How to Use a Pellet Based Horse Bedding?

In looking at which type of horse bedding to use, there is now a pellet type of horse bedding that offers a real alternative to using straw. This article gives you a run through of how to use the pellets in your stable yard.

The amount of pellet-based bedding required obviously depends upon the size of your stable, but if we take an average stable size of 4m by 4m then you could safely presume that 12 x 15kg bags will provide a nice amount for a comfortable bedding layer of around two and a half inches in thickness. The pellets will break down as the horse moves on the bedding and provide a nice soft layer.

A straw-based, horse bedding pellet does not need watering like the wood variety - so with a straw pellet bedding simply lay the pellets on the stable flooring straight from the bag. During your daily check, you can just remove soiled areas with a fork, lifting off the soiled areas only. There isn't a need to move the whole of the bedding area to remove just the affected areas like you may do with a straw bedding. Simply add some more pellets to the area you have just mucked out straight from the bag and you have done your daily horse bedding maintenance.

Weekly maintenance is reduced with the horse bedding pellet product. as less bedding is removed throughout the week. Once a week you may be required to add another 2-3 bags to top up the bedding in the stable.

To create a refreshment process - before adding fresh pellets, move some existing bedding from the outer areas of the stable to the areas that the horse urinates the most, then add the new pellets to the outer areas of the stable and level off the bedding as preferred.

You will soon get an idea of the amount of pellets you, and your horse, prefer and can adjust accordingly. The waste from the stable can be used as an excellent, high quality fertilizer after you've mucked out too, if you prefer, meaning that the pellets can have a very useful second purpose.
The pellets can be stored easily and cleanly, as provided in either bulk of smaller sealed bags, you do not have the problem of having loose straw to place somewhere and keep dry.

In discussion with horse owners, the specially developed pellets have proved ideal for horse bedding use.

By S Wells
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