A well laid bed will ultimately be longer-lasting and there are various methods used to set up a stable bed using wood pellets, two of which are outlined below.
How many bags will I need for one stable?
Depending on the size of the stable, we would suggest 10 to 12 bags (without mats) or 6 to 8 bags (with mats) to lay the initial bed in a 12′ x 12′ stable.
Afterwards one/two bags a week should be sufficient to replenish the soiled bedding removed depending on your horse and how long your horse spends inside.
How do I install a bed?
1) The stable should ideally be thoroughly cleaned
2) Make ready all equipment needed; water bucket and a spreading fork
3) Place bags in rows each covering approx. 1sqft (10 to 12 bags)
4) Cut and pull back a flap in the top of each bag
5) Pour in 8 to 10 litres of water per bag (dependent on weather)
6) Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the bedding to fluff-up
7) When the bedding feels dry to the touch, empty and spread evenly over the desired area and build banks if required.
The bed depth should ideally be 75-100mm (without mats). A well-made initial bed will ultimately result in using less bedding over time.
Please note this is a guide only as there are other ways to lay a bed.
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How do I maintain a bed?
1) Before mucking out, place one bag in the stall corner
2) Cut open
3) Add water (6 to 8 litres dependent on weather)
4) Muck out as per normal
5) Empty bag and distribute as required
Ideally the bedding should be left undisturbed as far as possible for optimum control of wet and odour. Remove solids daily by shaking the fork and letting the dry pellets fall back onto the bedding surface. Try to avoid mixing the bedding too much. Carefully take out saturated patches without removing any dry pellets to avoid waste. Level the bed and add bedding if required. Time to clean out one stable 10 – 15 minutes.
The amount of water added to a bag can be dependent on the weather, where a colder winter climate requires less water. To top up an existing bed, and especially in wet/damp weather, you can mix some dry pellets into the bed to boost the absorbent capacity. In the dry summer period, add water in the usual way. Dirty or wet horses may require more bedding, which can be added dry. You can decide where to place the new bedding within the stable depending on where the horse prefers to ‘go’. A complete clean out of stable may only be required every two to three months.
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It will offer you reduced stable management in terms of:
- Time taken to muck out a stable
- Urine absorption speed
- Extremely economical, only 1 to 2 bags per week to top-up
- Reduction of urine odours within the stable
- Vastly reduced muck heap
Empty two bags into a good size wheelbarrow and add 8-10 litres of water per bag (dependent on weather).
Once the pellets have been sufficiently watered, leave the wheelbarrow for a minimum 15 minutes to allow the pellets to expand.
Turn the pellets over with a fork ensuring that all the pellets come into contact with the water and leave for a minimum 15 minutes to allow the pellets to expand.
Empty the contents of the wheelbarrow onto the stable floor and repeat the previous stages until you have the required amount to make a comfortable bed. More water can be added if required.
Finally rake the bedding into a position that suits your horse.
Multiple wheelbarrows make this process much quicker and easier and if you have a large wheelbarrow you may be able to do more than two bags at once.