Wood Pellet Horse Bedding Comparison Test

One of the growing markets for pellets is the animal bedding industry, particularly for horse bedding. Traditional horse bedding materials include straw and wood shavings, however they present issues. First is the amount of storage space required for these low density bulky materials that have to be kept under cover so they can operate as effective bedding. Secondly is the dust issue these can present to the horses and their lungs. Finally is the time it takes to clean out the stable. Wood pellet bedding can help to address all these issues. However do all wood pellets perform the same as bedding? I’ve found a video of a comparison test using a set amount of different brands of wood pellets and a set amount of water. The pellets are then left for an hour to see how much water they have absorbed and how dry the bedding feels to the touch. There are different grades of pellet bedding, typically economy and premium. At the premium end there are differences in dust percentage, particle size and colour. The premium horse bedding pellets meet the ENplus standard which is the highest grade for fuel but also proves the lowest dust levels currently possible. Some people have reported differences in the absorbency of the premium bedding and the larger particle size. This may mean the manufacturer is changing the screen on their hammer mills. A large particle size entering the pellet mill can put more load on the press and therefore consume more electricity raising production costs but potentially making a better bedding. Finally a lighter colour is seen in the premium grade as its easier for the customer to spot where in the stable needs cleaning. This will be achieved through using a higher percentage of a softwood such as pine. Using hemp shiv could also be another alternative as this would produce a light coloured pellet. The video above does demonstrate more of a difference in pellet absorbency than many people would think. Thanks for reading and please comment below.