There are several types of beds, whose choice will be given by the materials available in each place, always according to the taste and availability of the owner and the type of horse.
Straw is very popular, since its price is generally not very high, it is thermal, comfortable and usually works well in drainage. This has several presentations:
straw :with the same characteristics described above and above all, it is not appealing to the horse so it will not eat it.
- barley straw: Its texture is smooth and the horse can find it appetizing. It is important that it does not have spikes, as it can irritate the horse’s skin
- Oat straw or hay straw : it is
not recommendedas it is very porous and tends to absorb liquids. In addition, there is a risk that the horse will eat it and end up sick with colic.
The sawdust : it can be an excellent bed, but it produces a lot of fine dust and can cause irritations in the skin of the horse, especially if it comes from the pine. In the same way, dust can penetrate the nasal mucosa of your horse and cause severe damage. Absolute care must be taken in this type of bed since as soon as the sawdust gets wet, it becomes very heavy and makes it difficult to clean the stable.
The wood chip is usually used when the horse is used to eating straw. Following a proper cleaning can last up to 25 or 30 days. It is an easy to get material and very absorbent due to its light texture. Does not release dust once extended. Both sawdust and shavings should be completely free of nails or any other cutting material.
Dry horse manure : some people still use this material, allowing the horse’s stools to dry in the sun to be dehydrated and disinfected (the sun has bactericidal, parasiticidal and viricidal power). However, this is not recommended for unhygienic and for carrying a great risk to the health of the equine.
Newsprint: it is a good option if the horse is allergic or hypersensitive to dust. However, the maintenance must be carried out with great care, as it is immediately caked.
The most important thing is to offer comfort and the least change of temperature inside the stable during the day. In extreme climates with large temperature differences between day and night, the management, selection and care of the bed should be an issue to be closely monitored. Similarly, if the beds are kept wet can cause serious injury to the hooves.