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Hemp Hurd Bedding: The Ultimate Guide for Horses

Updated: Jan 16

Download the deep litter guide for horses below from Midwest Hemp Tech

Hemp hurd for horses has many advantages. Ultra absorbent, it reduces odor and pests. Utilizing hemp hurd in the deep litter method for horses and other animals is good for the animals, the earth and your pocketbook.

Follow the recommendations below and download the ready to print guide and hang in the stalls.

Prepare the Stall

Start with a clean stall by removing any existing bedding and debris. Ensure proper drainage to prevent moisture buildup.

Spread Hemp Hurd

Evenly spread a layer of hemp hurd on the stall floor. Aim for a thickness of 4-6 inches to provide comfortable bedding for your horse.

Monitor Moisture Levels

Regularly check the moisture content of the hemp hurd bedding. Hemp hurd absorbs moisture well, but it's essential to maintain a balance to prevent excessive dampness.

Add Additional Layers

As your horse produces waste, add additional layers of hemp hurd to cover and absorb urine and manure. This helps build up the bedding over time.

Turn & Mix

Periodically turn and mix the bedding to promote aeration and prevent the development of ammonia odors. Use a pitchfork or similar tool to fluff up the hemp hurd.

Remove Soiled Material

While the deep litter method encourages layering, it's crucial to remove heavily soiled or wet spots regularly. This prevents odors and maintains a healthy environment.

Monitor Horse Health Throughout

Keep an eye on your horse's health, especially their hooves and respiratory system. Ensure that the hemp hurd bedding is not causing any adverse reactions.  Adjust the thickness of the hemp hurd bedding based on the season and your horse's needs. Thicker bedding may be required in colder weather.

Cleaning & Disposal

Despite the deep litter method, conduct a thorough stall cleaning periodically. Remove all bedding, clean the stall, and start the process again with fresh hemp hurd.

Dispose of used hemp hurd in an environmentally friendly manner. Consider composting and local waste disposal regulations.

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