How To Use

How to use Proteq Equine Bedding

Learn how to use Proteq Equine Bedding with this instructive video on how to set up your new Proteq bed as demonstrated by Shane and Mattea from Davidson Equestrian.

Initial Stable Setup

Using Proteq Equine Bedding is easy and takes only about 30 minutes and it’s ready for use. Just follow these simple steps:

Step 1

Place approximately 16 bags of pellet bedding in a clean 4m x 4m stable with a cement or dirt floor. For rubber flooring you can set up a patch with approximately 6 bags.

Step 2

Line up the bags along the wall, rip one corner open and follow along the seam. Add 9 litres of water per bag or fill bag with the hose until water drips out of the upper air holes. This will cause the pellets to activate (swell and fluff up)

Step 3

After 20 minutes, the pellets will have absorbed all the water and expanded to around 3 times there original size. (Note: some pellets will not have broken down and this is normal)

Step 4

Empty the pellets out of the bags onto the floor. The bed will transform to a soft, fluffy but dense surface.

Step 5

Using a fork spread the bedding out evenly into the desired area on the floor and make up any banks if required.

Step 6

Lightly water the bed for 30 seconds to help break down remaining pellets. After 10 minutes, run your fork through the bedding again to fluff it up. Total expansion of bedding can take up to 48 hours.

Stable Maintenance

Step 1

Remove solids and completely saturated patches daily. Proteq Equine Bedding separates from manure and remains in the stable, so less bedding is wasted and you will notice that your manure heap will be greatly reduced. Urine patches should be visualized as darker than normal bedding. When removing urine patches, only lightly shake the pitchfork to remove clean bedding. If the bedding does not easily fall through the fork it should be removed.

Step 2

For full time stabled Horses, add 1 to 2 bags of Proteq Equine Bedding weekly to replenish the bedding removed and ensure it is evenly distributed throughout the bed. The very dirtiest permanently stabled horse may require additional bedding to be added from time to time.

Step 3

Completely turn the bed daily and spray with water for 30 seconds. This keeps the bedding settled and at maximum efficiency.

Step 4

Proteq Equine Bedding has fluidity similar to sand. It easily falls through a normal stable fork. To remove smaller manure particles that would usually blend into other bedding types, a pitchfork with narrower tines will be needed.

Helpful Hints

  • Warm or hot water activates the pellets much faster.
  • The most effective way to set up a stable is by adding water into Proteq bags standing up for activation.
  • Bedding can take up to 48 hours to fully break down and fluff up. Keep this in mind when you are tempted to add extra bedding at initial setup.
  • To top up stalls pellets can both be added directly on top of bedding and watered, or two bags will fit into a standard wheelbarrow for activation.

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