Reducing Bedding Saves Money and Time

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Using less bedding can save you time and money. Less bedding use means cleaning stalls will be easier and quicker (since you won’t have to hunt around for manure hidden in mounds of shavings). It also means you end up with less stall waste to deal with. If you compost, it means that you’ll have less carbon in your compost so it will compost better and faster–and you’ll end up with a nicer finished compost product that will be more useful for your pastures. So reducing bedding use is a smart management technique for any sized horse property.

I’m not suggesting reducing bedding use at the expense of horse health, but most of us horse owners like to bed our stalls the way we like our own beds: Nice and deep and fluffy. Horses by nature don’t need a soft, fluffy bed and your horse management situation may not require this

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Alayne Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and ranch riding competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well-known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approach, Blickle is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise, and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Blickle and her husband raise and train their mustangs and quarter horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

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