BEDMAX for Racing

The racing industry was our starting point when we began researching bedding in 1998.

No other form of equestrian sport tests the health and fitness of horses to the same degree as racing.

Only on the racecourse can such small details of equine health make such a big difference to the results, and attention to these details has always been an essential factor in successful training.

That’s why racing has led many of the most important advances in the care of horses during the past 25 years – including the recognition of the damage that dust can do to the equine respiratory system, and the problems caused by ammonia to horses hooves. BEDMAX is specifically designed to eliminate these threats.

Colin Hall is the stable manager for Newcastle, Carlisle and Thirsk Racecourses. In this short video (right) he explains why Bedmax is his bedding of choice.

The stable environment is particularly important to racehorses…

Racehorses spend more time in their stables than any other horses – usually between 20 and 22 hours out of every 24. This means that it is more important than ever to ensure that stables are as dust free and hygienic a place as possible.

Bedding is potentially the biggest source of dust in the stable, and dust can impair or seriously damage your horse’s respiratory system. BEDMAX has one of the lowest levels of dust and spores on the market. Also, when made properly, a BEDMAX bed drains moisture from the surface and absorbs it at the lower level. This keeps the surface of the bed dry, and it keeps urine and ammonia away from hooves.

Six health risks to stabled racehorses

We developed BEDMAX large flake, dust free pine shavings to help combat the 6 key health problem areas for horses that spend very long periods 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.

Bedmax Racing International

Since 2000 BEDMAX has been the first choice bedding for many of the leading trainers in the UK and Ireland, and for many of the racecourses in this country.

BEDMAX_SupportingRacingIn 2001 we fulfilled our first order for BEDMAX from the Hong Kong Jockey Club at Sha Tin racecourse and we have been supplying a growing number of trainers in Hong Kong with BEDMAX ever since.

In recent years, our support for racing has spread further in Europe and the Middle East, and we have supplied trainers as far afield as France and Germany, Switzerland, Malta and Barbados.

Racing Articles

208, 2016

Q&A with Brent Adamson, Racing & Stud Specialist at BEDMAX

Brent Adamson is the Racing & Stud Specialist here at BEDMAX. He joined us back in 2015 from Dodson & Horrell and is now responsible for liaising with trainers, racecourses, studs and veterinary practices in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong. We caught up with Brent to find out why he chose a career in the equine industry.

3105, 2016

Q&A with Gillian Carlisle, Chief Executive of the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre (BTRC) is a charity dedicated to improving and promoting the welfare of retired race horses through education, retraining and suitable rehoming in order to ensure a rewarding and valuable life after their racing careers have ended. We caught up with BTRC Chief Executive, Gillian Carlisle to find out what led her to a career in the equine industry.