Why Sawdust Shavings are the Best Horse Bedding

Why Sawdust Shavings are the Best Horse Bedding

By on Oct 21, 2020 in Blog, Equine Bedding, Shavings |

Have you ever wondered what the best bedding material is for your horse? Here at P.H Winterton and Son, we believe that sawdust shavings are the best choice and we will explain in this post why.

Here are the criteria you should have before purchasing horse bedding –

  • Safe for horses
  • Easily available
  • Absorbent
  • Easy to store
  • Cost-effective
  • Easy to handle and pick manure from

Many horse owners think that they need to bed their stalls like our own beds, making them soft and fluffy. But horses by nature do not require a soft and fluffy bed unless they are a bit older and thus need to lie down for longer periods of time. The main purpose of horse bedding is to absorb urine and moisture.

Explaining the Appeal of Sawdust Shavings

Nothing quite looks and smell like a stall that is freshly bedded with traditional sawdust shavings of pine or fir.

Different types of shavings are more absorbent than others, with kiln-dried shavings having lower moisture content than heavier chip-like shavings.

Look to maintain good ventilation in the barn once your shavings have been laid and keep an eye out for cobwebs and dust layers. Having bagged sawdust is easier to use, convenient to store plus they are far less dusty than loose equine bedding.

Should I Consider Rubber Stall Mats?

Using rubber stall mats means you will be able to easily scoop up manure and soiled bedding and leave clean bedding behind. This also gives your horse a healthy surface to stand on with enough ‘give’ for a cushioning effect.

Talk to the Horse Bedding Specialists

If you need new horse bedding for your barns, please do not hesitate to contact P.H Winterton and Son today. We offer three different equine bedding options to match any budget or quality requirements.