Quit Throwing Your Money Into The Manure Pile!
Reduce Your Bedding
Consumption and Disposal
By Up To 50% Over Traditional Flake
Shavings and Straw
with Guardian Horse Bedding!
Finding a good farrier, good hay, good horse bedding and reducing your barn costs
are at the top of the list. While we may not find you a good farrier,
we can provide top quality animal bedding and reduce your barn costs
on both sides of the horse bedding coin. Because you use so much
less horse bedding when using Guardian Horse Bedding pellets or
Swift Pick Pine Shavings, you can reduce your bedding costs by up to
50% over traditional flake shavings or straw. Additionally, we will
reduce your manure pile disposal by up to 50% as well. Whether you
pay for manure removal or pay someone to spread it on your fields,
with a disposal reduction of 30—50% you will save even more!
Guardian Horse Bedding is specifically manufactured to reduce your
bedding consumption and manure pile disposal. With many counties and
states having passed or proposed legislation to reduce manure waste
disposal, this issue is in the forefront of the concerns shared by
horse facility owners. Some of these proposals require reduction of
disposal or herd within a period of a few years. None of us want to
reduce our herd to satisfy government regulations, so let’s reduce
The siftable particle of Guardian horse bedding products combined
with the highly absorbent pine fiber together perform to reduce the
manure pile as well as your bedding consumption. You will
immediately see the change when you clean your first stall. Guardian
Horse Bedding will sift so easily, you will not throw good bedding
away with the manure. The urine will be absorbed quickly and will
waste much less bedding. The wet spot will actually clump or pancake
much like a kitty litter. This means additional savings.
The manure pile will compost more efficiently as well. Well default to the
experts to explain this benefit. Please visit
our friends at Price Moon for more details.
While we can’t provide a good hay source either (although many of our quality
dealers throughout the country can), the space saving bag of the
Guardian Pine Pellet will leave more room for hay in the barn.
Guardian Horse Bedding: Protecting Horse,
Human, and The Environment,
One Barn At A Time.
The following are excerpts from data posted by Peter Moon on www.o2compost.com
Regarding using pellet bedding
Based on my observations, I believe that you will see a 40 to 60%
reduction in the volume of waste materials generated and a similar
reduction in the time required for this daily task. Many people
initially object to the cost of the pellets when compared to shavings.
However, do consider all of the factors involved, including fresh
material storage, bedding installation, mucking, and handling and/or
disposal of the manure and spent bedding. I fully anticipate that you
will see significant savings with wood pellets when all of these
factors are considered.
AND … you will be producing a waste (i.e., resource) material that is
ideal for aerated composting.
I do a considerable amount of work with Washington State University,
which is keenly interested in the fate of horse manure in urbanized
areas, potential impacts to surface and ground water, and benefits to
the soil when these materials are composted and used as amendments for
both food and ornamental crops. WSU recently completed a series of
laboratory tests involving raw and composted horse manure for
situations involving both wood pellets and wood shavings. The results
of this investigation are summarized in the following table:
In the case of wood pellets / manure mix, the Carbon to Nitrogen ratio
(C:N) of the finished product is below 20:1, and as such the nutrients
contained in the compost will be released to the soils and plants. In
the case of shavings / manure mix, the C:N is nearly 70:1, and in this
case nutrients will be drawn from the soil to continue the
decomposition of the wood fraction. This is clearly disadvantageous in
It should be noted that in both cases the compost tested was produced
using the aerated status pile method, which induces air flow through
the mix of materials to maintain aerobic conditions throughout the
pile and enhance microbial activity. By maintaining aerobic
conditions, odors were controlled, pathogens and weed seed were
destroyed, and the composting process was expedited. In both cases,
the material was handled just twice: the first time to place the waste
into the aerated bin or bay, and the second time to remove it again
and load it out for final use.
Wood Pellets and Composting
It is important to understand that the materials going
into the compost pile predetermine the quality of the compost that
comes out of the pile. Horse manure alone (i.e., no bedding) makes
excellent compost, increases soil health and moisture holding
capacity, and stimulates plant growth. Horse manure has the correct
Carbon to Nitrogen balance (C:N), moisture content and bulk density
In the case of horse manure mixed with shavings, the
initial compost mix has a very high percentage of carbon based bedding
material and this results in high carbon compost. This often results
in nitrogen “fixing” in the soil, which can be detrimental to plant
growth. For this reason, high carbon compost is often used as a mulch
(i.e., top dressing) and generally has a lower market value. Also, the
lignin in the wood is very resistant to decomposition, leading to the
expression, “Shavings In – Shavings Out”.
With horse manure and wood pellet bedding, there is a significant
reduction in volume of wood mixed in with the manure and therefore it
is much closer to the ideal C:N ratio. In addition, the wood particles
that are in the waste are fine textured (i.e., have a very high
surface area), thereby exposing more of the wood surface to the
microbial (bacterial and fungal) activity. As a result, the rate of
composting increases dramatically and the finished product quality is
far superior to that of shavings-based compost.