Atherstone, Warwickshire (PRWEB) April 29, 2013
Before using wood pellet bedding, clean your stable or horse box thoroughly using disinfectant. This will kill any bacteria, ammonia or harmful insects which may inhabit your stable.
Ammonia builds up due to your horse urinating and can be harmful to hooves and also cause breathing problems.
Use a disinfectant suitable for horses; ask your local equestrian shop for advice.
General household disinfectants usually contain alcohol, ammonia, silver nitrate or other silver compounds; these chemicals can be dangerous to horses and should be avoided.
It is important to ensure that your horse or pony’s stable does not become too damp or too dusty.
It is easier to regulate the moisture of wood pellet bedding than other bedding types.
Maintain the perfect moisture level by adding more wood pellet bedding if the bed is too moist and sprinkle with water if too dry.
Wood pellet bedding is more effective at soaking up moisture than traditional bedding as the wet areas will form clumps which are easier to remove than shavings, paper or straw.
This means you will save more of your bed, create less waste and muck out much efficiently.
3. Hardwood or Softwood Pellets?
Only buy wood pellets which are made from softwood. Hardwood pellets can cause Laminitis.
Hardwood pellets may contain wood from the Black Walnut tree which can cause this condition.
Laminitis is a painful condition of the feet which results in inflammation of the Laminae tissues, which bond the hoof wall to the pedal bone.
Buy wood pellets which are made of softwood as they are much more absorbent than hardwood.
“Our softwood pellets provide a sterile bed because they are heat treated to high temperatures during production, removing tars, oils, hydrocarbons and other potential allergens,” explains Andrew Brindley, Heat Logs supplier.
Rubber matting placed under the pellets will allow any excess liquid to drain away.
It will help cut down the amount of wood you use, making it more cost effective and more hygienic for your horse.
5. Use a Wheelbarrow
When adding your pellets use a wheelbarrow.
“Fill the barrow with the pellets and add water. This allows them to begin to break down before introducing them to the stable,” advises Andrew Brindley, Heat Logs supplier.
6. Go Green
If your stable is in an area which is suitable (not a smokeless zone) then burn the used wood pellets in a fire bin.
Check with the stable owner beforehand if this is permitted.
“This will reduce waste even further and also produces a rich fertilizer,” suggests Andrew, retailer of Heat Briquettes.
7. On The Move
“Wood pellets are ideal for horse boxes; they are superb at soaking up moisture and have the added advantage of taking up less space,“ recommends Andy.
8. Not Sure?
If you prefer to use straw or wood shavings and are a little nervous at changing why not try mixing the pellets with your existing bedding?
Your horse bed will be better for it as the pellets will absorb liquids, provide a ‘softer’ bed and also reduce the amount of wasted bedding.
9. Bank Your Bed
‘Banking,’ for those who don’t know, means that your bedding material is raised at the back and sides. This will help you maintain your bed and mean that less bedding is thrown away.
10. Right Tools for the Job
A fork which allows clean bedding to fall through whilst at the same time filtering out the dirty bedding is ideal.
Midland Bio Energy was formed in 2007 in Warwickshire by Andrew Brindley. Midland now supplies fuel and wood pellet bedding products to the commercial sector, the equine industry and domestic households.
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