What are wood pellets for horse bedding?
The Guardian Horse Bedding pellets are made of clean, high heat treated pine shavings. We have developed our unique manufacturing process to create condensed wood shavings suitable for horse bedding use. The material used for Guardian Horse Bedding pellets is screened, vacuumed, dried and compressed into small condensed wood pellets, resulting in highly absorbent (5 times more absorbent than traditional shavings), easy to sift, softwood bedding. All wood pellets are not created equally. Most brands on the market today are simply fuel grade wood pellets packaged in horse bedding bags. We manufacture our pellet to much higher standards to address dust concerns, absorbency and durability. We actually use our "waste" screenings to produce those other pellets for use in other industries. We hope you'll get a chance to experience the difference. We are confident you will choose Guardian Horse Bedding Premium Pine Pellets.
How do the horse bedding pellets work?
Think of the pellets as a super-condensed form of fine shavings. Upon bedding
the stall, the pellets will require fresh water to open or develop
the pellet into the fine shaving particle the horse beds on. This
fine shavings bed is free of allergens, easy to clean, and incredibly
absorbent. Because of the high density of the bedding, it is extremely
comfortable and shock- absorbing.
Do I bed the horse on the hard pellet?
By adding fresh water to our pellets, they are softened into a highly absorbent,
comfortable, dry bedding for your horse. Most other pellet bedding
will instruct you to bed your horse directly on the pellets. This
provides an uncomfortable, unstable footing for you and your horse.
Our soft, dense bedding provides a shock absorbent footing that
is extremely comfortable for the horse.
What makes the pine pellet a better horse bedding?
- It is safe. No risk of contamination from inappropriate woods or foreign materials
from outside sources. Other producers buy wood waste from a variety
of sources. This results in the possibility of contaminants from
hardwoods and other toxins as well as inconsistent quality. The
beautiful white pine used to make Guardian Horse Bedding is closely
controlled from the start to the finished product.
- Cleaner, drier Stalls. The drying process as well as our stronger wood
fiber makes the bedding 3 times more absorbent than traditional
shavings. The urine spot will not spread. It will remain clumped
or contained for easy removal. You will be able to effectively
clean even the wettest stalls without stripping. Fine bedding
allows for easier manure removal. You will not dispose of good
bedding with the manure.
- More Cost Effective. One 40 pound bag of Guardian Horse Bedding is equal to 1½
to 2 traditional shavings bales. You will see a 30 to 50% reduction
in consumption and disposal volume. You will not dispose of good
shavings with your manure because it sifts easily. Your stall
cleaning time will be greatly reduced as well. Compared to shavings,
only half the amount of time is required to clean the stall.
- Easier to use. 40-pound bags allow easier storage and handling. One bag
is the average volume required per stall per week for a horse
in at night and out during the day. Average use is 60 - 70 bags
per horse per year.
How are the Guardian Horse Bedding pine pellets different from other wood pellets used for horse bedding?
Guardian Horse Bedding pellets are better for a number of reasons. Our manufacturing process is exclusive to Guardian
Horse Bedding. Improved methods of dust screening and particle texture
control provide for the most advanced bedding pellet on the market
today. Most of the bedding pellets available today are standard
grade wood pellets. These pellets are simply packaged as bedding
pellets. Through the advancements in our manufacturing process,
we have produced a wood pellet specifically for animal bedding use.
This provides a much cleaner, lower dust bedding than other pellets.
The best wood fiber for horse bedding is white organic pine. The
quality of Guardian Horse Bedding raw material and our abundant
supply ensure horse owners of a consistent, reliable, quality horse
bedding. Additionally, other wood pellet beddings would have you
mix in the wet spot during cleaning. We do not recommend this practice.
Leaving the urine in the stall provides a breeding ground for bacteria
and can be harmful to your horse.
Is this dust free horse bedding?
It is a low dust level bedding. Dust levels are reduced because we have controlled
the particle size and the small dust particles are extracted. The
bedding “settles” when you pick the stall or the horse
moves about, rather than floating or becoming airborne. This is
a wood product. Wood will eventually pulverize over a period of
time. But with proper stall cleaning and replacement, you will find
this product to be one of the lowest dust pine bedding products
Will my horse eat the pellet?
Most horses will immediately recognize that it is wood and will not eat it.
It is wood. It smells and tastes like wood. If you’re concerned
about a “he’ll eat anything” horse be sure the
pellets are completely processed before the horse enters the stall.
(This is done by spraying more water and turning with the manure
fork until the pellets are completely broken down).
How do I store the bags of bedding pellets?
Bear in mind that Guardian Horse Bedding requires less than ½ the storage
space of traditional baled shavings. Additionally, it is packaged
in 40 pound plastic bags. Each 40” x 48” skid is packed with
50 bags standing 4 feet tall and weighing 2000 pounds. They are
covered in a heavy mil plastic tarp, which allows for outside storage.
Skids may be double stacked for space conservation.
How will Guardian Horse Bedding pellets save me money?
It does not take long to realize savings to the horse or stable owner. When
you take into consideration that each 40 pound bag of Guardian Horse
Bedding is equal to 1.5 - 2 bales of traditional shavings, you can
immediately calculate your savings in material costs. Additionally,
you will reduce your labor costs (if applicable) by 30 – 50%.
Bedding is only added every 5 – 7 days as opposed to shavings.
Because the bedding sifts so easy you are only disposing of wet
bedding and manure, your disposal volume will reduce by 30 –
50% as well. All of these benefits translate into a reduction in
stable management expenses. Utilizing the new aeration compost systems,
there is potential income from the high quality compost. Visit Peter Moon at
o2compost.com for more compost information.
How many bags of Guardian Horse Bedding Pellets will I need for my stall size?
A 12 x 12 stall will require approximately 6 bags of bedding for conversion. Fresh
water will be necessary to transform the pellets into the soft,
dry, absorbent bedding your horse will bed on. Once the stall is
converted to Guardian Horse Bedding you should not have to add additional
bedding for about 2 weeks. Thereafter a typical horse will require
1 bag of bedding every 5-7 days. Additional bags of bedding may
be added to adjust the bedding depth to your liking. However, since
the bedding will continue to grow for the first few days after conversion,
as it pulls moisture from the air and ground, it is recommended
to wait to add additional bags until the stall is complete since
deep bedding can be heavy and hard to move around. If your stall
is smaller or larger than 12 x 12 adjust the number of bags used
at start-up accordingly.
How often do I have to strip my stalls?
If you use Guardian Bedding properly you should not have to strip your stall
as the bedding recycles itself through your daily mucking out.
How does the pine pellet bedding stand up during cold winters?
Our premium pine pellet bedding will work in most cold weather situations. We have sold our wood pellets in Northern Ontario, Minnesota and Maine for many winters to happy customers. We do recognize the difficulties some facilities have adding water during extreme winter temperatures. We recommend Guardian Swift Pick Shavings under these circumstances. Swift Pick offers the benefits of the pellet, but eliminates the need for water. It is ready to bed!
Can Guardian Horse Bedding wood pellets be used for other animal bedding or litter?
Yes, Guardian Horse Bedding will provide the same benefit to poultry, cattle, and dairy. It is a great cat litter too! Some small animal species can be sensitive to pine. Consult your veterinarian.
Special note: There could be a risk involved with small animals, ie. puppies ingesting the hard pellet. Please be sure to soften the pellet prior to use if this is a concern in your application. The softened pellet fiber is actually more absorbent and will provide more protection from wetness in cages.
Pine: The Great Debate
There is a debate over whether pine shavings are safe for use under large and
small animals. Remember, not all pine shavings are created equal.
If opponents of using pine have tested pine shavings from a treated
lumber mill, or green lumber, there could be any number of issues to
be concerned about.
Quality Counts: Our Swift Pick Pine Shavings are
planer shavings from high heat kilns where potential allergens are
"baked off" and only the driest edge material is used.
The high heat process the Guardian Pine Pellet goes through
in the pelletizing stage will take this even further. There are many
horses that have reactions to some traditional pine shavings as they
may still contain some of the oils and terpenes that can cause
allergic reactions. Those horses do quite well on our products
because of our high heat treatment.
Here are a couple of links that provide some additional information.