Success Starts in the Stable


Helping Trainers to Mitigate Risk

Minimising contamination by Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances…

Bedmax has become the first equine bedding company to achieve NOPS accreditation, under a new scheme launched by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) in January 2021.

Compliance with the new BETA NOPS Bedding code gives trainers, owners and racecourses industry standard verification that the risk of contamination by naturally occurring prohibited substances has been proactively minimised in the production of any of our equine bedding products: Bedmax and Littlemax shavings, and our new Strawmax straw pellet bedding.

In Racing, Every Detail Matters…

No other form of equestrian competition tests the health and fitness of horses to the same degree as racing.

Only on the racecourse can small details of a horse’s health make such a big difference to the results, and attention to these details has always been an essential factor in successful training. Most horses in training spend the great majority of their time in their stables. So every aspect of the quality of their stable environment is crucial to their health, wellbeing, fitness and performance – including their bedding.

We began making Bedmax shavings in 2000 in response to demand from leading racing trainers in the UK for a natural bedding alternative to straw, with the lowest possible levels of airborne dust.

This is still our top priority, but we make our shavings to a specification that helps trainers all over the world safeguard their horses not just against dust, but against all the stable health threats that can compromise their ability to perform at their best.

Making Bedding Better

Respiratory Health
Hoof health and strength
Hygiene & Biosecurity
Support & Protection
Ammonia Supression
Sleep & Recovery
‘No Hoof, No Horse’

‘No Hoof, No Horse’

There are six major health risks which affect stabled horses and one of these includes hoof care.  With more horses in the UK spending a...

Better Bedding Structure

Better Bedding Structure

Every bag of Bedmax contains a consistent combination of our uniquely larger shavings and medium and small shavings. This combination of...

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 smell...

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 impact on...

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 designed to help...

Eliminating Airborne Dust

Eliminating Airborne Dust

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

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Beating the Health Risks

Bedmax Shavings are made to a unique formula to offer you a combination of benefits that help you combat the big risks that threaten your horse’s health and wellbeing in the stable.

Dust & Spores

Airborne dust and spores in bedding is a major cause of respiratory disease. Bedmax shavings are screened and vacuum extracted to eliminate these respirable particles.


Our robust shavings give resilient support, particularly under the frog, and they are dried to a controlled moisture level to prevent hooves from drying out and cracking.


Hygiene in the stable is critical in the battle against infection. Bedmax shavings are made mostly from naturally antibacterial Scots pine, and they’re dried at sterilising temperatures.


Hocks are particularly vulnerable to knocks when horses lie down or roll in the stable. Our larger shavings form a deep, resilient and secure bed that helps cushion joints from injury.


Ammonia can cause respiratory problems and attack the structure of the hoof. Our larger pine shavings help suppress ammonia and minimise contact with hooves and noses.


Horses in stables need to be able to lie down to achieve deep REM sleep. A comfortable, clean, natural bed enables horses to lie down and rest properly and safely.

How we make Bedmax

Purpose made from selected, renewable UK forestry timber. At least 50% of shavings in every bag are Scots Pine.

Precision cutting blades are set to produce around 35% of larger than average shavings.

Dried at sterilising temperatures to a controlled optimum moisture content.

Shards and splinters are screened out in a Bedmax designed ‘star’ screening process.

Dust and small particles under 400 microns are screened out and compacted into Hotmax heat logs.

Clean shavings are vacuum packed in recyclable plastic bags.

40 bags per pallet are stacked and shrink wrapped for road transport to trainers in the UK and around the world.

People who Understand Racing

Tim Smalley

Bedmax Founder & Managing Director

Tim has been involved with horses and particularly with thoroughbreds all his life. He comes from a family with long racing connections, including an aunt who bred a series of useful steeplechasers. Tim has hunted all his life, ridden in Point-to-Points, and still owns the last of the Canny Danny line.

In 1998 he began researching the possibilities of making a natural, dust free bedding to help eliminate dust and spores from the stable. Bedmax Shavings started production in 2000 and have gone from strength to strength and is used widely around the racing world.

Brent Adamson

Bedmax International Sales Manager

Brent has also been involved with thoroughbreds and racing all his life. He rode professionally as a National Hunt jockey for six years and has worked in the equestrian feed industry for over 20 years.

Between 2000 and 2015 Brent was Thoroughbred & Racing Equine Manager for Dodson & Horrell.

Well known and respected in the racing industry for his comprehensive understanding of the challenges of training racehorses, he now adds his wide-ranging experience and expertise to our commitment to supporting trainers throughout the world.

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Bedmax Bedding Products

Bedmax bedding products are purpose made to provide an ideal bedding for horses and ponies. They are made at three dedicated production plants in the UK, from fresh timber sourced from renewable UK forestry. Bedmax bedding has been developed to offer owners a natural bedding that would help address the issues that threaten the health and welfare of horses in stables.


Our large flake dust extracted pine shavings


All the benefits of Bedmax in a lighter form


A healthy, absorbent and economical bedding option


The ideal bedding for many other animals, large and small


A healthy and hygienic litter with unbeatable benefits


The sustainable alternative to logs for winter and summer