Dust free, small muck heap bedding

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Talk to me about bedding. I need it to be dust free and easily compostable. Two tidy mares.
I keep deciding on a bedding and then discovering I can't get it locally, but my ideas so far are:
-Hemp
-Flax
-Rape straw

I'm pretty sure I can get at least one of these locally, are they all fairly comparable?

All reviews welcome, any advise in mucking them out? I've only used hemp before and that was for chickens!
 

chaps89

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I don't like flax, I find it slippery and it sticks to everything.
I am a total rape straw convert though. I take the droppings out in the week, very little wastage just half a barrow of poo each day. Then full muck out at the weekend, which for a very wet mare is 2 barrows.
I was taking 2 barrows out daily when on straw and 2 barrows twice a week for a twice a week full muck out on wood pellets. It makes a big difference to the muck heap!
 

eggs

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I have one of flax and another on chopped rape straw and like both.

The flax was slippery when I first put it down but now is very stable. I semi deep litter it, taking out the droppings daily and removing any wet that comes to the surface.

The horse that is now on chopped rape straw was previously on straw. He is very wet and I had to do a full muck out each day but now I take the droppings out daily and dig the wet out at the weekend.
 

paddi22

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rape seed shavings all the way! very little dust and my muck heap is half the size is was with shavings. It also seems to work out better for removing wetpatches so has saved me money
 
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Won't cardboard take ages to rot down? I've only ever used it for a gelding post surgery on recommendation from the vets and I wasn't keen as it seemed very wet.
 
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A friend’s vet recommended cardboard for her asthmatic horse, said it’s the least likely to be dusty, but I think some yos don’t allow it due to the slow degrading nature.
 

Nicnac

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Concord straw pellets. Remove wet once a week and top up. Tiny muck heap and very low dust as you don't disturb the bed much. One horse no longer coughs since I changed from shavings. No smell either. Won't need muck heap removed this year (or maybe every again) so saving quite a bit of money. I have 3 on the pellets.
 

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A friend’s vet recommended cardboard for her asthmatic horse, said it’s the least likely to be dusty, but I think some yos don’t allow it due to the slow degrading nature.
I don't understand this. Shavings take for ever to rot down. Cardboard goes to mush really quickly. I have 8 on it, and my muck heap is the smallest its ever been. Have you ever left a bit of cardboard outside? It soon disappears.
Speaking to a farmer the other day who spread shavings on a field more than 2 years ago, said he still finds whole bits even now!
 
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