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What are the characteristics of a good bedding?
The choice and use of the bedding however is as important as the choice of a good saddle.
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Let’s see what a good bedding means!
The specialists from the Equine Research Center in Ontario, Canada, have carefully analyzed five different types of bedding. The most relevant characteristic subject to study was the absorption of humidity, as it has a fundamental role in preventing mould forming and ammonia binding which irritate the air passages (anat.) (provoking serious air passages diseases). A good bedding is free of particles and contains very little or no dust, as this can cause problems for the air passages. It is also important that the bedding, mixed with manure, can easily be cleaned, considering, if the bedding is thick and heavy, it tends to stick, making the cleaning operations all the more difficult.
What type of bedding should you choose?
Paper has the best characteristic relating to humidity absorption, providing the best protection for horses against ammonia, which, besides having an unpleasant smell, is also a health risk. Paper bedding is also very advantageous in dealing with mould, but only if the bedding is always discarded with the manure. However, nobody associates breeding horses with paper bedding, as the capacity of paper to absorb water adds additional weight to the bedding.
As the weight of paper increases by 900% when wet, the changing of the bedding would turn into a very difficult task. In contrast with this type of bedding, the rest of them are lighter, although their humidity absorption capacity does not come close to that of paper. The weight of hemp fibers increases by 400%, that of peat by 300% and that of sawdust by 250%. This is the reason why the majority of people use sawdust as animal bedding.
The harmful mould
If we only analyzed the issue of the mould, its presence and its quantity, nobody would choose straw any longer, because they represent the perfect environment for its development. The largest quantity of mould appears in hay or straw during the binding of bales. It extends further if the straw is stored in humid places. Unexperienced people think they can evaluate the humidity of bales according to their smell. This is completely useless, because, as far as straw is concerned, one thing is for sure: they contain mould spores.
What happens if the animal eats the bedding?
Horses or cattle may eat their hay or straw bedding as if it were a dessert, but this shall not be considered a tragedy if the quantity that was consumed is not extremely large. However, this may become a problem if the animal systematically eats half of its bedding, because water consumption will consequently increase as well. Digestion problems may ensue, as horses also have their limits.
Therefore, considering the remarks above, the most appropriate bedding seems to be the sawdust bedding.
Sawdust is clean, hygienic, easy to handle, does not favor mould forming like straw does and there are no risks of it being eaten by the animal, thus avoiding any health problem arising.
Our products are exclusively obtained from soft wood, according to the up-to-date European standards, are hygienic and, at the same time, simple and natural.