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CORRECTLY bedding a horse is an important management factor and not getting right can cost you more in the long run. A poor quality bedding not only compromises the respiratory system, but also the limbs and feet, harbours infection and will not encourage your horse to lie down. Yes we all know horses can sleep standing up but the deep REM sleep is as important to them as it is to us. A thin, meagre bed is wholly unappealing, soon becomes contaminated resulting in strong odour and wet conditions for horses to stand in - as well as providing you with smelly rugs and a smelly horse! We feel very sorry for horses that have a few handfuls of shavings scattered in the corner on rubber mats. Mats whilst infinitely better than laying on concrete do not provide the comfort and support that a bedding should and most certainly to do not combat the issue of ammonia which is so harmful to the lungs and feet. There is also the "splash" situation with some geldings who quite understandably do not like this.
WHILST no-one can deny that there is nothing to beat the look of a stable bedded up with straw especially on a wet and wild winter's night, the use of straw is just not practicable or feasible for many yards and individual owners. Indeed we used to bed on straw but as farming changed with a desire for much shorter straw and the British summers deteriorated meaning harvesting became a battle against the elements it became harder and harder for us to source straw of a quality that we were prepared to use so the quest for alternatives began. Having experimented with a wide range of products including paper it was BEDMAX that came out tops for us.
WHY - What makes BEDMAX our number one choice?
OF COURSE a shavings bed is much quicker to muck out and easier to manage so is much less labour intensive.
AND IT is an absolute myth to say that shavings cannot be banked up against the walls for additional protection - because they can!
IF A HORSE has to be on box-rest he wants the best possible environment so that he remains comfortable and happy. If the box-rest is consequent upon an illness horses often feel tired and weak so a bedding that encourages a horse to lie down is very important.so that he can rest.
IT IS LITTLE wonder that BEDMAX are the choice of professionals up and down the country as well as a host of small yards and individual owners.