Bedding pellets or shavings for horse bedding?
In the following video I talk about some of the differences between bedding pellets and shavings.
Personally I’m quite a fan of bedding pellets and have come across quite a few people who are not entirely sure on how to use them. So, apart from covering some of the differences between bedding pellets and shavings, I will also show you how I use the bedding pellets.
But before we start, let me give you a quick run down on the environment in my barn because I know I didn’t explain that all too well in the video. I was kind of self conscious … hey, it’s one of my first!
In my barn I have 12×12 foot stalls, each with an attached paddock or run. In the video I refer to them as in/outs. Horses are free to go in and out as they please 24/7. I don’t lock them up. If I do, it’s ever so rare. The stalls have concrete floors and are covered with 3/4 inch rubber mats.
A quick recap
- Require a lot of storage space that is covered and dry
- Require easy access for large trucks
- Rodents love the stuff and build tunnels and nests in them
- If you buy shavings by the bags, it’s expensive
- Not absorbent
- Once wet they won’t dry out
- Difficult to clean which means you add a lot of waste to your manure pile
- With the excess bedding your manure piles will be too high in carbon throwing off the nutrient balance and increasing the duration of the composting process
- More expensive to buy initially
- You can save some money per bag if you buy them by the skid load
- They require minimal storage space
- You can purchase in small quantities
- They’re easy to handle and weigh about the same as a bag of grain
- Very absorbant
- Not dusty, except for dry summer months in which case I wet them down (something to be aware off if you’re living in a dryer climate)
- Very easy to clean and much faster
- Very little waste
- Much healthier manure piles since there is much less bedding being thrown away. This means
- much faster composting times
- better nutrient content and more suitable to be spread over the fields again
- less flies
What you need
- a bag of pellets
- a knife or pair of scissors
- one full bucket of water like the typical 5 gallon water buckets