Making the Ideal Bed Using Horse Shavings
The best way to create the ideal rest area for your horses is by investing in horse shavings from P.H Winterton and Son.
For our latest blog, we are going to share some essential maintenance tips to keep your horse’s stable clean and safe plus some advice for composting used shavings.
6 Way to Maintain Your Stables
1. Horses need to be removed from their stable if possible while mucking out
2. Droppings also need to be removed as quickly as possible using a shavings fork
3. Shake your fork gently to loosen any clean shavings back onto the surface and avoid waste
4. Loosen the surface of the bed with the shavings fork when you have finished mucking out
5. Every 2-3 days, heap loosened surface shavings into banks at the sides then remove any concentrated areas of wet shavings and pull banks into the main area of the bed
6. Finally, add fresh equine bedding to maintain optimum depth.
How to Compost Used Horse Shavings
P.H Winterton recommends that the simplest and most environmentally friendly way to dispose of used shavings is to compost them and return to the soil. Industry specialists have commissioned scientific studies to confirm that the best conditions for composting horse bedding successfully. Results showed that used shavings plus manure turn them into excellent compost in just a matter of months.
Here are some composting tips –
- Have a rough ratio of 3 parts shavings and one part dung or green matter
- Make sure the heap is on the wet side of damp but ensure it is not waterlogged
- Keep the heap uncovered
- Turn the heap monthly if possible as air is essential
Under these conditions we would predict horse shavings will compost on between 4 and 8 months, depending on the season.
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