Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pine pellet bedding - Any advice?

I saw this type of bedding at my local Tractor Supply Store, and wondered about it. Check out the specific type here:

For some reason if you got to the TSC website they only have another product come up, something called Equine Fresh which does not have the "water it to fluff and use" component and seems totally different. I called Tractor Supply where I had seen the product to make sure I was looking at the right thing (so annoying when website does not match in house product).

HorseGirlTV has a webisode featuring the product here (somewhat cheesy production):

I then googled and read this Article:

Have any of you used this type of bedding? If so, what do you think?


  1. I'm a big fan of pelleted bedding - we've been using it for a number of years, although I'm not familiar with the brand you linked to. It's a lot easier to clean the stall - you just pick out the poo and the wettest spots and fluff the less wet spots back in - you rarely have to strip a stall and if you do it correctly your costs are lower. You do have to train people how to use it - you don't want to bed very deeply - and you do have to spray it lightly with water to fluff it slightly and dampen the dust. But overall I'd say if properly used it's less dusty than shaving, and easier to store as the volume is smaller.

  2. I like it, depending on the horse. I didn't like using it for super-piggy horses, who enjoy grinding all of the poo up and strewing it about, because I just never felt like I could get the stall clean enough w/ the pellets (they end up like sawdust, which is hard to get the finely ground filth out of). I especially loved the pellets for my old gelding's stall, which flooded any time it rained hard. The pellets are so absorbent that they kept his tootsies dry! I would definitely give them a try, because with the right horse they're much more cost-efficient (and make for a nice fluffy bed!)


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