We offer high quality 100% pine wood pellets for horse bedding. Wood pellets are far easier to transport and store compared to traditional horse bedding. When water comes in contact with the pellets, they expand and revert back to sawdust.
Benefits of Wood Pellet Horse Bedding
Wood pellet horse bedding offers numerous advantages over wood shaving horse bedding:
- Healthy horses: Wood pellet horse bedding produces minimal airborne dust and odors, minimizing risk of bedding-induced respiratory problems.
- Cleaner horses: Wood pellet horse bedding does not stick to horses’ hair.
- Easier cleaning: Wood pellets reduce volume of manure-soiled and urine-soaked bedding.
- Economical transport and storage: Wood pellets are more compact and absorptive than wood shavings.
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For best performance, the bedding should not be disturbed any more than necessary, as the control of wet and odor depends on the bed remaining in place.
On a daily basis remove solids. When doing so, be sure to shake the fork lightly, any bedding picked up with the manure will drop back on to the bed – so less waste. Damp patches on the surface of the bed should be spread out across the top of the bed with the back of the shavings fork and mixed with dry bedding. If there are any saturated patches on the surface, they should be very localized; carefully dig them out without removing any dry material.
Once removed, level the bed by filling in with any remaining pellets and dry bedding material from the rest of the bed.
For clean horses – once a week, scatter one bag of pellets over the bed. This should be added dry without adding any further water.
For wetter horses – twice a week, scatter half a bag of pellets over the bed, adding no water. For a very wet horse, or if the horse is in the stable for extended periods, add half a bag 3 to 4 times per week. Add the new bedding to the wettest part of the bed.
Avoid turning over or mixing the bed too much, except when mixing dry pellets into a wet area. Michigan Timber wood pellets will absorb ammonia, which is good for healthy hooves and will keep the stable smelling sweet.
The Michigan Timber Advantage
- Heavy work cleaning stables is a thing of the past.
- Maintenance reduced to daily removing of solids and occasional removal of wet spots.
- The volume needed to set up a bed is significantly less than is required of shavings.
- Enough bedding to start 8 beds on just one pallet.
- One bag per week or less is all that is needed to maintain a bed.
- Less than one pallet per horse per year.
- The raw material goes through an extensive screening and de-dusting process.
- Pellets are made 100% of small dense wood flakes.
- Bed will not be kicked up or blown in a breeze.
- The result is absolutely no dust.
- Helps prevent COPD; benefits horses suffering from the condition and improves aerobic fitness.
Eliminates Ammonia & Odor
- Our pellets absorb four times its weight in liquid.
- Absorbs wetness and ammonia immediately.
- Reduces the risk of hoof thrush.
- Gives your stables a fresh, natural pine smell.
- Separates from manure and remains in the stable when cleaning out.
- Longer lasting than traditional bedding with a significant reduction in waste.
- Pellets break down into small flakes & are ready to go straight from your stable to agricultural fields unlike large shavings which can take up to a year or more to break down.
Cleaner, Drier, Healthier Stables
- The tremendous absorbing power traps urine and ammonia on contact resulting in a drier stable.
- Using our pellets provides a healthier environment for your horses and foals effectively and economically.
About Michigan Timber
Michigan Timber bedding is made from untreated virgin 100% pine wood flakes, a by-product of the timber industry.
The flakes are screened to a 1/8″ particle size, dust extracted in a cyclone then treated with steam.
The flakes are then pressed into pellets under high temperature and pressure, reducing the moisture content to less than 4%. These pellets are then screened and de-dusted twice more and then finally vacuumed before packing.
In its dry state the 40lb bags of bedding are easy to handle. Re-hydrated the bedding has a full fluffy texture but which is firm enough to support the horse and will not compact down with use.
Michigan Timber bedding is made to strict quality standards resulting in a consistent product.
How to use
Michigan Timber bedding is made from wood flakes with most of the water extracted. It has a very high capacity for absorption, but just as you need to dampen a dry cloth before you wipe up a spill, pellets need to be re-hydrated to maximize its rate of absorption.
For a half bed in a 12ft by 12ft stable you will need eight bags of pellets. For a larger stable or larger bed use one bag per square yard. The minimum depth of bedding you should aim for is 4”- 5′. To create banks add further bags – at least one per wall.
To set up the initial bed, lay the bags out evenly across the stable floor where you want the bed to be, leaving roughly equal gaps between the bags, the front of the bed and the walls.
Cut an opening in each bag. Starting at the back of the stable, add 2 gallons of water to each bag. After about 10 minutes all the water should be absorbed, so return to the first bag you added water to and tip its contents out onto the floor. Repeat with the remaining bags.
With a rake, or fine-tined shavings fork, spread the bedding out evenly and make up any banks.
The bedding will now have a soft, fluffy texture but some pellets may still be visible. This is normal, as the remaining pellets will break down over the next 5 to 10 days, depending how wet the horse is.