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  • Considerations when choosing appropriate bedding for your horse

There is a range of different bedding types available for your horse to suit a variety of different budgets. You will want to ensure that you choose the best option for your horse when creating a suitable sleeping environment in a stable. Learn more about the options available to you.

STRAW

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Provides natural bedding.

Cons

  • Some horses may eat it
  • Difficult to store easily due to bulk
  • Difficult to muck out
  • Not suitable for horses or owners with respiratory issues
  • It can sometimes harbour fungus and mould.

WOOD SHAVINGS

Pros

  • Very absorbent
  • It provides a greener option.

Cons

  • Can be very dusty
  • It can be expensive.

CARDBOARD AND NEWSPAPER

Pros

  • Easy to transport, lightweight and compact when dry
  • Super absorbent
  • biodegradable.
  • Dust free
  • Easy to store.

Cons

  • It can be messy to clean
  • Heavy when wet/damp
  • Ink can stain your horse's coat.

WOOD PELLETS

Pros

  • Very absorbent.

Cons

  • They can be expensive.

HEMP

Pros

  • Very absorbent
  • Less dust
  • It decomposes easily.

Cons

  • It can be expensive.

RUBBER MATTING

Pros

  • Provides a long-term solution
  • Can reduce the risk of injury.

Cons

  • Should be used with additional bedding
  • It can be expensive
  • It needs to be cleaned thoroughly.

We hope this information helps you make an informed decision when choosing appropriate bedding for your horse. For further advice, please speak to your vet.