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Spring Clean

The Big Spring Clean

Why is it a good idea to spring clean your stables ?

There are several good reasons why it’s a good idea to spring clean your stables and barn:

Health and hygiene: A clean stable and barn can help prevent the spread of diseases and infections among your horses and other animals. Dust, dirt, and debris can also cause respiratory problems and other health issues for animals and humans alike.

Pest control: A clean barn is less attractive to pests like rodents and insects, which can cause damage to your property and pose health risks to your animals.

Safety: A cluttered barn can create a hazard for both humans and animals. Loose equipment, tools, and debris can cause injuries, and fire hazards can also arise if flammable materials are left lying around.

Improved efficiency: A well-organized barn and stable can make it easier and quicker to care for your animals, saving you time and energy in the long run.

Aesthetics: A clean and tidy barn and stable can also improve the overall appearance of your property, making it more enjoyable for you and your visitors.

Overall, spring cleaning your stables and barn is a good investment in the health and safety of your animals and the efficiency and appearance of your property. And it makes you feel a sense of achievement with a job well done!

Stable Block

Stable Block

What products are good for deep cleaning stables?

There are several products that can be used for deep cleaning stables. Here are a few options:

Disinfectants: Disinfectants are important for killing bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that can be harmful to your animals. Examples of disinfectants commonly used in stables include bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and quaternary ammonium compounds.

Jeyes Fluid

Jeyes Fluid

All-purpose cleaners: All-purpose cleaners are versatile and can be used for a variety of cleaning tasks, including removing dirt and grime from walls, floors, and equipment. Examples of all-purpose cleaners include Simple Green and Pine-Sol.

Degreasers: Degreasers are specifically designed to cut through grease and oil, making them useful for cleaning machinery and equipment in the barn. Examples of degreasers include Purple Power and Zep Heavy-Duty Citrus Degreaser.

Pressure washers: Pressure washers can be used to blast away dirt and grime from floors, walls, and equipment. They are especially useful for cleaning concrete floors and outdoor areas around the barn.

When choosing cleaning products for your stables, it’s important to read the labels carefully and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use. Some products may be harmful to animals or the environment if used incorrectly, so always take appropriate precautions and use protective gear, such as gloves and masks, when necessary.

What is the best way to spring clean?

Spring cleaning can be a daunting task, but with some planning and organization, it can be done efficiently and effectively. Here are some tips for the best way to spring clean:

Make a plan: Start by making a list of all the areas that need to be cleaned, and prioritize them based on their importance. Break down each area into smaller tasks so that the cleaning can be done in manageable chunks.

Declutter: Before you start cleaning, go through your belongings and get rid of anything that you no longer need or use. This will make the cleaning process easier and more efficient.

Gather supplies: Make sure you have all the supplies you need before you start cleaning. This includes cleaning products, gloves, masks, sponges, scrub brushes, and trash bags.

Work from top to bottom: Start by cleaning the highest surfaces first, such as ceiling fans and light fixtures, and work your way down to the floors. This will help prevent dirt and dust from settling on clean surfaces.

Clean one area at a time: Focus on cleaning one area at a time, and don’t move on to the next area until the first one is completely clean.

Take breaks: Spring cleaning can be tiring and overwhelming, so take breaks when you need them. Drink plenty of water and give yourself time to rest and recharge.

Don’t forget the details: Pay attention to the details, such as cleaning light switches, doorknobs, kick bolts and other frequently touched surfaces. These areas can harbor germs and bacteria.

Remember, spring cleaning doesn’t have to be done all at once. You can spread the tasks out over several days or even weeks, depending on your schedule and energy level. The most important thing is to stay organized, focused, and motivated.

 

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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 caroline@s4bed.co.uk 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…

https://www.bhs.org.uk/horse-care-and-welfare/health-care-management/seasonal-care/winter-care/

Feeling Hot Hot Hot

With the weather set to soar over the next few days keep an eye on your pets! it goes without saying that you should never leave your dog in the car.  But try to walk them early in the morning or late in the evening avoiding the heat of the day, and it won’t harm your dog to miss one walk. The same goes for your caged animals, keep their water topped up and keep their enclosures in the shade.

  • Always have a fresh water supply available to your animal
  • Avoid taking them out for activities (walks/ rides)  in the middle of the day, go early morning or in the cooler evening
  • Keep them in the shade, this might be in the house/ in a shelter  out of direct sunlight or well ventilated stable
  • Watch out for signs of dehydration or heat stroke and call a vet if you are worried
  • For horses with pink noses applying suncream can help avoid sunburn
  • With horses putting on fly repellent can keep them happier

Watch out for signs of dehydration:

  • Dark urine
  • Reduced urine output
  • Reduced amount of poos
  • Lethargy
  • Dull Eyes
  • Gums become darker rather than a healthy pink

The horse flies have started to come out in their droves so if you can keep your horses cool in their field shelters or in cooler stables out of the midday heat then it will give them some relief.  There is some good advice out there on top tips for keeping your pets cool from various organisations such as the RSPCA and BHS to mention a few.

KIND ON YOUR ANIMALS - KIND ON THE ENVIRONMENT