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Boyzie92

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Boyzie92 says:

Need advice - he eats his bed!!

Hey, ive got about 101things to moan about lol but ill stick to one topic on this thread,

Just got my horse back off loan (long story) and he eats his straw bed so badly. weve got through a heston bale in 2 1/2 weeks. at this rate its costing me the same as shavings so i might as well swap his bedding.

I wondered if anyone could recommend a bedding? My choices are:

- shavings small flake £6.95

- shavings large & mixed flakes £6.75

- cushionbed £4.90

- paper £6

- cardboard £5.60

- chopped rape straw £6

I gave him a massive haynet to see if he was eating his straw cyuz he is hungry and he ate 35lbs, left 10lbs on the floor, 5lbs in the haynet and still ate half his bed, so i think its a habit he has got into. he has a massive belly on him which i think is due to the straw as when he lived out he never had this belly. Anyone got and recommendations. im inclined to go for cushionbed but some people on this forum said they wouldnt go for it, why? thanks :)

 

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Boyzie92

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Boyzie92 says:

Re: Need advice - he eats his bed!!

and im planning to skip out everyday and remove the wet once or twice a week :)

Horse riding is a lot like nuts & bolts. If the rider is nuts, the horse bolts :)

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KeeleyAndRuby

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Re: Need advice - he eats his bed!!

How wet is he?

My mare is VERY wet and quite dirty, we had her on shavings and were going through a bale a day, straw was good but she ate it, she is now on like wood pellet stuff, which is £4 a bag and you put 6-8 bags in at first then add 1 bag every week :) Its very good :) She has settled much better on it.

http://www.liverpoolwoodpellets.co.uk/horsebedding.html?gclid=CMm148-T564CFU8MfAodu3DUgw

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Need advice - he eats his bed!!

Change his bedding to shavings or something he cannot eat danger of colic etc, or water it with say jeyes fluid, also saving money use rubber flooring under pays for it self, then there is the wood pellets which you water and they swell but don't know anything about them but I bet someone on this site has these can be cheaper as you say they are for heating so 5% Vat not 20% oops should not have said that.

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KeeleyAndRuby

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Re: Need advice - he eats his bed!!

I use the wood pellets that sweel with water. Also look on preloved for rubber matting :)

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: Need advice - he eats his bed!!

I use the same stuff as KeelyandRuby - my mare even eats Aubiose and gets colic so could never give her a straw bed!  Nothing we've sprayed on it has made any difference!  She'd def eat it!  Wood pellets are excellent - you need a lot to get going as you need a decent depth bed to draw away the wet.  Liverpool wood pellets have a video I think on how to use them and I can't recommend them highly enough.  I'm saving a fortune! :0)

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brook

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brook says:

Re: Need advice - he eats his bed!!

I use Hunter wood shavings, the bales are very large at 25 kilo's and the shavings are soft absorbent and very good quality, I've tried other types of shavings and always come back to Hunter ! It is expensive but the bales are bigger than any of the others that I've tried, it's very good for a deep litter or semi-deep litter system.

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