Passionate about supporting the next generation of equestrians, BEDMAX Shavings have teamed up with the British Grooms Association (BGA) to launch the ‘BEDMAX Certification in Bedding Management’. This interactive, e-learning course is aimed at promoting the health benefits associated with good bedding management and stable hygiene.

The online educational facility explores the way domestic horses are kept today, and why when stabled, it is entirely down to humans to provide them with all the essential elements they need for their health and wellbeing. Following completion of the Certification in Bedding Management e-learning course, grooms should be equipped with the correct information needed to understand the risks associated with each type of bedding, know how different types of bedding are made, understand the importance of good hygiene and know the rules for making a bed.

Commenting on their collaboration with BEDMAX to launch this new e-learning resource, Lucy Katan, Executive Director of the BGA said:

“Having had the support of BEDMAX for a number of years now, we are delighted to have been able to work with them to produce this new online resource for our members.”

Throughout the session, grooms will investigate the primary health risks which can affect stabled horses. It will also look at different types of bedding material, outlining the pros and cons for each, as well as how the product is manufactured. Through interactive tools, participants can benefit from tips to maintaining good hygiene in the stable, and how to avoid getting this wrong. In addition, there is a step by step guide on the rules of bed making and mucking out.

Tim Smalley, Managing Director of BEDMAX explained

“The importance of correct bedding management is vital to the overall health and well-being of stabled horses, and is a key factor when it comes to performance. Through this e-learning facility, members of the British Grooms Association are able to improve their knowledge in different bedding materials, health risks and general stable hygiene and maintenance, allowing them to put this in to practice in their role as a groom.”

To complete the BEDMAX Certification in Bedding Management please visit https://britishgrooms.org.uk/training/.

As the national representative for all grooms working in the UK, as well as British grooms working abroad, the British Grooms Association (BGA) exists to support members throughout their entire career as a groom. Alongside this, the BGA also offers members a number of training opportunities and learning resources to further develop their skills and knowledge. For more information visit the BGA website www.britishgrooms.org.uk.