How to choose the rigth bedding for your horse
By David Bartram
Friday 18 November 2011
Choosing the right bedding for your horse can be an important decision, financially and for the welfare of your horse. Read this article to find out more about the main types of bedding and their advantages and disadvantages.
It’s crucial for a horse’s health and comfort that they are stabled with the proper bedding. The kind of bedding you use can also affect the long-term cost of keeping a horse. So it’s not a decision to take lightly! This article summarises the main materials used for horse bedding, along with their advantages and disadvantages. Read on to find out more!
Straw is made from the stems of wheat, barley, oat or rye crops. Oat straw is more absorbent than the other types. You should watch out for the occasional bad bale of straw, which may smell mouldy or off and/or be difficult to separate. If this happens, discard it because there may be fungus in the straw which could be dangerous to horses.
Buying wood shavings from a sawmill is still possible, but the levels of sawdust can be unhealthy for the horse and if the shavings have been exposed to moisture, it can harbour harmful mould and fungus. In addition, commercial wood shavings for bedding comes in convenient bags which can save time.
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