Horse Bedding: Flax

Recommendation: High quality but possibly expensive bedding. See Horse Bedding for a comparison to other options.


Attribute Rating
Urine Absorption Excellent
Ammonia & Odour Control Excellent
Coat Feces Yes
Waste Low (small amount of soiled bedding)
Labour Low (relatively little labour required)
Cost High
Physical Health Average
Mental Comfort Average



Flax bedding is very popular with horse owners due to:

  • It keeps stables very clean and odour free, due to its excellent urine absorption and its tendency to coat feces
  • It allows mucking out to be done quickly and with minimum labour or waste

In general, it performs best with 'clean and quiet' horses and is not expensive with such horses. It performs less well with 'dirty box walkers' and is significantly more expensive with such horses (see general issues for details). 

Flax bedding is made for the stem of flax (also know as linseed) plants. These plants are grown mainly for the seeds and the seed oil, so the stems are largely a by-product. Bedding companies purchase the stems and chop them into short pieces (about a centimeter in length) to make bedding.

Flax bedding is similiar to hemp bedding.