Yes, you can use straw pellets under wood shavings. In fact, many of our customers combine the benefits of a dust extracted shavings with straw pellets to give their horses a healthy and comfortable stable bed.
We receive very positive feedback from owners who are using Bedmax or Littlemax pine wood shavings together with Strawmax straw pellets to create the perfect horse bed.
What these owners are finding is that by putting down a base layer of Strawmax straw pellets and covering them with a layer of Bedmax low-dust shavings, they are reducing the amount of both types of bedding they need to keep the stable dry, hygienic, healthy, and comfortable.
Strawmax straw pellets offer a level of absorbency that experts have suggested is greater than any other bedding material. That means that urine is absorbed in relatively small ‘patches’ of the bed where it can easily be isolated and mucked out without wasting anything like as much clean bedding as other types.
A top layer of Bedmax or Littlemax shavings allows urine to drain down to the straw pellet base layer, leaving the shavings free of moisture. This keeps the shavings in good condition for longer, requiring less replacement, and the shavings also offer all the unbeatable Bedmax benefits of minimal dust, pine hygiene and extra support for horses lying down and rolling.
Because it lasts longer than other types of bedding, Strawmax is particularly economical to use either on its own or as a base layer, and owners who are using it in both ways tell us their level of waste is so small their muckheaps are shrinking before their very eyes.
So, we’re very happy to recommend Strawmax straw pellets either watered or straight from the bag, as a base layer under any good quality shavings. It seems to offer the best of both worlds to owners and their horses.