July 24 2017 0comment

Let us help you find the perfect horse bedding

Here at Brian Lears we do not stock all types of horse bedding, but we can tell you about the distinct advantages and disadvantages of all types of horse bedding.  And if you still can't decide which is the best choice for you, we will be happy to provide you with advice.  Please feel free to contact us.

There’s a huge variety of horse bedding available and making the right choice will depend on a number of factors.  So here are some pointers to help you make the right decision.



  • Cheap
  • Breaks down to produce good garden manure
  • Visually pleasing


  • Bulky and messy to store
  • Soon makes a large muck heap
  • Can be difficult to dispose of, particularly if you are running a large yard. Cost of disposal can offset initial inexpensive price
  • Some horses are allergic to it
  • Some horses like to eat it and can lead to digestive problems
  • It does not absorb urine affectively


Wood shavings

Purpose-produced shavings are a popular type of horse bedding, but the quality can vary enormously so don't be caught in a false economy. It is important that you only buy shavings that have been specifically produced as animal bedding and if your horse has a respiratory problem dust extraction is a necessity.


  • Non-palatable
  • Widely available
  • Wrapped bales are clean and easy to handle and store


  • Can be difficult to dispose
  • Needs constant removal of droppings and care has to be taken to ensure the bed does not become wet, causing a build up of ammonia
  • Cheaper brands can contain high dust levels
  • Price can fluctuate


Wood Chippings

These are super absorbent and provide a very stable bed


  • Eco-friendly but take a long time to rot down
  • High absorbency
  • Dust-free


  • Don't give you the impression of a large, fluffy bed
  • Take a long time to decompose


Rubber matting

Wall-to-wall rubber carpet or tiles developed as a complete horse bed can save you time and money.


  • Provides a comparatively soft non-slip base, guarding against capped hocks, etc
  • Easy to muck out and can be hosed down
  • In theory, no extra bedding costs, although some prefer to use a light layer of shavings over the matting


  • Considerable initial capital outlay to install
  • Not aesthetic
  • Can appear cold and is slow to dry in the winter
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