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
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.