Other Notables You Should Know!
How to use PrimeBed.
Start with a clean stall or blend with your existing clean bedding, aim to cover at least half the total area to a depth of 6 to 8 inches, or preferably 5 to 7 inches for the whole area, spread and level the surface. For a standard 12' X 12' box stall expect to start with 6 or 7 bags, for a 10 X 10 Stall, start with 5 or 6 bags. After first application the bed will feel spongy under foot, this is only the Shives settling in, and should not be confused as being slippery, the bed will continue to settle and establish itself for a few days. (Optional Procedure) If the stall has been cleaned of all previous bedding, dampen the floor surface prior to spreading, or give the new bed a light sprinkle with a water hose in a checkerboard pattern, this will quicken the settlement. Using the recommended number of initial bags, your bed should now have a good depth in order to absorb the wet most efficiently, maintain separation between lower moist and dry top bedding, and to perform most effectively. The recommended bedding depths also aid in providing increased cushioning for a more supportive bed for joint and hoof health.
Remove manure droppings daily or regularly with your bedding fork, If desired, you only need to remove moistened bedding at the base once or twice a week, replacing with dry stall bedding and fresh material combined. Use your bedding fork or a steel garden rake to smooth over new surface, giving the bed a fresh and level finish, try to disturb the under-part of the bed as little as possible, until you're ready again to remove moistened bedding.
Primebed is simple to use and manage, usage will obviously depend on how wet or messy the horse/animal is, weather or not you're using the correct bedding depth, and how large the bedded area is, however for a standard 12 x 12 stall and average horse, you can expect to use only 1 to 1.5 bag of Primebed per week to maintain the bed. Many of the equestrian and professional owners that now use flax shives, have commented that with good management they are able to use just 1 bale/bag per week per stall, whilst still maintaining a dry, healthy, and comfortable bed for their horses.
New Initial Bed: Dampen floor surface (Optional ), open and spread the recommended number of bags for your stall size, rake and level out the bed over entire surface to be used.
(Optional ) apply a quick checkerboard stream of water to assist settling.
Daily Procedure Thereafter:
Pick Manure solids daily sifting the dry clean bedding out of fork, remove manure from stall.
Sweep dry bedding aside and look for moist/dark bedding below, remove with fork or flat shovel.
Re-spread and level the remaining dry bedding, ad an amount of fresh to replace the wet discarded.
Completely change out entire stall and replace with new Flax every 8 weeks.
Bedding Forks: Any type of cleaning tool/fork works fine with Primebed, however We Recommend Basket Style bedding forks as they capture more small manure pieces, and are more efficient for sifting fine textured bedding, avoiding unnecessary waste.
Horses Eating or Sampling: On occasion a horse that is newly introduced to Primebed may nibble or sample the new bedding. Primebed is an Organic material of Plant Origin that will not harm horses or livestock if consumed, it is also unpalatable, and is why the majority spit out the bedding upon taking that first nibble. .
Remember: the frequency of removing wet/moist bedding can be delayed for longer periods of time.
Just pick manure solids daily, then carefully smooth out the dry surface bedding again. You're Done in a Jif.
Other Ways To Use PrimeBed
Double Bedding or Mixing With Other Materials To Enhance Their Performance.
Are you buying sawdust or shavings in bulk? Want to improve their performance?
Are you currently buying Bulk Bedding? Shavings delivered by the truck load? Straw Bales?
Do you want to improve your Urine Absorption and reduce your waste?
To get the superior moisture control of Primebed without changing your bulk system, think about double bedding your stalls using Primebed, it's simple to manage and effective.
Put down a firm 3 to 4 inch layer of Primebed as the base in your stalls, then apply your regular bedding on top. This practice will greatly improve your absorption, and will reduce your use on the bulk products. Rather than leaving liquids to settle on the stall floor, or leave your bedding saturated, let Primebed soak it up efficiently, your present bedding too will remain drier. Your annual cost shouldn’t change as you are saving considerable bulk bedding from being tossed out, and using less Primebed overall, while still gaining the benefits of improving the dryness and hygienic conditions in your stalls.
Shavings on there own are saturated with virtually all of the urine settled on the bottom and remaining there UNABSORBED! That's Just Not Healthy!!
After just a few hours, the Primebed Shives have continued to expand as they fully absorb all the water with their 500% coefficient. The shavings have become drier since the original pour on, with their body and volume remaining unchanged.
The base below is now a firm Absorption Mat that holds dampness only, Not Liquid Saturation! Better Urine Control & Lower Ammonia Emission.
Before Adding Water
3 Times More Absorbent
After adding 50% water to bedding combo, Primebed has absorbed all the water, leaving the shavings drier and with better volume or fluff being maintained. The floors of your stalls too are not wet and saturated as with straight shavings. (see picture to left) Your shavings will remain drier, as there is no liquid soaking their base, greatly extending their usefulness, and saving you unnecessary throw away!
Some blending will occur from hoof action, but Primebed being denser should primarily remain on bottom
Here is the Mat removed from the container above, that demonstrates the complete absorption of 1 cup water to 2 cups Primebed Shavings Combo, with no excess water available to drain off! To introduce this level of performance into your bulk bedding, Put PrimeBed Underneath!
Note: This Mat Demonstration is not intended to represent clumping style, but rather..Binding & Liquid Holding Capacity.
Horses or other Livestock who urinate in the same general area in their stall, can result in lower mat zones forming on the stall floor, that efficiently bind and hold absorbed urine, they become compact and are easily removed with your fork, or for best removal method use a flat shovel.
This will more commonly occur when using straight PrimeBed all by itself, the surface will remain dry with mat zones forming below on the stall floor. Mat zones can be left unattended for several days and will provide additional cushioning from the solid floor. As the animal continues to Urinate, the Mat will not become saturated, the upper dry bedding directly on and around the mat surface will contribute to the new absorption needs, and the mat will slowly continue to expand. It is important to not dig into the mat until you are ready to remove it, pick manure solids as often as you like from the dry layers above, but leave the mat in its natural solid and compact state to keep oxygen from invading and ammonia bound.
Tip: If using PrimeBed with fine, powdery or dusty Sawdust, "Like Pellets for Example" blend and mix the two bedding materials at a 50/50 ratio, this can be done directly on the stall floor or in your wheelbarrow prior. Introducing PrimeBed will greatly improve bedding performance!
This will help reduce dust caused by the sawdust, will keep your top somewhat drier, will maximize overall absorption, and improve wet spot clumping performance.
Take Shavings To A New Level: Primebed With Shavings will add Considerable Absorption for a Much Drier, and more Comfortable Bed, with Lasting Performance and Reduced Waste Compared to Using Straight Shavings.
Shavings Mixed With PrimeBed
Get The Best of Both Worlds with "The Ultimate Combination Bedding".
An Initial Mix Ratio of 3 to 1 works well, 3-Primebed to 1-shavings to cover floor area with your desired depth. Replace as needed, or approximately 1-Primebed and 1/2-Shavings per week.
Other Notables Worth Mentioning!
Ammonia and Odor Control.
Horse urine itself does not have a strong smell (except for the first few minutes after urination). The strong odor is the result of bacteria which break down the urine. These bacteria produce ammonia gas, which smells bad and can also be a health risk to horses (especially their respiratory system) in inadequately ventilated stalls. Primebed which completely absorbs the urine largely prevents these bacteria activities, reducing ammonia and odor. As house flies are attracted by odor, barns with house fly problems can often benefit from changing to a more absorbent bedding. Primebed is an ideal choice for managing Ammonia levels, and therefore aiding in also Reducing Fly Populations. A deeper bedding style is recommended for your best ammonia control results.
A Word About Heaves Prevention & Management.
Heaves is considered an allergic condition that is set off by inhalation of “respirable particles", for example, mold spores, bacterial endotoxin and dust particles are the most commonly recognized inciting allergens. The primary sources of these allergens are feed and bedding materials. exposure to Bedding Dust, moldy or excessively dusty hay, ammonia fumes, and fungal spores in your stall environment, can all aggravate the condition, or contribute to it's development. Horse owners should focus on prevention by keeping the stall environment air quality as clean as possible, and to accomplish that, it must include Dust Free Bedding.
PrimeBed is Virtually Dust Free, Free of Mold Spores, and best choice for Ammonia and Bacteria Control.
A premium quality bedding that provides a healthy comfortable and hygienic bed for all Livestock Classes, Horses, Ponies, and Pets, and especially helpful for those experiencing any form of respiratory challenges.
Air Quality Respiratory Ailments Diagram.
Horses shuffle around in their stalls, and with that they upturn a lot of dust that invades their environment when you use "Dusty Bedding" like Sawdust, Pellets, Shavings and Straw.
The British Horse Society States:
Fresh, clean air is essential for the health of the horse and its care taker. It is therefore extremely important that bedding materials are of high quality so that dust is absent.
Mold spores and dust, which are present in poor quality bedding materials, are unacceptable and can result in a number of respiratory ailments. We strongly recommend the use of dust and mold-free bedding for horses.
Bedding materials should allow easy, efficient removal of droppings, which should be done at frequent intervals. Urine should be allowed to drain freely to the base of the bed where it is absorbed and can be removed.
Courtesy of "Equine Guelph"
To achieve all of these health & quality recommendations, including the exact urine control recommended, choose the only bedding product available that delivers "Best in Class Care".
Dust is a Health Risk
Bedding Types To Avoid
Bag or Bale Shavings.
Bulk Sawdust & Shavings.
Baled or Bagged Straw.
All Cedar Woods (Hydrocarbons)
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Your Horses Deserve The Best Care Available.
Dont Compromise Their Health, or Yours, By Using Dusty and/or Inadequate Absorbancy Bedding.
Are you located in a damp or high rain fall environment, like the West Coast for example, in these types of areas the atmosphere itself contains considerable moisture during the rainy season of Oct 1st to Apr 1st. Wood Bedding materials in bulk storage (Sawdust or Shavings Sheds) and in your stalls will attract this moisture in the air, and add dampness to your bedding. This added dampness compounds your ammonia levels, contributes to mold spore development and reduces your effective absorption capacity. This is especially the case with Pellets, as they are soaked with water to expand, and go down damp. PrimeBed however applies dry and will not attract this atmospheric moisture, remaining drier and more comfortable in these damp environments. PrimeBed is also a natural "Thermal Insulator", it will absorb and hold body heat in the winter when animals lie down, keeping them more comfortable and better rested, and will remain cool and comfortable when the weather is hot, providing greater comfort and reducing heat stress.
The absorbency of bedding can also affect hoof health, highly absorbent bedding is more likely to keep urine off the hooves, reducing associated hoof illness. It can also be useful if your paddocks are wet, as it will dry off the hooves better once back in the stall. PrimeBed too will not compact in the Hoof Sole area like wet wood bedding does, this helps avoid bacteria buildup keeping the foot more sanitary.
Constantly wet hooves are more prone to a variety of hoof related illnesses.
Primebed will not catch on fire like straw or wood bedding will. One more way to reduce the fire risk's in and around your barn.
Multiple attempts were made by inserting a lit wooden match, but the bedding would not ignite!
As recommended, PrimeBed performs at its best when using the deep bed style.
Soft Dry and Comfortable with Lasting Dust Free Performance, and Little to No Waste.
Featured Below is a typical example of how Primebed works when used correctly, along with the common clean up removal procedure.
Moist Spot or Area in Stall
You can use the same basic procedure if Spot Cleaning. Just sweep back dry bedding around the wet spot only.