is there some reason I can't use leftover hay for bedding?
I have hay in a net, but there's still a lot that falls out. She has shavings, and I was going to toss the extra hay that falls on the ground on the shavings for extra bedding. Its a lot after she eats the whole bale, plus there's always some leftovers in the net. Its orchard hay. I know its usually straw used for bedding, is there some reason not to use old hay? Anyway, if it doesn't work out, at least its close to the dumpster. Lol
I hate the mix of hay/shavings, personally. It's harder to shift clean from dirty bedding since you're dealing with two different textures. I ended up going through a lot more shavings. I also think urine-soaked hay smells worse than urine-soaked shavings.
There's nothing wrong with it, per se, but I think it makes cleaning stalls a PITA.
Most breeders in my area use old hay for bedding. Not moldy, dusty old, but last years leftovers. It's cheaper than straw, just as dry, cleanup is the same (I hate it after using shavings, lol, but it goes with the territory) and I haven't yet had a horse tell me that they thought I should spend more and buy straw for them.
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When our horses leave a bunch of hay and mix it into their bedding on their own we leave it there until they get it dirty. If there is a bunch of good stuff not mixed in it usually goes to one of the other horses thought. Really the only problem with it is how much harder it is to clean up but if the parts are small then it shouldn't be too hard.
absolutely you can use it for bedding - i do it all the time - leftover hay on the ground and use it for bedding - also left over hay when sweeping gets put in the stall for bedding.
We don't usually have left over hay in the stalls unless they are in for 24/36 hours in a row. Clean stalls and fresh hay in the feeders for a night there usually isn't anything left in the morning as we don't overfeed in the stalls.
I like to use it to bank the stalls, and half the time bed the mare's stall. The pony gets hay banked up to keep him nice and cozy when he's locked in, and the mare can come and go, so when I have enough leftover it gets used as bedding. Saves me money, I can't afford to go through shavings too quickly!
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I can't be there twice a day for feeding, so they free feed. When they were fed twice a day on the ground, the baby* would toss it all over, stomp it, pee on it, poop on it, then refuse to eat it. Lol. He was wasting a lot. So then I got the net. It actually works pretty good, plus he had food all the time, which helped keep him busy. They eat some off the ground, but they get busy with the whole bale and step on the stuff on the ground and then they don't eat it.
I noticed when they free feed, they tend not to vaccuum so much, its more lazy munching. So if they drop some, they don't rush to pick it up. They go back to munching the bale.
She's in a big corral. I kept it more in her sleeping area and not so much in her pee spot, so we'll see what happens. If she does mess it, its okay because it was going in the dumpster anyway, I thought she might like to take a snooze on it first.
Some horses (who shall remain nameless) find hay on the ground to be something you need to pee and manure on. Then said horse has a temper tantrum that she has no hay.
Not saying this is the case with the OP's horse but it is the case with more than one horse I know.
That's him!! He was worse with the net, he'd stomp it, toss it, try and destroy it. I finally had to attach it to the tackroom to keep him from doing that.
This morning, my lovely hay bed I made for my mare was completely a mess. Poop, pee, spread everywhere and stomped into the shavings. I couldn't tell if she slept on it or not. Lol Does that mean she likes it or hates it?