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sand or rubber mats
9/8/2013 10:44:01 PM
I use medium-sized shavings, not the big chips and not the really fine sawdust.
9/8/2013 10:02:47 PM
9/8/2013 9:35:20 PM
With rubber matting.
9/8/2013 6:54:38 PM
My horses have 24/7 turn-out.
9/8/2013 5:41:59 PM
my horse lives outside and digs a hole to sleep in, in the dirt/sand
9/8/2013 3:51:35 PM
9/8/2013 3:46:23 PM
we use shredded cardboard-works well
9/8/2013 2:28:02 PM
9/8/2013 2:17:18 PM
My horses live out - in winter, they lie on so called "wasted hay". In my world, its not wasted.
9/8/2013 8:44:22 AM
As we are farmers straw is readily available but I use shavings for my laminitic pony.
9/8/2013 7:30:38 AM
We pair shavings with stall mats for extra comfort.
9/7/2013 8:41:39 PM
horses live out 24/7
9/7/2013 8:12:13 PM
Sun Coast brand as it's the only one I'm able to find that is kiln dried and clean
9/7/2013 6:27:58 PM
my horses are field boarded but if I had a barn I'd use straw
9/7/2013 10:31:28 AM
We LOVE wood pellets. We soak the pellets in water and they make a wonderful bedding.
9/7/2013 12:54:03 AM
9/6/2013 8:22:21 PM
THIS IS WHAT MY HUSBAND USES. WHAT IS BEST?
9/6/2013 3:30:10 PM
In our wet,damp winters in Oregon ,on our farm we use both wood chips in wet spots and on top straw
9/6/2013 1:18:42 PM
Generally I don't use any kind of bedding, but in the winter when it's cold and wet I use shavings.
9/6/2013 11:27:26 AM
I've been involved with horses for 36 years, and a horse owner for 29. I use Nafcore.
9/6/2013 11:04:07 AM
Paper at home when they are stalled on mats, and shavings when we are at shows stalled on concrete.
9/6/2013 9:27:58 AM
9/6/2013 8:40:14 AM
I use sawdust. I like shavings better but they are more costly and harder to muck than sawdust.
9/6/2013 8:16:47 AM
My horses are out 24/7 with a run in shed. They have a dry lot and pasture.
9/6/2013 8:05:00 AM
My horses are out 24/7.
9/6/2013 6:54:07 AM
More absorbent and easier to clean stalls than shavings or straw.
9/6/2013 12:56:59 AM
We use shavings with a thick rubber stall mat underneath..
9/5/2013 11:32:25 PM
9/5/2013 11:18:51 PM
My horses are out 26/ 7 the way natures intended. No need for artificial bedding
9/5/2013 9:13:52 PM
9/5/2013 8:40:26 PM
I like a combination of the two
9/5/2013 8:11:48 PM
Hunt Club bedding. Love it!
9/5/2013 8:10:56 PM
rubber mats in pipe pens
9/5/2013 6:28:58 PM
I have pasture horses.
9/5/2013 6:21:32 PM
They are pasture horses all 100 of them
9/5/2013 5:23:05 PM
peanut shells are cheap in the south
9/5/2013 4:34:44 PM
During the day our horses live in open stabling with rubber stall mats, pea gravel and dry lot.
9/5/2013 3:17:30 PM
combined keeps odors to a minimum and is more absorbent
9/5/2013 3:11:59 PM
Have used shredded paper over 7 years and love it.
9/5/2013 1:18:09 PM
Our stable is using rice hulls, and I don't like it!
9/5/2013 1:07:09 PM
Pellets for the base, then shavings over. Pellets are more absorbant.
9/5/2013 10:17:24 AM
Peatmoss base, straw pellets.Wet down, mix well. No odor, no waste.
9/5/2013 9:43:02 AM
I think pellets are the most economical, because I think we have less waste with them.
9/5/2013 5:57:53 AM
We prefer straw and so do the horses. It gives the best bedding, is the least expensive.
9/5/2013 3:05:34 AM
no bedding - my equines live in pasture.
9/4/2013 11:19:10 PM
I never stall my horses except at feeding time, then only for a hour or 2
9/4/2013 10:08:52 PM
Love shavings, hate cardboard and newspaper
9/4/2013 6:38:02 PM
We use shavings with a sawdust base over a clay floor.
9/4/2013 6:28:58 PM
M horses all are on pasture -no stall babies at my house!
9/4/2013 6:01:51 PM
9/4/2013 5:22:22 PM
We also have rubber mats as a base. The absorbent nature of the pellets helps keep ammonia down by
9/4/2013 5:19:05 PM
shavings over mats
9/4/2013 5:15:30 PM
I prefer straw but am not able to find a supplier in this area
9/4/2013 4:32:28 PM
I use sand. I have a laminated horse and he prefers the sand stall. it is easy to clean & maintain.
9/4/2013 4:27:05 PM
9/4/2013 3:29:44 PM
Sand and gravel
9/4/2013 3:03:53 PM
9/4/2013 2:33:54 PM
Mine have 24/7 access to stalls. They usually sleep on the sand in the round pen from choice
9/4/2013 2:10:48 PM
We raise wheat straw so it is logical to use it nd it is easier to clean and can be spread on fields
9/4/2013 1:52:02 PM
I use the big shaving & like to keep their stalls fluffy
9/4/2013 1:36:01 PM
Use straw one horse is allergic to all forms of evergreens, includes pine. He loves his comfy bed.
9/4/2013 12:51:49 PM
shavings + pellets in the 24x24+ barn when horse is in, not the 48x48,
9/4/2013 12:23:31 PM
My horses prefer a finer shavings over coarse wood chips.
9/4/2013 11:38:08 AM
9/4/2013 10:53:14 AM
Very absorbent. Keeps feet dry nd healthy. Easy to clean.
9/4/2013 10:18:12 AM
Live in HOT Phx, AZ-2 horses that drink and pee constantly; use shavings to sort-of keep stall dry
9/4/2013 10:08:38 AM
Straw over top of shavings; tried the pellets but they don't work if the temperature drops < freezin
9/4/2013 10:02:41 AM
Added pellets under the shavings at the wet spot--makes an amazing difference
9/4/2013 9:29:03 AM
9/4/2013 9:05:27 AM
I learned from an oldtimer that hay is best for foaling on. It is not slippery when wet.
9/4/2013 8:41:13 AM
I use "Fine" pine shavings, easier to clean. Found a brand this is not dusty.
9/4/2013 8:31:16 AM
None as my horses are pasture boarded. B4 I moved used shredded paper and shavings.
9/4/2013 7:59:46 AM
Our barn gas a dirt floor that I do add pellets to in the winter but its an open barn so they come a
9/4/2013 7:37:24 AM
My horses are out 24/7, but when they used to have a night stall - shavings.
9/4/2013 7:11:16 AM
pellets freeze in very cold weather. Both pellets and shavings do become dusty with time
9/4/2013 6:16:49 AM
9/4/2013 5:42:19 AM
the good ole stand by ,can't be beat !!
9/4/2013 5:21:26 AM
I use softwood sawdust from our local mill. Its easy to sift through and it absorbs better.
9/4/2013 2:03:17 AM
I want to have the whole stable emtied / clean at least once every week to avoid any germs/worm eggs
9/4/2013 1:14:57 AM
Maine Pine shavings
9/4/2013 12:10:16 AM
I have to use straw pellets due to my horse's allergy to pine.
9/3/2013 11:13:18 PM
Terramigo, more to cover sand than for comfort.
9/3/2013 11:01:13 PM
9/3/2013 10:40:31 PM
pasture is so much better for the horse in the long run prefer my horse to be outside
9/3/2013 10:21:15 PM
Had been using shavings but since trying the wood pellets I have stopped using shavings. Feel pellet
9/3/2013 10:10:22 PM
Heavy wood shavings in one spot in a large dirt corral.
9/3/2013 10:04:34 PM
Big shavings I find the best. less dust.
9/3/2013 9:45:33 PM
My horse lives in a paddock
9/3/2013 9:15:58 PM
pellets on the bottom, wood shavings on top
9/3/2013 9:01:34 PM
Have 4ins of gravel, then 4 in sand then rubber stall mats then bed deep with pine shavings
9/3/2013 8:58:56 PM
9/3/2013 8:38:52 PM
Shavings over rubber mats ...
9/3/2013 8:31:40 PM
9/3/2013 8:31:25 PM
very fine sawdust
9/3/2013 8:25:25 PM
my horses are outside (with shelter) almost 24/7
9/3/2013 8:21:16 PM
In the winter when its cold and wet alot shavings. Summer none and PDZ for the flies.
9/3/2013 8:19:33 PM
Finely chopped straw - great absorption - a few shavings mixed in
9/3/2013 8:19:05 PM
Love the paper bedding
9/3/2013 8:01:09 PM
shavings for general use, straw at foaling time
9/3/2013 7:59:09 PM
They each have a corral 50 ft X 100 ft with soft dirt they lay in.
9/3/2013 7:58:13 PM
price is right and they absorb very well .
9/3/2013 7:21:58 PM
He lives outside.
9/3/2013 7:21:04 PM
9/3/2013 7:18:17 PM
Horses that urinate heavy need additional pellets
9/3/2013 7:15:56 PM
Shavings at shows, pellets at home to take up wetness and horse lays outside in soft dirt under tree
9/3/2013 7:02:43 PM
My favorite is
9/3/2013 6:53:13 PM
not really 'bedding' but good for soaking up urine!
9/3/2013 6:53:07 PM
9/3/2013 6:44:00 PM
A bare minimum; my horse prefers to lie down outside in her sand round pen.
9/3/2013 6:36:36 PM
green saw dust
9/3/2013 6:35:27 PM
would rather use pellets, but need ultra-thick bedding over asphalt in current barn
9/3/2013 6:35:07 PM
Love pellets for the ease of cleaning, but I add some shavings during cold weather for a warmer bed
9/3/2013 6:32:57 PM
My horse is out in the pasture 24/7, so no bedding.
9/3/2013 6:20:49 PM
Have tried pellets... Too expensive and once broken down, they blow completely away on a breezy day.
9/3/2013 6:20:16 PM
they are mostly out in grass pens or pasture; only use shavings/cedar ships when we use trailers.
9/3/2013 6:12:29 PM
Grass in the pasture; if they HAVE to be in a stall- straw
9/3/2013 6:09:26 PM
9/3/2013 6:08:12 PM
Have used pellets but the horses are outdoors 98% of the time now, their choice.
9/3/2013 6:04:42 PM
use straw with foaling mares otherwise shavings.
9/3/2013 6:01:49 PM
Pellets: easier to store, more absorbent, cheaper, but a little more work. Worth it!
9/3/2013 5:37:14 PM
Unless a horse is stall confined, none as they are free to roam 24/7 except for feeding.
9/3/2013 5:31:28 PM
Also use older, more stemmy hay that they have no interest in
9/3/2013 5:29:34 PM
I use Cedar Rest in my horse's outdoor paddock and he loves it!
9/3/2013 5:17:16 PM
We buy shavings in bulk from a local mill. Easier to pick stall than with chips.
9/3/2013 5:06:09 PM
Matted stalls open to paddocks, so if they do dump inside, I just sweep it outside when I feed.
9/3/2013 5:05:17 PM
9/3/2013 4:58:51 PM
9/3/2013 4:51:40 PM
Pellets over rubber mats
9/3/2013 4:28:57 PM
9/3/2013 3:07:10 PM
thick rubber mats. They will go outside to thier coralls to urinate as they dont like the splashing.
9/3/2013 1:07:27 PM
Alway uses shavings except for foaling. Then we use straw
9/3/2013 12:32:37 PM
And the uneaten hay to provide more cushion for the Seniors!
9/3/2013 12:26:58 PM
horses are in pasture with run-in sheds
9/3/2013 12:16:07 PM
We find pellets make the stall easier to clean, and produce less bedding waste.
9/3/2013 12:11:57 PM
Combination does well for my run-out stalls.
9/3/2013 11:57:13 AM
I use a combination, shavings on the bottom and straw on top.
9/3/2013 11:28:16 AM
Corn cob pellets are the BEST. One 40# bag absorbs 18 gall.of liquid, clumps like cat litter & soft.
9/3/2013 11:19:28 AM
Sawdust for our main bedding, pellets added to geldings' stalls, shavings for horse shows
9/3/2013 11:10:05 AM
In a large open corral with shade, so sand in bed area, mats over loose dirt in eating area
9/3/2013 11:00:48 AM
Rubber mat in run-in shed
9/3/2013 10:42:43 AM
Prefer fine shavings for easier sifting
9/3/2013 10:31:18 AM
I've found that pelleted bedding is more efficient than shavings when it comes to stall cleaning.
9/3/2013 10:19:15 AM
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