What bedding do horses choose, reduce undesirable behaviours and sleep more on?

Bedding material is necessary for the stabled horse, to allow them to lie down, provide insulation, comfort and to drain away excretions  (Manual of Horsemanship, 2011).

Straw is a popular bedding choice, which is the stalks of different grains, such as wheat, barley and oats (Britannica, 2023). It has been used by humans for many years for animal bedding, human bedding and even baskets and hats. Top reasons for use of straw are that it is usually readily available, it drains well to keep horses dry and tends to be on the cheaper side compared to other beddings.

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