Bedmax is starting the New Year with a month-long campaign to highlight the health issues that threaten the wellbeing and even the lives of the nearly 1 million horses we care for in the UK.
January is the midwinter month when horses in the UK spend the longest periods in their stables, and for the great majority of horses and owners, the biggest health threats are lurking in the supposed safe haven of the stable. We are kicking off our Equine Health Month with our 14th national Bedmax Equine Health Survey.
Since we started researching how to make the best of healthy beddings 25 years ago, we’ve collected feedback from tens of thousands of owners who have responded to our regular Equine Health Surveys. Every single survey has confirmed what leading equine vets have also consistently told us – that the single biggest health problem suffered by horses in the UK is respiratory disease. The biggest cause of equine respiratory disease is airborne dust in the stable, and the biggest source of this dust is poor quality bedding.
Our surveys have also confirmed that, during the winter months, over 80% of horses in the UK spend at least 12 hours out of every 24 in their stables, so the quality of the stable environment has a huge impact on their health and wellbeing.
That’s why we have invested so much time and money right from the start to make our shavings the lowest dust bedding on the market, and to spread the message that this is fundamental to every horse’s health and wellbeing.
We also make our beddings to a very particular specification to help with hoof health, for example, and we use mostly pine to make our shavings for its unique antibacterial capacity to kill off the most common and harmful bacteria in the stable like E. Coli and E. Faecium.
You can read more about the power of healthy bedding and good bedding management to help protect your horse from disease in the stable on our website, and you can take part in the survey and follow our Equine Health Month campaign via Facebook and Instagram through the first few weeks of 2023.