I have battled with my mare to find a bedding which suits her. She likes to roll, you see, and furthermore, she likes to dig the bed with her front foot before she rolls. I have rubber matting down, but it took me an age to find exactly the right bedding for her.
I settled on a deep litter system using Easibed (which will get its own post shortly!). But this presented a conundrum to me. The digging and the rolling has the unfortunate side effect of breaking up all the droppings into itty-bitty tiny pieces and it made me crazy that I could not pick them up with my shavings fork.
I had resisted buying the new Pellet Master fork by Fynalite because when I looked at the picture online, it looked to me as though the tynes weren’t any closer together than those of my shavings fork. Then I went to Your Horse Live and saw one in the flesh. I measured it against a shavings fork. And I handed over £25 for one. At this point, I have to confess I have a guilty secret – I sort of collect mucking out tools. If I see something I think will make life easier, I buy it. I currently own: one shavings fork, one fork with curved tynes for straw, two different brooms with different bristles and head sizes, a plastic rake for leveling the bed and cleaning under the haybar. And now a Pellet Master.
It has revolutionised my mucking out. I can now scoop up all the bits of poo and merrily fling them out of the stable. I am thrilled I bought it. And if you use bedding in tiny pieces or have a horse which turns nice neat mounds of dung into tiny bits, you should buy one too.