This doesn’t exactly fall under “horse health,” but it definitely falls under “miscellaneous”! Is anybody out there using pine pellets as bedding? What do you think about them and where do you buy them?
My husband decided he wanted a black Lab puppy, so we found a breeder who was so scrupulous she interviewed all potential owners to see if they met her standards. Good for her for being so picky! Anyway, we passed–we’ve owned many dogs and she found out I ride and keep my horse on on our property–and when we picked up puppy Remington (Remy, for short), she gave me two bags of pine pellets. She said a friend had given them to her and they don’t work with dog pee, but might with horse pee. The brand name is Nature’s Bedding. After doing some research on the Internet, I decided I wasn’t going to bed my horse on these pellets (he’s in a 24 x24 pipe corral). I was going to use them after I cleaned out his pee spot, which seems to increase in size every day. I have to admit–I am impressed! The pellets are extremely absorbent, and a 40 lb. bag lasted me about a week.
But when I tried to buy some, I found out that big local distributor charges $6 and change for each 40 lb. bag and you have to buy in bulk. I called a local tack and feed store. They carry the same kind of pellets but not the same brand–for $13.00 a #40 bag! From one of the horse forums I looked at, one owner said he could buy pelleted pine at his local Home Depot, so I guess that’s the next place I check out.
I’d appreciate your comments, especially if you’ve used other brands.
We use them, and get them from Southern States (probably not in California). I don’t care for them in stalls, because I find them slippery. You could also check Tractor Supply. Sometimes, if you have Prime, Amazon doesn’t charge for shipping, but I don’t know about this category of purchase.
Since I’m just using them to cover pee spots, and then raking shavings over them, they’re not slippery. But they sure are absorbant! My husband has Amazon Prime, but I have a feeling that they’re not going to cover bedding. It’s worth a look-see, though. Thanks, Joe-Joe.
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