Straw has traditionally been used for horse bedding in the UK for centuries now. But why? Well, one may argue there are many reasons, some of which include: being widely available; easy to muck out; cheaper than other bedding alternatives, and providing a warm comfortable bed for your horses. This all sounds great, but straw bedding has many disadvantages that aren’t so pleasant. In this article by P.H. Winterson & Sons, we’ll take you through the disadvantages and explain why other bedding alternatives such as shavings are better than straw bedding. After reading this, the chances are, you’ll want to consider switching your horse’s bedding! Dust and Mould Straw bedding is a byproduct of harvested cereal grain crops such as wheat, oats, and bailey. Similar to hay, a bale of straw needs to be regularly checked for mould or moisture. Depending on the quality, it can be quite dusty. Mouldy or dusty straw shouldn’t be used as bedding because it can cause respiratory problems for you and your horses. If your horse or you suffer from respiratory issues such as asthma, straw is not a suitable type of bedding. Whereas, shavings are a safer, dust, and mould free alternative. Horses Can Eat Their Bedding Some horses are tempted to eat their straw bedding. This problem leads to using more straw bedding than needed, which can be costly. There are many debates about how safe straw is for horses to eat. However, straw is a low-quality forage and if eaten in large quantities, it could impact colic (abdominal pain) which could be life-threatening for horses. On the other hand, shavings are inedible so horses won’t be tempted, they are used for bedding purposes only, and they have significantly lower health risks. Difficult To Muck Out Straw is non-absorbent, which is one of the main purposes of horse bedding. Because it’s lightweight, it’s more difficult to control the dust particles when moved around and put down as bedding. Straw bedding waste is bulky, and rarely odourless. The muck heap tends to be larger, heavier to pick up, and dispose of. For this reason, it’s much easier to muck out shavings than straw. Equine Bedding from P.H. Winterson & Son At P.H....Read Moreabout The Disadvantages of Straw Bedding for Horses
Everyone loves to relax, sleep and dream in comfort and so does your horse! At P.H. Winterton & Sons, we are a family business delivering premium quality equine bedding to our customers for their equine friends. If you’re looking for new bedding, this article is for you. Let’s go through the best types of bedding we offer.. Cheshire Choice Our high-quality Cheshire Choice equine bedding is made to give excellent results. Did you know this is one of the only horse beddings in Staffordshire that is made from 100% soft wood shavings? Allowing extreme comfort for your horse, while at the same time lasting longer than traditional shavings. Their high absorption levels means you save more new bedding when mucking out the stables. This unique bedding has a temperature adjusting ability, keeping your horses warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Perfect to use all year round! We keep you and your horse’s health in mind so our bedding is free from chemicals and dust to prevent allergies, illness and respiratory problems. Economy-Bale Our Economy-Bale equine bedding is our more affordable and economical bedding choice that still provides premium quality results. This is one of the most affordable equine bedding in Staffordshire and is also double dust extracted which means shavings won’t cause unwanted respiratory problems for you or your horses. The shavings are a mixture of both hardwood and softwood, so it’s easy to muck out your stable, they can also be used in combination with rubber mats. Zebra Fibre Our newest addition to the range, our Zebra Fibre animal bedding can be used for both the agricultural and equine industries. It provides comfort, superb absorption levels, and leaves minimal wastage while mucking out. Switching your bedding to Zebra Fibre means happy animals all around! Equine Bedding at P.H. Winterton & Sons We can proudly say that choosing our equine bedding will be the best decision you make for a boost of comfort and happiness for your horses. If your horses are happy, we are certainly happy! For more information on any of our ranges, please get in touch today. ...Read Moreabout What’s The Best Bedding For My Horse?
We have very recently covered why it is important to provide your cows with comfy and sufficient bedding. So, we thought why not do the same for your horses. Let’s look at some of main advantages of high quality horse bedding in Derbyshire. You would make sure that your bedding is clean and comfy wouldn’t you? So why should this be any different for horses? Horses don’t naturally need soft and comfy bedding, however, at PH Winterton being a provider of high quality horse shavings in Staffordshire we argue that ensuring you have adequate equine bedding is of the utmost importance. So we would like to highlight a few reasons why you should pay particular attention to your horse’s sleeping arrangements. Genuine Comfort We start off with arguably the most obvious reason to provide your horses with high quality bedding, for their comfort. Shavings in particular act as a barrier protecting your horse from the cold hard floor when they are lying down. Accompanying this is the fact that your horse is a lot more likely to lie down when they have comfortable and clean bedding available. Encouragement is key in this regard. If your horse has been on their hooves all day they still might lie down to get their recommended shut ye and get their recommended shut eye. This rings especially true if the bedding looks dirty or uncomfortable. As any dedicated horse owner will tell you, you do not want a tired and unhappy horse. Support Whilst Standing Did you also know that horse bedding can support your horse even whilst standing. The support and stable footing they offer to your horse drastically reduces the chances of injuries such as capped hocks or elbows. They also allow your horse ample room to stand up in their stables with slipping over which could result in a twist ankle or horrible injury. Absorbing Moisture One of the primary reasons to install horse shavings for your horse’s bedding. Your horse’s stall can very quickly become a rather damp and wet place. This is especially true during the winter months when the UK can see an over abundance of rain and storms. Luckily, horse shavings can absorb a lot of...Read Moreabout Do You Need Horse Bedding in Derbyshire?
Thoroughbred horses are just one of a wide array of horse breeds that you may own or find yourself looking after. Due to their agility, if you’re a racer, they’re likely to be your most regularly encountered breed. Whether you’re training, preparing for a race or you’ve only just invested in a horse, it’s important to get their stables in order. Here at P.H. Winterton and Sons, we’re huge supporters of horse racers and their upcoming events. Thanks to our renowned status in the equestrian market and sponsorships of the Royal Windsor and Olympia horse shows, we’re a trusted source to buy your thoroughbred shavings from. Cheshire Choice Equine Bedding Cheshire Choice Equine Bedding is our most premium, high quality choice, guaranteed to provide the ultimate comfort to your horse. As one of the only types of horse beddings in Staffordshire that’s made of 100% soft wood shavings, we can provide you with the highest quality without having to travel too far. In a lot of bedding guides, it’s suggested that absorbency is a vital feature to keeping your horse comfortable and clean. With the absorption capabilities of Cheshire Choice, these shavings will give your horse a comfortable night’s sleep and have it raring to go for its next race. It’s ability to adjust temperature will also keep your horse warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer. We are confident in saying that buying Cheshire Choice Equine Bedding is the best decision with regards to the comfort, happiness and health of your animals. We also keep it free from chemicals and dust to prevent any respiratory problems developing in you and your horse. Economy-Bale Equine Bedding If you’re after another option that won’t break the bank, you can’t go wrong with Economy-Bale Equine Bedding. This bedding is also safe for the airwaves of you and your horses thanks to being double dust extracted. This also ensures that it’s hygienic from the start. This option of bedding is made from a combination of soft and hardwood shavings. Therefore, it’s still easy to clean out and can be used alongside rubber mats. New! Zebra Fibre Animal Bedding We are extremely proud to have added Zebra Fibre Animal Bedding to...Read Moreabout Why Buy Thoroughbred Shavings From P.H. Winterton and Son?
Horse bedding in Staffordshire from P. H Winterton and Son is the best way to get your stables ready for the upcoming Boodles May Festival. Our range of horse shavings are guaranteed to give your horses the best night’s rest and can help to maintain their health as you train for race day. About the event Based not far from Staffordshire at the Chester Racecourse, the Boodles May Festival is happening between 8th and 10th May. Built around celebrating the history of racing at Chester and its unique part of the city’s culture – it’s set to be a prestigious meeting not to be missed! The festival begins with the breath-taking curtain raiser of the Lily Agnes Stakes with the Chester Vase and Cheshire Oaks serving up some fantastic on-track action separating the men from the boys. The 188Bet Chester Cup, considered to be one of the leading staying handicaps of the year also takes place; making the Boodles May Festival a great event to test yourself against the best. Lying on the banks of the River Dee the 65 acre Chester racecourse was once a Roman settlement of the city during the Dark Ages. In 1539 the first horse race took place and the rest they say is history, with it becoming one of the most popular courses in the country. Chester Racecourse is referred to by jockeys and horse racing fans as the ‘Roodee’ which originates from the centre of the in-field’s raised mound which is decorated with a small cross known as a ‘rood’. Equine Bedding – Twice the Variety! Here at PH Winterton and Son, we offer two types of horse bedding that will suit your needs and your budget. Cheshire Choice Equine Bedding is our premium variety made from 100% soft wood shavings with excellent absorbency levels plus it adjusts to the seasons, keeps your horses warm in winter and cooler in summer. For a money-saving bedding solution, look no further than our Economy Bale Equine Bedding which is double dust extracted with a mix of hardwood and softwood that make cleaning out stables easier. Order Your Horse Bedding in Staffordshire from PH Winterton and Son P.H Winterton and Son are a family run...Read Moreabout Prepare to Race at the Roodee with Horse Bedding in Staffordshire
Autumn is just around the corner, and that can only mean one thing – colder weather! Every year we try to educate our customers on the importance of making sure your stables have the correct horse bedding in Staffordshire, so that your horses can remain happy in their environment. With so much talk recently as to whether our horses really need to have all these extras to keep them warm, our bedding helps to maintain the perfect temperature for them without creating an environment that’s to warm. At P.H. Winterton, we believe that bedding should be beneficial for both your horse and you, that is why we’re home to some of the best animal bedding solutions on the market! The Best Horse Bedding in Staffordshire There are many reasons as to why we’re known for our horse bedding in Staffordshire, and that is down to the many benefits you can receive! Not only will our bedding keep your stables ideally warm in the cold months, they include a unique dust extraction system to protect the respiratory system of your animals… Made with 100% softwood and shavings, our equine bedding has a high absorption level, therefore maintaining its quality for longer. Current horse bedding in Staffordshire which we are supplying throughout autumn and winter include the Cheshire Choice and Economy bale. Both of these can be ordered in batches of your requirements and are made using the best wood and method – quality is always guaranteed here at P.H. Winterton! Order Your Horse Bedding in Staffordshire Today To make sure that you get your horse bedding in Staffordshire before Autumn begins, call us to order your supplies. We will also be at hand to answer of your questions and advise you on the best option for you. Other areas which can supply to include Derbyshire, Cheshire, and many...Read Moreabout Maintain Warmth in Your Stables with Our Horse Bedding in Staffordshire