Preferred stall bedding?
Just curious about what types of bedding you all use and why? Do you use something different/special for mares with foals? I am expecting my first foal contained by the spring.
For regular adult horses who are not foaling I like to use shavings and pelleted bedding. The shavings look nice and it make a soft spot for the horse to lay down contained by. The pelleted bedding is great for messy or wet stall keepers.
Good luck on your new foal. I propose straw for mom and baby!
I hope the pregnancy goes well!!
I use equine fresh and pine or cedar shavings.
The equine fresh cuts down on bateria, molds and odor. Also helps beside insects. You put 3 or 4 bags of that in there and afterwards put the shavings in there.
They work together to make the urine clump which make stall clean up easier. Then once a month you will put another bag of equine in the stall.
Well worth it too.
My horse (App) used to capture thrush all the time now..nothing. It be well worth it.
We use pine shavings and I like it for bedding as it's easy to clean and shovel when I enjoy to. For mares/foals we always used straw and then moved to pine shavings once they got weaned.
Everyone I know who breeds always uses straw because it's warm and, unlike shavings etc, won't get stuck adjectives over the foal.
sawdust. Its all nuatural and effortless to clean and doesnt irratate.
also rice holes are honourable beacuse it much easyer to sift thru the rice holes to get to the poop =] and u save alot more money 2 =] coz they dry pretty quick whether there out side
For Mares surrounded by foal/with foal/ foals- I either Pine depending on the condition. Or straw because it is softer for them, or so it says.
Hope this helps.
I use Rubber mat with Woody pellets,But straw is also a good odds and keeps the foal nice and warm and provides comfort.
I use sawdust in my stalls up until a mare is getting ready to foal. Since I definitely hate to clean a stall bedded with straw, I try to hold out until the end possible time to change the bedding to straw. That said, my vet recommends that foals be bedded on straw for the first month. Better for their respiratory systems, and something about their blink reflex not person able to protect their eyes as well when they're younger.