Litter for horses: which and what is the best way to make it?
Litter for horses is an important part of caring for these animals. What should be the litter in the stall to make the horse comfortable?
In the photo: a thin layer of sawdust as a litter for a horse
What should be the litter for horses
If you look at things from the point of view of the horse itself, then the litter should meet the following requirements:
- Comfortable for lying down.
- Well absorbing liquid, so that puddles do not form in the stall and does not smell like ammonia.
- Allow horses to dig, look for food in the litter and exhibit other species-specific behavior, which a concrete or wooden floor will not allow.
In the photo: sawdust as a litter for a horse
What is used as bedding for horses
- Straw. The straw bed should be deep to warm the horse and allow it to lie comfortably. A thick layer of straw in the stall reduces the load on the horse's joints. In addition, straw bedding can serve as an additional source of food and entertain the horse if she has run out of hay. However, wet straw becomes quite difficult, and cleaning can become difficult.
- Sawdust. Litter from sawdust does not give as much heat as straw, but this litter is easy to clean and the depth of the litter from sawdust can be less than from straw.
- Paper. In principle, paper absorbs liquid well. But to make such a litter is very difficult, since a lot of paper is required, and the cutter is hardly an obligatory element of the equipment of the stable.
- Rubber mats. This type of litter can be convenient from the point of view of a person (it is easy to remove excrement from it), however, horses do not like rubber as a litter, because urine splashes the horse's legs when it falls onto such a floor and then a puddle remains. However, rubber mats can be an excellent insulating layer between, for example, a concrete floor and a bed of sawdust or straw.
In the photo: straw as a litter for horses