How to use Sun-e-bed horse bedding
To start a new bed with Sun-e-bed straw pellet bedding, you will need between six and eight bags, depending on the size of your stable and how deep you like the bed to be.
Simply open the bags with the quick-draw thread and spread evenly over the floor.
There is no need to water Sun-e-bed straw pellets.
The soft straw pellets will gradually break down into a fluffy bedding material. To keep the bed clean, regularly remove droppings and wet patches. Sun-e-bed straw pellets are very absorbent so you’ll find you don’t need to remove much bedding each day. The droppings will remain on top, and any wet patches will form clumps that are easy to find and remove.
Top up the bed as required, to keep a good depth. Depending on how much material you take out each time you muck-out, expect to use one or two bags a week.
There is no need to water the bags you use to top-up the bed. Simply spread the new pellets out, and they will break down gradually within the bed.
How much Sun-e-bed bedding will I need for my horse?
You will need between six and eight bags of Sun-e-bed straw pellets to start a new bed, then one or two bags a week to keep the bed topped-up, depending on how wet your horse is, and how much material you remove each week.
You should expect 60 bags (one pallet) to last six to 12 months for one horse, depending on how many bags you need to use per week.
What should I do if my horse eats Sun-e-bed bedding?
If you are switching from wood pellet bedding to straw pellet bedding, your horse is less likely to be interested in eating Sun-e-bed. However, if your horse is moving from wood shavings, paper, or chopped straw bedding, they may be curious.
Straw is a natural forage and will be digested like any other fibre in the diet, so there is no need to be concerned if they eat some of the pellets. However, should your horse be persistent in eating its bed, and you don’t want them to, you can sprinkle just the top layer of the bed with water to activate the crumble, which will cause the bed to fluff-up. Once the pellets have broken down, horses are less interested in the bedding.
Why is straw more sustainable for horse bedding?
Straw is produced every year, as a natural by-product of grain production. It is the crop stalk that is discarded when wheat, barley, oats, and oilseed rape is harvested for food. Sun-e-bed is made from wheat straw.
Unlike wood shavings and pellets, no trees are involved in the production of Sun-e-bed.
The structure of straw means that it is highly bio-degradable. It rots down quickly to form a nutritious compost that releases nitrogen and other nutrients back into the soil, when it is spread as manure onto fields.
At Sundown Products we source all our straw from local British farmers. This means we have full traceability on every bale that enters our production facility, and by using mainly local suppliers, we keep help to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible.