Hemcore Horse Bedding is made from the inner core of the hemp plant stem which is grown and processed entirely in the UK. It is not bleached and no chemicals are added at any stage of its growth, so producing a ‘green’ product which is full recyclable into useful compost.
Hemp is also fast-growing and fully sustainable. In the past, hemp has traditionally been grown to produce fine paper products, rope and textiles and is now also used to make Hemcore – a natural horse bedding.
When the crop is harvested in late summer, the outer fibres of the stem are stripped off to produce traditional and new products, whilst the soft inner core is used to make Hemcore. It is dried, chopped, dust extracted and packed into heat-sealed, recyclable polythene bags.
WHY USE HEMCORE BEDDING
What sets Hemcore apart from other bedding materials is its very high absorbency which results in a bed that stays drier longer. It is capable of absorbing far more moisture than either straw or wood shavings, and any wet areas that do have to be dug out are small by comparison. It makes a warm and comfortable bed which provides good insulation against cold and protection against injury.
Hemcore also absorbs ammonia very efficiently, reducing its harmful effects on a horse’s respiratory system, and reducing stable odour.
Dust and spores are extracted from Hemcore to provide a cleaner stable environment. This is particularly important for horses with a respiratory disease, but also helps to prevent such problems developing. Hemcore is regularly batch tested for dust and spore counts by an independent laboratory.
Economical to Use
Although starting a bed with Hemcore may be a little more expensive than with other materials, its slower replacement rate soon evens out the costs. With Hemcore’s unusually high absorbency, only 1/2 to 1 new bales should be needed every ten days.
A Hemcore bed is quick and easy to maintain, staying drier and lasting longer than conventional materials. It should be disturbed as little as possible, with the droppings being removed regularly each day, and the wet material dug out as required.
Hemcore creates only a small manure heap, which rots down into quality garden compost in just a couple of months. This compares very favourably with the long time it takes straw, and particularly shavings, to decompose.
Hemcore is supplied in watertight heat-sealed polythene bales, which are convenient to handle and can be stored inside or out. There is no waste and no mess.
Hemcore is made from a sustainable source and is completely biodegradable. It is packed in recyclable polythene.
HOW TO USE HEMCORE BEDDING
If the stable is clean and empty, put down sufficient Hemcore to provide the depth of bed you require (8 – 10 bales for a 12’x12′ stable) and spread evenly over the floor, banking up sides if required. Once all the bedding is down, sprinkle 5 litres (1 gallon) of water for every bale used. Leave to settle to allow the water time to activate the bed (at least a few hours). If a stable has an existing bed of shavings or chopped straw (or similar) there is no need to remove this completely before starting a Hemcore bed. Just muck out as normal, but gradually move existing bed towards the centre and add Hemcore round the sides over a period of time. (There is no need to add water using this method). From then on, disturb the bed as little as possible, removing droppings regularly and wet patches occasionally. Top up as required. (There is no need to add further water after the initial watering). Because less Hemcore is used, there will be less bedding removed from the stable, making a smaller muck heap which will rot down more quickly than shavings. It then makes a useful compost or mulch for the garden. Hemcore is unpalatable to virtually all horses, but if the bedding is seen to be eaten, sprinkle it with a weak solution of a safe disinfectant to discourage the habit and when adding new bedding mix it in with the old. As with other bedding materials, persistent bed eating can cause colic, gastro-intestinal disorders or an allergic reaction. In these cases please consult a vet.