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Sam_J

Wood Pellets - Any Feedback?

As it says, really.  I'm considering switching from shavings to wood pellets this winter, as it looks like we could be taking 3 through the winter.  (Unless we sell the pone - anyone want a 13hh gorgeous girly?)  

Most people that have them seem to have rubber mats, but we just have a concrete floor (don't like mats).  Anyone used them without mats?  Sez, I see from previous posts that you were going to switch - how are you getting on?

Any info gratefully received!
brucea

I hate shavings as a rule....

But since moving to this yard we have been using them - and I have been splashing out the extra £2 and buying the Bedmax brand - they are bigger "shavings" rather than sawdust

The Bedmax stays in place better and seems to outlast the stuff in clear bags. They ahvea really nice smell and most importantly I don;t get wheezy with them in the way that I do with the supposedly dust extracted finer sawdust stuff.
Sez

I started using them last autumn. Love em.

I use Liverpool Wood Pellets. Order online, pay by Paypal, take delivery, chuck em down. Done.

If I feel energetic I may throw a bucket of water at them.

It is the first time (in 19 years of horse ownership) that I have had a bedding that ticks every box and have been able to afford deep, lush beds.

They are very absorbant, cheap and extremely easy to muck out.
My beds (with two very wet horses) are clean, dry and pong free.

I put about 6-7 bags down initially onto my EVA mats. You can wet them as is recommended but I tend to just pile them in the middle of the stable and throw a bucket of water over them to soften a few up into a fine sand. But it's not essential to do it.

I prefer to do a full muck out every day. Mucking out is very easy. The bedding will not stick to the poop. The wet tends to be held together in a clump that you dig out.

The key to managing a successful bed is to swirl the centre of the bed (where the horse has stood and may be damp and discloured) with the dry and unused stuff at the sides. This evens out the moisture and prevents the dry or dustiness that some people complain about. Mixing the bed also keeps it looking nice.
Sez

Last Christmas I ran out and had to use alternative bedding till payday. For The Tank I went back to chopped straw, but as Obi is special I splashed out on a proper shavings bed for him.

Argh - it was such a pain in the arse Mad . To pick up the poop I had to shake the fork FIVE TIMES to shake off the clean shavings Shocked .

My arm was killing me Rolling Eyes.

I wanted my pellets back Laughing.
hobnob

Am I the only one who doesnt use bedding ?  Embarassed

Mine have concrete floored stables they can come and go as they please, but the mostly sleep on the mud !!!

I did bed the stables for a few months ages ago, but they would come in do a mahoosive pee and dump  (!!) and go to sleep outside  Rolling Eyes
evie

i love them. don't have stables but use them in my field shelter which gets a fair bit of use and they are perfect. conformable, absorbent without being over drying, easy to skip out. i am a lazy arse and the bed's been down for a year with me just skipping out and digging out any wet that came to the surface, throwing down a fresh bag every fortnight or so - there was no smell and it looked fine. i removed the majority of it yesterday and once down into it it was compacted compost, smelt a bit but took just a couple of hours to empty - massive time saver over the year and very cheap too.

i am currently contemplating removing the small bed i've left in there, leaving just that, or putting a massive bed in again - the two girls have been lying down together in there occasionally but i've seen them lying down outside together much more often so it's not like i'm taking away the only place they feel comfortable. buuuuut if we do have a lami blip, i think i'd rather have a bed ready immediately. i still have about 40 bags so could easily extend the bed in an emergency.
brucea

How much are they a bag?
Luciejjkk

We pay about £1.50/£2 a bag for wood pellets and they are meant to be the equ of one bag of shavings (although I think it's more like 2).  We get on really well with them here, they absorb everything really well to keep the bed dry.  I mix mine with shavings though as they do tend to go quite brown, even though the bed is clean.  It is a bit of a nightmare in the winter adding the water but I think the positives outweigh the negatives.
brucea

Does that not just give you a damp shavings bed?
elizabeth1

No it doesn't just give a damp shavings bed! Its a totally different type of bedding.I was extremely sceptical at first thinking how disgusting they sounded with all the mixing in etc but after the economies forced on us by the recession I switched.Like Sez I love them and would never switch back! they save me over half my previous mucking out time, and I have 2 very dirty horses in at night over the winter.They are half the price of shavings [I use 4 bags of pellets a week per horse compared to 2/3 of shavings]
They also make a wonderful firm supportive bed if you put a full bed down.I do this-initially putting in 12-16 bags as the base.My lami prone retired horseseems very comfortable  on this bedding.
They are however a totally different looking bedding-gone are the fluffy white shavings.But the horses don't mind and I love the saving in time and money!
riverlandsblue

Luciejjkk wrote:
We pay about £1.50/£2 a bag for wood pellets and they are meant to be the equ of one bag of shavings


Hi, where do you get your wood pellets from?  Are they available mail order?

Thanks.
Sez

brucea wrote:
Does that not just give you a damp shavings bed?


Shocked HEATHEN, HUSH YOUR MOUTH Laughing

It's not a fluffy bed like shavings. When they first go down the bed is crunchy. I don't wet them as a rule as I can't be arsed but when they break down (either by wetting them or just letting the horse stand on them) they turn into a soft sand.

It gives a dry and comfy bed for the horse. They also help to even out an uneven floor.

The only problem is that for some owners it doesn't give the big fluffy looking bed tehy like, but I suspect they said that about shavings when they first came out.
Sez

riverlandsblue wrote:
Luciejjkk wrote:
We pay about £1.50/£2 a bag for wood pellets and they are meant to be the equ of one bag of shavings


Hi, where do you get your wood pellets from?  Are they available mail order?

Thanks.


There are plenty of companies on the net. I use Liverpool Wood Pellets as you can order online and just pay by Paypal.

I get 1 tonne at a time (although you can order less) in 15kg bags. Economy pellets are approx £3.36 per bag. They have just introduced a Premium (which I am going to try out this time) which is £3.66.

I can fit a tonne easily in my tackroom (approx 8ftX8ft) and I use 3 bags a week (two for Indi, one for Obi) and that is for a nice bed. I couldn't afford to do that with shavings but I guess I would use about 5. I used to use 5 bales of straw a week.
Luciejjkk

No!!! Definately doesnt give a wet bed when mixed with shavings.  The wood pellets absorb everything brilliantly - it's hard to explain!!

We buy ours in bulk at the yard, not sure who/where from, but they are relatively cheap wherever you get them from.
Lots

How can you not love stable mats? I have just kitted my stable out with EVA mats, they are warm and soft to sleep on, I have been gradually reducing my bed (as horse was initially scared of the mats! Very Happy) last night he had straw banks with a thin layer of straw over the back of the stable. This morning I mucked out in 10mins, one wheelbarrow… not bad for the world’s messiest horse!

We use woodpellets at work (on top of rubber matting) and I can easily muck out 20 odd stables in an hour! I do like them but I’m using straw as it’s cheaper and easy to get hold of.

Where on earth do you get bags at £1-2 a pop though, I thought they were about £5???
tansytoo

I tried Aquamax. Didn't really get on with them. April through to July. I found I had to water them every day and if I followed the instructions to mix the wet in with the dry I ended up with a stable stinking of ammonia and very dusty, my pony developed a cough on it as well. Aquamax was also very dusty unless kept damp, which I guess you don't want if you horse suffers from arthritis. I have gone back to Bedmax, although I wouldn't say no to trying wood pellets again. I saw Corley Biowood at FOTH, and that looked really good and not dusty at all. I guess just like shavbings it all boils down to teh source of the wood. Aquamax really did look like sawdust, Corley biowood had a texture more like Easibed but ALOT smaller.
Sez

Perhaps the damp sea air up here works well with them Wink  Very Happy
Sam_J

Thanks for all the feedback.  I've used my last bag of shavings, got agreement from the yard owner to change bedding, so it looks like I'll be ringing up for some wood pellets tomorrow.  Anyone any preferences on suppliers?
Sez

I use Liverpool Wood Pellets.

Corley Biowood, White Horse Bedding, PLQ wood pellets all have good reputation.

I find LWP to be consistantly cheaper and they have a high customer service ethos.
Sam_J

Thought I'd just give further feedback for anyone else considering wood pellets.  It's now 5 days since I kept the clean shavings for banks and put down wood pellets in the middle.  Why did I not do this ages ago?  I accept it's still early days, but so far I am LOVING the wood pellets!  Thanks to all of you who posted and helped me make the decision Smile
Sez

Very Happy
Terry

Just another vote for L'pool Wood Pellets, I manage a warmblood stud, we switched to wood pellets at the beginning of the year and think they arte great, we don't use them on rubber matts, they give a lovely bed which IMHO are closest material to replicating soil or grass as if the horse were out.
My own heard live out and access to their shelters which are all filled with rubber mats but are more like large toilets!
T
Lots

I’ve just given in and bought some Aquamax as they sell it at my local tack shop, although have yet to have him in overnight due to the lack of rain this week Very Happy

Although I the change of bedding did cause a slight ‘ohMyGod’ reaction that involved both of us trying to fit into the corner of the stable… Very Happy
hobnob

Ha ha Lots - that made me laugh !! Very Happy

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