BEDMAX - Promoting better preventative equine health care

The stable isn’t a naturally healthy environment for horses.

In major national surveys we have carried out during the past two years, we have found that around 40% of horse owners in the UK experience equine health problems that require veterinary treatment and/or box rest for their horses during the winter months – the period when the majority of horses in the UK spend a minimum of 12 hours a day in their stables.

Equine veterinary research confirms our findings that over half of these cases are due to respiratory and hoof disease. The majority of these serious problems could be prevented by better stable management – including the use of better quality, dust free bedding. 

We designed and developed BEDMAX shavings nearly 20 years ago specifically to help prevent horses from suffering these serious, stable-related equine health problems. 

Now we want to help spread the message that equine vets are promoting: Don’t let your horse suffer. Prevention is far better for you, your horse and your pocket than cure. 

Six key equine health threats in the stable

We developed BEDMAX large flake, dust free pine shavings to help prevent the 6 key health problems that threaten your horses’ health and wellbeing in their stables.

  • Dust and Spores
    Airborne dust and spores from bedding are recognised as one of the major causes of respiratory problems among stabled horses.
  • Hooves
    Horses moving from a wet environment outside onto dry or highly absorbent bedding run a high risk of hoof damage. Lack of secure, resilient support, particularly under the frog, can lead to hoof and musculo-skeletal problems.
  • Hygiene
    Hygiene in the stable is critical to prevent infection and disease. Bedding quality and proper management are critical to maintaining effective hygienic conditions.
  • Joints
    Lack of adequate bedding will make a horse more susceptible to injury when lying down or rolling in the stable.
  • Ammonia
    Poor bedding and bedding management exposes horses to greater contact with ammonia, which can damage the respiratory system and attack the structure of the hoof.
  • Rest
    Horses need an average of approximately 60 minutes of REM sleep every 24 hours. They need to lie down to achieve this. Without a satisfactory bed horses are less likely to lie down and rest properly.

Beating the biggest threat in the stable – respiratory disease

We designed and developed BEDMAX shavings specifically to help you prevent all the key equine health problems that can affect your horse in the stable.

We started with dust. By far the biggest of these is respiratory disease. The biggest cause of this often devastating equine health problem is airborne dust, and the most common source of airborne dust in most stables today is bedding – the wrong bedding.

Eliminating airborne dust and spores from our shavings has always been our biggest priority, and it still is. Clean air is the cornerstone of your horse’s health in the stable, and using a top quality, dust free bedding is one of the simplest ways you can ensure it…

Now improved and better than ever!

Through continual research we ceaselessly strive to improve and perfect our bespoke equine bedding, ensuring an optimum stable environment for horses.

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BEDMAX Shavings is our main bedding product. Large flake shavings made from pine especially for horses.

Available in 18kg bags
from retailers UK-wide

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LITTLEMAX Fine Shavings are purpose made for owners who want all the benefits of BEDMAX but in a finer, lighter shaving.

Available in 18kg bags
from retailers UK-wide

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FIBREMAX is sustainable recycled wood fibre bedding.

Designed to offer an affordable bedding, providing a high level of comfort for your horse in the stable.

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STOCKMAX is 100% natural, dust free livestock bedding

It’s been developed and made-to-measure to help you keep your animals healthy, happy and comfortable.

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HOTMAX Fuel Logs are made from the dust we extract from our shavings. Clean, green, high heat with low emissions.

Available in 18kg and 10kg bags

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Equine Health and Welfare Articles

1711, 2019

Respiratory Disease Kills Humans and Horses.

November 20th is World COPD Day. This is a global day of warning, flagging up the growing threat of respiratory disease and the 2 million human deaths it causes every year. It is estimated that over 250 million people around the world live with the effects of respiratory disease caused by the inhalation of toxic pollutants or particulates like dust that inflame, irritate and restrict their airways and lungs.

2611, 2018

BEDMAX Equine Health Survey 2018

November 21 was World COPD Day. Every respiratory health organisation around the world is supporting this flagship day to help draw attention to one of the biggest and least recognised health threats that affects millions of people all over the planet. Here at BEDMAX, we think this is also an unmissable opportunity to highlight the parallels between the scale and severity of the respiratory threat that affects both humans and horses.

2809, 2018

The 2018 Bedmax Equine Survey results are available now!

The results from the 2018 BEDMAX Equine Health Survey have underlined that a large proportion of UK horse owners face two major problems trying to keep their horses healthy in their stables during the winter months – respiratory illness and hoof disease. Nearly 40% of the 908 respondents reported that the horses they cared for had suffered a health problem that had required veterinary treatment or time off being ridden, or both, during the previous six winter months.

2908, 2018

2018 Equine Health Survey Results confirm BIG stable threats to horses

The results from our 2018 Equine Health Survey have demonstrated very clearly that UK horse owners face some major problems trying to keep their horses healthy in their stables. Over 40% of more than 900 owners who responded told us their horses had suffered health problems that required veterinary treatment and/or rest during the six winter months - the months when the majority of horses in the UK spend more than 12 hours out of every 24 in their stables.

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