand what pine straw is - is it the needles?

And does the stable smell fabulous?!

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yea, its the dried baled needles. and heck yea it smells awesome :) the horses get to stepping on it and crush the needles and it just smells even better. i had it in my truck overnight, and when i opened the door int he morning it was like getting hit in the face with a sunrise in the woods. lol

the only down sides ive heard about are that its not really absorbent (but i have the sand bottoms) and that it catches fire easily from the oils.....but we have a very strict no smoking..no fires rule around the barn, like most barns lol

i actually really like it lol
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^^^ The 2 downsides are that it really isn't absorbant and it will indeed burn extremely easily and fast.
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Bedding is bedding and as long it's mold free and it's cheap, I'd use it. It won't take too long in the stall before it isn't dry as a bone anymore, anyway. =b
I've heard of pine straw as acceptable bedding, btw.

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I like it I think, and another plus, the property they were at for they're vacation is all pine trees, so when the stuff we have runs out, I can collect, dry and bag my own. Free bedding :)
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No SMOKING or BURNING CANDLES in or NEAR your BARN---UNDERSTAND?!?!?
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Yes corporal :) understood. We already have a strict no open flame, no smoking in the barn rule. But boy does it Smell Christmasy :)
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