Eliminating Airborne Dust

Racing

Most trainers today recognise the seriousness of the threat dust and spores in the stable pose to their horses’ respiratory health.

Veterinary research has shown increasingly clearly that even minor constrictions in oxygen intake can significantly reduce performance. Studies of racehorses demonstrating sub-par performance in training but showing no symptoms of ill health have indicated that the majority were suffering from respiratory compromise.

Winning or Losing by a Nose

A horse at rest will inhale 4–6 litres of air in every breath.
A galloping horse will need to inhale approximately 30 litres a second.

Defining Airborne Dust

Horses in stables are subject to concentrations of airborne dust up to 50 times higher than outside, and poor bedding is a major source of this dust. Veterinary research has established that the largest size of particle that can become airborne and pass into a horse’s respiratory system is approximately 4 microns. Throughout production of Bedmax shavings we screen out and vacuum-extract all particles smaller than 400 microns.

“The short-term athletic ability and long-term welfare of horses are largely dependent on respiratory health and wellbeing.”

Kentucky Equine Research

Better Ammonia Management

Better Ammonia Management

Ammonia is created by the bacterial breakdown of urea in urine in bedding. This creates a heavy gas with a distinctively pungent...

Better Hoofcare

Better Hoofcare

For horses that spend more than 80% of their time on their feet in their stables, the quality of the bedding can have a major...

Better Hygiene & Biosecurity

Better Hygiene & Biosecurity

Maintaining the highest levels of hygiene in a racing yard is a critical priority, and the way we make Bedmax shavings is...