I prefer shavings because my horse had a sensitive stomach and would actually colic on the straw she used to be on and now she's on shavings, she is much healthier. Plus I think shavings look nicer in the barn ;) but it does really depend on the horse.
It really depends on the horse's individual needs. So me horses are allergic to the shavings, so straw would be a better choice because it is not as dusty. But, shavings are also more absorbent and easier to clean up.
They absorb the pee, and other unwanted substances, and they are much easier to clean up.
The only down thing about them if that the shaving gets all over my horses, and sometimes the shavings can be to dusty.
Straw is good, but I am afraid my horse may want to eat it, and Straw is way harder to clean then shaving.!
Hope that helped!
It depends on the horse. For my competition horse(s) I prefer shavings. It is the easiest to keep clean, I know exactly how much my horse eats, it is comfortable but one big factor for me is that when they go to away shows 99% of the time the bedding used is shavings, and thus they do not have a change which may cause disturbance.
For mares/youngsters/other horses I prefer straw, as they can nibb at it to keep occupied and it is very comfortable with a big warm straw bed :)
Straw! Not only is it great for your horses coat and feet but it is also great for their upper respiratory system as there is no dust. Straw is also a perfect alternative for any horse that has sensitivity to certain types of shavings.