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Customer Feedback

Customer Feedback

We thrive on feedback (of all types). As a family-owned and operated business, it is important to us to know that not only is our bedding of good quality but that it is fit for purpose, easy to work with and reduces environmental impact as well as being easily stackable and comfortable for the animals who ultimately spend their time on it.

Being animal owners ourselves, we thoroughly appreciate having animals can be hard work, particularly when the weather takes on extremes of temperature, and endless bouts of rain does its hardest to dampen even the most positive of spirits.

In essence, we understand that you just want a bedding product that is not only cost-effective but absorbent, easy to handle and lay, and reduces the time required to shovel, skip, fork, sift, and clear out, saving you time, your back, and your money too!

We hope that each of your interactions with us from your initial enquiry, through the payment and delivery process, you have the best customer service experience possible. We always endeavour to deliver your order in a timely fashion, with the minimum fuss and our drivers are happy to assist with stacking your bales for you.

Keen to gauge how we are doing, we recently sent out an anonymous survey of our S4Bed customers! We are very humbled and flattered by the responses we have had.


Here are just a few of the comments we have received:

“Brilliant Service very accommodating at the Office! Excellent”

“We think the bedding is great value and easy to muck out, and we have noticed a massive difference in how much longer our muck trailer lasts 100% recommend this product”
“The team are helpful, quick responding, delivery on time and very helpful driver.”

“This product has solved all our bedding issues requirements for sheep, goats, chickens, horses, rabbits and ferrets.”

“Fantastic product, use for all my horses, great service and such great staff.”

“Always excellent service from ordering to delivery and love supporting a smaller business rather than a big supplier. Much more personal service. Oh and Lee is definitely the best driver…did I mention that lol!”

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey, we very much value your custom, and look forward to continuing to work with you. If you are new to us give us a call on 01342 659100 to find out more about S4Bed and how it might work for you and your animal(s).

Alpaca Society Event Success

Alpaca Society Event Success


S4Bed were once again delighted to have been chosen as the preferred bedding supplier for the recent British Alpaca Society Show at Spring Live 2023 held at the South of England Showground Ardingly.

The event was well attended by visitors and exhibitors alike with some beautifully bred Alpacas  on show. We wanted to delve a bit deeper into this special type of animal – The Awesome Alpaca.


Alpacas are a type of South American camelid, related to llamas, vicuñas, and guanacos. They are domesticated animals and have been raised for their wool, meat, and as pack animals for thousands of years. Here are some reasons why alpacas are considered special:

Soft and Warm Wool: Alpacas produce one of the finest and softest natural fibers in the world, which is warmer and more water-resistant than sheep’s wool. The fibers come in 22 natural colors and over 300 shades, making them versatile for use in textiles and fashion.

Easy to Raise: Alpacas are easy to care for, require minimal space, and are gentle and docile animals that do not require much training. They are also environmentally friendly, as they have a low impact on the land and are efficient converters of grass into fiber and meat.

Friendly and Intelligent: Alpacas are known for their curious and social behavior. They are intelligent animals that can recognize their owners, follow voice commands, and even make facial expressions to communicate their mood.

Therapeutic Value: Alpacas have been used in therapy programs for children with special needs and veterans suffering from PTSD. Their calm and gentle nature can help reduce stress and anxiety and promote relaxation and healing.

Overall, alpacas are unique animals with a combination of desirable traits that make them special and valuable to their owners and society.

Cardboard bedding is a great choice for Alpacas as it is not only dust extracted but also very absorbent and comfortable for them to lie on. As well as it being a cost-effective and versatile solution for owners of all types of animals.

If you would like to know more about S4Bed or to place an order call us on 01342659100


Why Choose Recycled Cardboard Bedding

Why choose recycled cardboard bedding?

Cardboard bedding is a good choice for animal bedding because it is absorbent, inexpensive, biodegradable, comfortable and safe.

Horse laying on S4Bed

Horse laying down on S4Bed

What are the benefits of recycled cardboard bedding for animals over traditional bedding choices?

Cardboard bedding offers several benefits over traditional choices of bedding such as straw and wood shavings:

1. Absorbency: Cardboard is more absorbent than straw or wood shavings, making it better at controlling odors and keeping the animal’s living area clean and dry.

2. Cost: Cardboard is often less expensive than other types of bedding, making it a cost-effective option for pet owners and breeders.

3. Biodegradable: Cardboard is made from paper pulp, which is a renewable resource and biodegradable, reducing its impact on the environment compared to other types of bedding.

4. Softness: Cardboard provides a soft, cushioned surface for animals to rest on, making it more comfortable than bedding options such as straw or wood shavings.

5. Safety: Cardboard does not contain any harmful chemicals or dyes, making it a safe choice for animals, especially those with allergies or sensitive skin.

6. Convenience: Cardboard can be easily obtained and disposed of, making it a convenient choice for bedding.


How long does cardboard bedding take to compost?

The time it takes for cardboard bedding to compost depends on various factors, such as the type of composting process being used, the size of the cardboard pieces, and environmental conditions such as temperature and moisture.

In a compost bin or pile, it can take anywhere from several weeks to several months for the cardboard to break down completely into compost. The process can be accelerated by regularly turning the compost pile and maintaining the proper balance of moisture and air.

If the cardboard is shredded or chopped into smaller pieces, it will break down faster. In industrial composting facilities, where conditions are optimized for rapid decomposition, the cardboard bedding can be fully composted in as little as a few days.


In summary, while traditional bedding options like straw, wood shavings or others can be effective, cardboard bedding provides a good balance of absorbency, cost-effectiveness, environmental impact, comfort, safety, and convenience.

If you would like more information about S4Bed for your horse or small animals call us on 01342 659100


Cardboard Bedding for Horses with COPD

Why is shredded cardboard bedding a good choice for horses with COPD?


Shredded cardboard bedding is a good choice for horses with COPD because it is a dust-free alternative to other types of bedding, such as straw or shavings. Dust can irritate the respiratory system of horses with COPD, making it more difficult for them to breathe. Shredded cardboard is also absorbent, which helps to keep the stable dry and clean. Additionally, it is biodegradable and easy to dispose of, making it a sustainable option.


How can using dust-extracted cardboard bedding help a horse with COPD?

Horses with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as heaves, can benefit from using dust-extracted cardboard bedding. COPD is a respiratory condition characterized by inflammation and constriction of the airways, making it difficult for the horse to breathe. Dust and other irritants in the horse’s environment can exacerbate symptoms.

Dust-extracted cardboard bedding is processed to remove the dust and other fine particles that can irritate the respiratory system. This means that the bedding is less likely to trigger an episode of coughing or wheezing in a horse with COPD. Using dust-extracted cardboard bedding can help to reduce the amount of irritants in the horse’s environment and provide a cleaner, safer sleeping area.

It’s important to note that COPD is a chronic condition and requires management to improve the horse’s quality of life. Using dust-extracted cardboard bedding is a part of an overall management plan that should include other strategies such as proper stall ventilation, avoiding exposure to irritants like mould and pollen, and working with a veterinarian to develop an appropriate treatment plan.


Will shredded cardboard bedding make my horse’s bed less wet?


Shredded cardboard bedding can help to keep your horse’s bed less wet by absorbing moisture, but it may not completely eliminate wetness. The absorbency of the bedding depends on the quality of the cardboard and how frequently the bedding is changed.

It’s important to note that the bedding should be changed frequently enough to keep the stable clean and dry, and the horse should have access to a dry area to lie down. If the bedding is too wet, it can create an ideal environment for bacteria and fungus to grow which can lead to respiratory issues and other health problems.

Additionally, It’s important to keep in mind that the stable should have proper drainage, and adequate ventilation to avoid excess moisture. Also, it’s important to keep an eye on the horse’s urination and defecation habits and adjust the amount of bedding accordingly.

Overall, shredded cardboard bedding can be a good option for absorbency, but it’s important to keep the bedding dry and the stall well-ventilated to ensure the horse’s comfort and health.


How many 20KG bales of Shredded cardboard bedding will be needed to make a bed in a 12 x 12 stable?

The amount of shredded cardboard bedding needed to make a bed in a 12 x 12 stable will depend on how deep you want the bed to be and how frequently you plan to change the bedding.

As a rough estimate, assuming a depth of 6 inches (15 cm) and a weekly change of the bedding, around 2-3 20KG bales of shredded cardboard bedding will be needed for a 12 x 12 stable.

It’s important to keep in mind that this is just an estimate, and the actual amount of bedding needed may vary depending on factors such as the horse’s urination and defecation habits and the absorbency of the bedding you are using. It’s always recommended to monitor the bedding situation and adjust the amount as needed.

Also, if you are using the bedding for animals other than horses, the amount of bedding may vary as well.


How long does it take for Shredded cardboard bedding to decompose?

The decomposition time of shredded cardboard bedding can vary depending on the specific conditions it is in, such as temperature, humidity, and the presence of microorganisms.

In general, shredded cardboard bedding can take anywhere from several months to a few years to decompose. Under ideal conditions, where the bedding is exposed to high temperatures, moisture, and microorganisms, it can break down relatively quickly. However, in less favorable conditions, such as in a landfill, it may take much longer to decompose.

It’s important to keep in mind that the decomposition of the bedding is not only influenced by the environment, but also by the treatment the cardboard has received before being shredded, such as the ink and glue used, as well as the size of the pieces. These factors can affect the microorganisms that break down the bedding and how quickly it will decompose.

Overall, shredded cardboard bedding is a relatively sustainable option, but it’s still important to consider how and where the bedding will be disposed of.


Cardboard bedding over wood shavings?


Shredded cardboard can be a more cost-effective and eco-friendly option for horse bedding compared to wood shavings. It is often made from recycled materials and can be composted after use. Cardboard also has a lower carbon footprint than wood shavings as it doesn’t require cutting down trees. Additionally, it is more absorbent and can help keep the stable drier, reducing the risk of respiratory issues for the horse. However, it may not last as long as wood shavings and may need to be changed more frequently. It also may not have the same pleasant scent as wood shavings.


How easy to use is cardboard bedding?


Shredded cardboard horse bedding is relatively easy to use and maintain. It is sold in compressed, dust-extracted bales, which can be opened and fluffed up to create a soft, absorbent bedding for horses. It can be spread evenly in the stable and topped off as needed.

Some users report that it is more absorbent than wood shavings and helps keep the stable drier, which can reduce the risk of respiratory issues for the horse.

One of the benefits of using cardboard as bedding is that it is biodegradable and can be composted after use, making it an eco-friendly option. It is also cost-effective as it is made from recycled materials.


Find out more about the benefits of S4Bed recycled cardboard animal bedding email or call us on 01342 659100

Equine Winter Stable Management

To leave Out or Bring In? … That is the Question

The last few days have seen a significant drop in temperatures.  We have had an increase in calls for cardboard bedding as ‘the big bring-in’ has started, and the rush before Christmas is in full flow. The cardboard bedding we produce is dust extracted.  The construction of the cardboard makes beds both absorbent and warm by trapping the warm air near the surface keeping the horses simultaneously off the floor and warm when stabled.

Horse laying on S4Bed

Horse laying down on S4Bed – Great Thermal Properties

The fact that it is dust extracted helps to ease the symptoms of conditions such as coughs and COPD, which often become worse when stabled. Obviously if a horse suffers from such conditions, they are often better kept out at grass, but if that is not possible cardboard bedding has shown to be one of the best solutions.


Horse hoofAnother benefit of cardboard is that it’s ideal for a horse that eats its bedding – it’s safe to say it’s not attractive or palatable to horses, so the risk of eating it and subsequent illness is minimal. It’s also shown to be a good alternative to straw for those horses prone to feather mites.


Many vet practices use cardboard bedding in their stables these days due to the properties mentioned above, so it is also a good choice for horses convalescing after surgery, illness or injury.



Easy to work with bedding…

As equestrians, we understand how busy lives can get organising your horses’ routines around work and other life commitments.  So, having a choice of bedding that is easy and quick to muck out is essential, especially in the dim light of the winter mornings and dark evenings.

Alongside your choice of bedding it’s important to supply or check:
  • Ample forage – horses might need more forage to keep their energy levels up and to avoid weight loss
  • Fresh water supply – checking buckets twice daily to avoid freezing
  • Rugging according to weather, temperature and horse condition
  • Avoid turning out those at risk of laminitis in frosty conditions due to high sugar content of grass but also be wary of colic
  • Watch out for symptoms of mud fever and rain scald in these boggy, wet conditions
  • Any changes in routine can affect horses so gradual changes from 24/7 turnout to stabling at night should be done over a period of time to avoid colic and other issues

If you would like to find out more about how S4Bed Recycled Cardboard Animal Bedding could be a good choice for your horse, pony or indeed small animal then why not give us a call on 01342 659100 and we will be happy to discuss your requirements with you.



More information about winter regimes and horse care can be found via the British Horse Society website…

Grinny Pig

We met up with one of lovely our customers, Lorraine Cousillas, Owner of Stirrups Equestrian Supplies in East Grinstead, and her positively adorable boar guinea pig Rubin who will be turning three in November. He is one of the most well-handled, well-loved, and well-behaved indoor guinea pigs we have had the pleasure of meeting. Lorraine has been using S4Bed in Rubins beds for nearly six months, so has had plenty of time to test out the bedding with Rubin and to give us their honest feedback.

Lorraine had previously been using another type of bedding, but found it to be more costly and less absorbent than S4Bed. She commented” I have found S4Bed easy to use, quick to clean out, and the bedding looks fresh all the time, and definitely better than using shavings of sawdust which so many people use, but which could get into his eyes and make them sore”

  • Dust extracted
  • Non-allergenic (for pet and owner!)
  • Easy to use
  • No smell
  • looks good
  • Absorbent
  • One 20kg bag lasts ages
  • Environmentally friendly

She continued “I love S4Bed because I have allergies myself so the fact that it is dust extracted means I have no issues or flare-ups using it. There are no ammonia spots and it simply doesn’t smell, unlike any other bedding. I’m a complete convert and I would 100% recommend S4Bed bedding to other people with small animals like guinea pigs, rats, mice, degus and tortoise amongst many others”