Has anyone / does anyone use paper or cardboard bedding?
I was considering changing from straw to shavings but its going to work out really expensive - straw is £2 a bale whereas shavings are £8 a bale. However I have just found someone who sells and delivers paper and cardboard bedding at £3.50 a bale and it only takes 2 - 3 bales to put in a new bed.
I absoloutley hate paper and cardboard bedding. It isnt absorbant at all. Paper goes like maché when it is wet, i found it stuck to everything, concrete and matting. Also not good for grey horses as the ink runs!
Cardboard isnt very comfy and it sounds horrible under their feet. It goes horribly soggy and falls to bits when the horse has been on it.
I found when i used both that it took 4-5 bales to make a decent enough bed with banks [when you first put bales in of paper it is so nice and fluffy, but it flattens within a day!] I found i was actually having to put in quite a lot every few days, so in the end it actually worked out cheaper to keep them on shavings [which were £5ish a bale]
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Paper had got to be the worst ever bedding i have tried, it drives me mad
it clumps up and isnt comfortable to lie on, stinks, really hard to muck out you cannt sweep it if its wet at all, never looks tidy really isnt absorbant, i cannot stand it
it you can store bedding then maybe try buying something in bulk maybe not shavings as they take up a lot of room but wood pellet bedding can be bought in bulk and is much easier to store and takes up less room
Well I have to contradict everyony else!
I use if for Max, and its cheap, easy to muck out, very absorbent(try spilling a glass of water on a newspaper) Easy to get rid off as farmersand gardeners will all take it as it rots down in weeks!,,very warm and Max is a white grey and the print doesn't come off on him!
We used it on 4 at the livery yard and 3 of us are still using it, and the other one is now living out.
Yes it can be used without rubber mats but make sure its a bit thicker in case its scraped away as you would with straw and shavings.
I use a poop scoop th remove the poo, a plastic lawn rake to scrape the clean paper away from the wet patch and then I remove that daily. Twice a week I move every scrap into a corner to remove anything thats been missed(not often) and shake the bedding up!
I have Max and Freya sharing in my stable and if they are in at night only I use one bag one week 2 the next!
A lot of people are put off paper by using computer paper etc. You NEED newspaper. Also some firms cut it up too big! The firm I use the newspaper are shred into pieces about 1/4 x 1 inch and it works great!
When you first empty a bag it won't look much but it seperates and goes a long way!
I wouldn't use either, paper soaked the wee up but as soon as you picked it up on the pitch fork you watch the pee drip out! it was like a water fall! as for cardboard it soaks it up alright but goes all mushy, its horrid.
I would stick to straw, I love it.
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