Q: Which product is best for my
horse: Dry Stall, Cedar Dry, Best Cedar or Best Pine?
A: All four products can be used in a
box stall and or a pipe corral. It really depends on your stall
situation and what you are trying to achieve. The following is
a brief description of each products uses and benefits.
Q: What is "Dry Stall:
A: "DRY STALL" is a naturally occurring
highly absorbent lightweight volcanic aggregate. Due to its porosity,
it is an ideal medium for aerating, softening, and draining your
soil. Therefore, it came from the earth. It is all natural. Dry
Stall acts like little marbles through out your native soil, giving
the soil better drainage and better aeration. Ideal for mud! Say
good-bye to mud with Dry Stall. Indoors, Dry Stall can be used
to absorb urine and extend the life of your bedding as well as
your flooring. Dry Stall is safe to use as a bedding alone - even
for the miniatures. Dry Stall can be placed directly into mud.
Some other uses are for gardening to aerate
and drain your soil to obtain better root growth; for a generic
cat litter; an absorbent for oil and grease spills; in snow to
eliminate slipping; or as an aggregate for lightweight concrete.
Q: What is "Cedar Dry"?
A: "CEDAR DRY" is a fifty-fifty blend
of Dry Stall with a mid-western cedar that is a type of wood that
can withstand Mother Nature. It has the ability to dry itself
out and will not decompose like most pine. The cedar is aromatic
as well as benefits the barn by reducing the fly population. Cedar
Dry works great in shady paddocks as well as a bedding in a box
stall. It's best to get Cedar Dry down before the rains. Great
for dog runs and will eliminate fleas.
Q: What is "Best Cedar"?
A: "BEST CEDAR" is 100 percent cedar
(same characteristics of the cedar above). If using outdoors do
not place directly into mud. It will disappear. You have to get
the cedar down before the rain. This product is loved by people
who live in very windy areas. Why, because it will compact and
will not blow away like shavings.
Q: What is "Best Pine"?
A: "Best Pine" is a great replacement
for regular shavings or straw bedding. Why? Because it is permanent.
Yes, you do not take it out. It has been kiln dried and has a
moisture content of 6% as opposed to shavings at 14%. This difference
leaves you with a highly absorbent bedding. Better yet, it is
a type of pine that has the ability to dry itself out, similar
to Dry Stall, and go back to work. Our pellets are 100 percent
pine. We do not substitute spruce wood. The pure pine gives you
fabulous odor control. The benefit of Best pine is very little
removal from your stall, less haul away, and no more ammonia odor.
And it's completely safe for composting and can be used cat litter.
Q: Will my horse eat these products?
A: Typically, no. The materials we use are all
natural. They may take a curious bite but than they normally spit
it out. The sizing does not assimilate a food source.
If a horse does ingest the Dry Stall, it is
a good indication that they are lacking minerals. Remove the dry
stall immediately and feed Sand 99 and a mineral supplement.
Note: The DRY STALL only weighs approx. 28 pounds
per cubic foot. Sand and DG weigh approx. 100 pounds per cubic
foot. The veterinarians feel that if ingestion did occur that
it is light enough and large enough to be passed along with the
food. Other materials are so heavy they tend to settle in the
Q: Is it abrasive?
A: Not really. After laying down the
"DRY STALL" a person can sit and lay down in it. We
recommend placing shavings over the DRY STALL where you have coverage
until the material has a chance to work into the soil a little
bit. For outdoor areas use no shavings. You will find that if
your horse has thrush the DRY STALL will reduce the problem.
Q: When's the best time to place Dry
Stall - before or after it rains?
A: It's best to begin the conditioning process
prior to the rains. You need to establish a base or drainage.
It's very beneficial to place a few bags down prior to a rain.
The DRY STALL will absorb the rain and deter the water from entering
into the soil. Dry Stall can be placed directly in the mud, however,
it will take a little more product.
Q: Do I have to remove it?
A: No! DRY STALL is permanent. It will work
its way down into the soil like an earthworm. It hasn't disappeared.
This is where you want it. After a few months, you will need to
add a few bags again. This layering squeezes the clay out.
Q: Will Dry Stall benefit Cedar Dry
A: With Dry Stall, you can place it directly
in the mud without harming the material. Cedarest cannot be placed
directly in the mud. By placing Dry Stall under shavings, straw
or Cedarest will keep these materials from decomposing as quickly.
Q: How do I know what quantities to
A: It is important to start with the recommended
amount of Dry Stall. Remember, smaller pens receive the same amount
of urine, manure considerable more hoof traffic than larger pens.
A pen measuring 12 X I2 requires a minimum of 10 -20 bags for
an out door uncovered pen and 3-5 bags for a covered pen.
To quickly install your Dry Stall, lay all the
bags out in your pen. (Larger pens need not be bedded on the outside
edges). The horse will spread it soon enough. This also keeps
it deeper in the middle. Slice the bags open the width of the
bag. Spread the Dry Stall. It is important to keep your stall
raked during the conditioning process. Try and rake towards the
covered portion. This will create a natural slope away from the
Q: What kind of maintenance is required?:
A: There is virtually no maintenance for DRY
STALL. Depending on your clay soil, you will need to add a few