Where to buy alternative types of horse bedding

  • If you are struggling to get your hands on straw this autumn, we’ve compiled contact details for the suppliers of 12 alternative types of horse bedding

    Straw pellets: Nedz Advance
    • Chopped and ground straw, sterilised then pelleted
    • Launched 2008, available nationwide
    • Tel: 01772 877096, www.nedz.co.uk

    Chopped straw: Belvoir Bed
    • A combination of wheat and rape straw that has been chopped, dust-extracted and treated with a natural formula containing lemongrass
    • Launched 2008, only available direct from manufacturer
    • Tel: 01772 877897, www.belvoirbed.co.uk

    Rape straw: Bedrap
    • Best-quality rape straw, which is cleaned, chopped and dust-extracted
    • Launched 2005, available nationwide
    • Tel: 01285 653738, www.bedrap.co.uk

    Shavings: Bedmax
    • From renewable forestry timber, with shavings cut to large, medium and small size for optimum cushioning, aeration, drainage and absorbency
    • Launched 2000, widely available
    • Tel: 01668 213467, www.bedmaxshavings.com

    Wood pulp: Megazorb
    • Virgin wood pulp, dried and sterilised
    • Launched 2000, available nationwide
    • Tel: 01759 318396, www.northerncropdriers.co.uk

    Wood fibre: Easibed
    • From clean white wood fibre
    • Launched 2003, available nationwide
    • Tel: 01613 702360, www.easibed.co.uk

    Woodchip: Orchard
    • Recycled hard and soft wood, graded, chopped and sifted
    • Launched 2007, available nationwide depending on order size
    • Tel: 01780 470045, www.orchard-equestrian.co.uk

    Hemp/flax: Aubiose
    • From hemp grown in Champagne region of France, processed via milling and sieving
    • Launched 1973, widely available
    • Tel: 0800 3891703, www.aubiose.co.uk

    Cardboard strips: Shreddybed
    • A mix of cardboard waste and large pieces of flat card, shredded
    • Launched 2005, predominantly for purchase in the south-west, but available nationwide depending on order
    • Tel: 01566 776756, www.shreddybed.co.uk

    Shredded paper: Yesterday’s News
    • Recycled newspaper, shredded
    • Mainly Lincolnshire, but nationwide for bigger orders
    • Tel: 01775 710171, www.yesterdays-news.co.uk

    Miscanthus: Miscanthus Bedding
    • Miscanthus plant harvested, broken down into optimum particles and softened
    • Launched July 2010, mainly Midlands area, but nationwide for bigger orders
    • Tel: 01889 500476, www.miscanthusbedding.co.uk

    Softwood fibre pellets: White Horse Bedding
    • Made from virgin softwood fibres compressed into low-moisture content pellets
    • Launched summer 2010, available nationwide online
    • Tel: 01672 838202, www.whitehorsebedding.co.uk

    In some cases other suppliers are available — a websearch may produce more convenient sources

    This is an extract from a feature first published in Horse & Hound (30 September, ’10)

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