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.
To find out which events we’ll be at you can view our events page. It’s worth paying us a visit on our stand, as we run fantastic competitions where you can win equestrian products like bags of bedmax, our own branded clothing and stable equipment.
How to make a BEDMAX bed… Elmnet
Make an Ideal Bed
This is how our experts recommend that you make a bed that will be best for your horse and easiest and least wasteful for you to maintain:
The average empty loose box or stable should require 4 – 6 bags of shavings to create the best depth of bed. Each 20kg BEDMAX bag is pressure-packed and contains a consistent volume of shavings that will cover about 2 to 3 square metres.
Use a shavings fork to loosen and aerate the packed shavings, and spread them evenly. (We recommend a Multi Mucka 10-tine fork for BEDMAX. The same fork will be ideal for mucking out with minimum waste.)
Create a level bed 6 – 8 inches deep covering the entire floor but leaving space at the doorway to minimise spillage. This is important both for your horse’s comfort and welfare, but also because a deeper bed manages moisture more efficiently and requires less replacement bedding.
Some owners like to bank shavings about 12 – 18 inches high around walls as a ‘reserve’ of clean, dry shavings. Heaping banks when mucking out will also prolong your bed life. Rubber matting is increasingly used as a substrate on stable floors.
Maintaining an Ideal Bed…
Horses should be removed from their stable if possible while mucking out.
Droppings should be removed as soon as possible using a shavings fork.
Shake the fork gently to loosen any clean shavings back onto the surface and avoid waste.
Loosen the surface of the bed with the shavings fork after mucking out.
Every two or three days, heap loosened surface shavings into banks at the sides, remove any concentrated areas of wet shavings and pull banks back into the main area of the bed..
Add fresh shavings to maintain optimum depth. Most customers report using 1 – 1.5 bags a week, depending on your horse’s ‘housekeeping habits’.
Recycle Used Shavings…
We recommend that the simplest and most environmentally responsible means of disposing of your used shavings is to compost them and return them to the soil. We commissioned a 12-month scientific study to confirm the best conditions for composting BEDMAX shavings successfully. The result showed that used shavings plus manure will turn themselves into excellent compost in a matter of a few months.
No special effort is required, but the ideal conditions for composting a muck heap are:
A rough ratio of 3 parts shavings : 1 part dung or green matter
Ensure the heap is on the wet side of damp but not waterlogged
Keep the heap uncovered
Air is essential. Turn the heap monthly if possible
Under these conditions BEDMAX will compost in 4 – 8 months depending on the season.