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lizzie44

Alternatives to straw

I am fed up with my mare eating her bed. The quality of straw is very bad this year and she coughs. I am prepared to try an alternative but not rubber mats as she is a dirty wotsit and white grey so would be a permanant shade of green ( my daughter calls her a poobald).
I have used shavings in the past but there appear to be lots of other options these days. Could anyone give me the benefit of their experiences please? Love Lizzie
kaz

We have rubber mats with shavings on top which means we only have about a 3 inch bed.
budgie

we used to use a wood pellet that you wet down and it turns fluffy great stuff when the wife gets back from her ride i'll ask what it was called!!
Lorrainelovesplants

Try Miscanthus.  Its absorbant and not as dusty as straw.  We have fieldsof it next to us here.  Its grown as a biofuel.
ClaireK

I use shredded paper as i have the same problem as you with regards to bed eating. I find it does the job but is a bugger to muck out as it is very heavy.

Claire
devonbound

Just finished working at a yard where they use shredded cardboard, the most awful bedding ever very heavy to muck out and i would not want to bed my chap down on it. Worse than shredded paper and that was bad enough.
Mad-mel

when we had horses that used to eat the straw bedding we were told to
sprinkle watered down jeyes fluid on the bedding and it worked, they never ate it then.
ClaireK

Mad-mel wrote:
when we had horses that used to eat the straw bedding we were told to
sprinkle watered down jeyes fluid on the bedding and it worked, they never ate it then.


I must have the exception to the rule! Nothing sprinkled on Hollys bed stops her eating it, not jeyes fluid, domestos, that stinky one in the yellowy green bottle (Zoflora i think its called). the only thing that stopped her was to soak the straw and that completely defeats the object! Hence why i use shredded paper or shavings

Claire
lizzie44

After hours of net trawling I found a simple answer, diluted eucalyptus oil. One mouthful was enough - she hasnt touched her bed since spraying with it. Cheap and cheerful solution! Love lLzzie
kaz

lizzie44 wrote:
After hours of net trawling I found a simple answer, diluted eucalyptus oil. One mouthful was enough - she hasnt touched her bed since spraying with it. Cheap and cheerful solution! Love lLzzie


It should smell nice as well
ClaireK

lizzie44 wrote:
After hours of net trawling I found a simple answer, diluted eucalyptus oil. One mouthful was enough - she hasnt touched her bed since spraying with it. Cheap and cheerful solution! Love lLzzie


Havent heard of that one Lizzie, i shall give it a go and see what she thinks of it. How diluted do you make it?

Claire
lizzie44

Its pure essential oil diluted down 20 drops in a pint sprayer. It does smell nice - I believe some of the commercial bedding companies use it in their chopped straw products. it does say POISON on the bottle but i guess thats only if you were to swig it neat! Yuk. Love Lizzie
emsley

We have shavings with eucalyptus - smells lovely  
lizzie44

I bit the bullet and changed her bed to wood pellets today, I used 10 bags to set up as we dont have rubber mats. Really wierd as you have to water them and they expand like popcorn.  She was a little unsure of her new bedroom carpet at first but it seems comfy to me! I'll let you all know how we get on. In theory they shpuld save me loads of time and expense. Love Lizzie

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