Bed­ding med­ley

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QMy horse is quite messy in some ar­eas of his stable and less so in oth­ers. I’ve seen that some peo­ple use a com­bi­na­tion of bed­ding to tackle this — for ex­am­ple, shred­ded pa­per in one cor­ner and shav­ings over the rest of the stable. Is this an ef­fec­tive method or can it be quite ex­pen­sive? Lana Wes­sel, North York­shire

AAll horses, own­ers and sta­bles are dif­fer­ent and what suits one will not nec­es­sar­ily suit the next. This is why there’s a vast range of bed­ding types on the mar­ket to meet myr­iad re­quire­ments. A messy horse can re­sult in al­most a full bed be­ing thrown out on a daily ba­sis, which can be in­cred­i­bly costly, so it’s be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­mon for own­ers to com­bine bed­ding types to cre­ate a bed that works for them. For ex­am­ple, those with par­tic­u­larly wet horses might put a highly ab­sorbent base down with a free-drain­ing bed on top to keep the wet away from the horse. This ‘trial and er­ror’ of bed­ding prod­ucts can be ex­pen­sive, how­ever, as each needs to be used as a full bed (not just a sin­gle bale) to es­tab­lish whether it truly works for your horse or not. For it to be cost ef­fec­tive, you need to find a com­bi­na­tion that works for each in­di­vid­ual horse. Cost is a very im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion, but re­mem­ber to think about the econ­omy of scale too — the price of an in­di­vid­ual bale for one prod­uct may be higher than that of an­other, but the higher-priced prod­uct could last longer, so you’d use less over the sea­son and spend less over­all. Do your re­search — and your sums.

Com­bin­ing bed­ding types can work if you have a par­tic­u­larly messy horse

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