Every horse owner will be familiar with the amount of waste their horse produces. In fact, the average horse produces more than 5,000 pints of urine each year, which means your choice of bedding plays a huge part in your horse’s health.
In our first blog on the benefits of BedKind ‘Reduce RAO risk with our dust-extracted bedding’, we discussed that the key triggers for health problems in horses are mould, dust, and bacteria found in bedding and feed.
You’ve probably heard of thrush, which is mostly found in small children and older adults, but did you know it’s also commonplace in horses too? However, equine thrush is different to that found in humans. In fact, if you were to compare equine thrush with the human condition, it would be more like athlete’s foot. Whilst neither athlete’s foot or thrush are life-threatening, both can be very uncomfortable.
If thrush is left untreated it can cause serious foot complications in horses. It’s caused by continuous exposure to a damp environment without sufficient care and attention to the feet, such as poor stable management, damp bedding, and muddy fields. It is a bacterial infection, and if left untreated it can move to the sensitive internal structures in the foot. Symptoms range from black smelly discharge around the frog, and even lameness if severe.
If you’ve ever noticed a strong smell when mucking out, or when returning home after a long day at the yard, there’s a chance your horses health could be at risk. Ammonia is widely recognised as a strong irritant and is triggered by a build-up of untouched urine. Any excess urine seeps through the cracks of the stall mats, down the drain, or into excessively deep bedding, and once stuck in these oxygen-barren areas, naturally occurring bacteria start feeding on the nutrients of the urine, resulting in ammonia.
Aside from the unpleasant smell, it can irritate the skin, eyes, nasal passages, sinuses, and the respiratory system in both horses and humans. In a recent study of horses referred for veterinary examination because of poor performance, more than 80% had respiratory disease, which shows how difficult monitoring ammonia levels can be.
Research suggests that bedding with higher levels of absorbency results in lower levels of ammonia in stalls. Straw is the least absorbent, followed by wood shavings, then paper or cardboard.
Researcher Susan Raymond from the Equine Research Centre in Ontario, Canada, found that fibre-based bedding, such as carboard bedding absorbed three times as much water as traditional bedding, such as shavings and straw.
It’s time to consider switching to a bedding that’s more absorbent. BedKind was created with one goal in mind – to improve the health and happiness of animals. It provides a warm, dry and comfortable bed, so why not try it today.
Our cardboard bedding is scientifically proven to absorb more. But don’t just take our word for it - read what our customers have to say…
“Having always used Bedmax, my perception of cardboard was that it was smelly, heavy when wet, and not very long lasting. How wrong I was! The bedding is super absorbent, very easy to remove, odour free, and isn’t at all dusty! All in all, excellent value for money, and a 5* performance! I'm converted!”
Louise Crofts – Buckinghamshire
"I’ve been using BedKind for a couple of weeks now, and so far I really like it. Dust-free, absorbent, and so easy to muck out! The wet sinks to the bottom, and soaks into a clump. The dry stuff on top can be blown out of the way with a leaf blower, so all you have to do is shovel up the solid clump of wet. So Easy! Added bonus is that somehow BedKind neutralises the smell of ammonia – that and the lack of dust are a big bonus for horses with equine-asthma. Love it!"
Lesley Wilson Boyd – Northamptonshire
"Amazing product!!! I won't be going back to shavings ever again! Vastly more absorbent, dust free and locks in the pee smell! Amazing product, I am so so happy."
Saidee Samuelson - London
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