Is hemp bedding safe if ingested by a horse?
Again, if the hemp stalk is not properly separated, you could have problems. It all comes down to the quality of bedding. I have heard stories about owners who have had problems with their horses ingesting hemp bedding, but in all cases it had to to with bedding where the entire stalk was harvested and not separated. To date, we have not had any issues with our customers, and I believe it is due to the quality of separation and quality of the hemp hurd.
What is the cost of hemp compared to common bedding?
The initial bed is not inexpensive, but the economics come into play later, as most stalls only require one bag per week thereafter because take-away is minimal. Bedding is one of the most expensive things we buy as horse owners/barn & farm owners. It is important to actually run numbers before you think this is too expensive…you would be surprised!
I ask people how much per month they are spending on shavings and take-away. Most people have to get it hauled off because they just don’t have an alternative. If you do the math, especially with horses not turning out, you are spending a lot. Hemp bedding cuts labor time to a quarter and cuts take-away costs by half. For hemp bedding, we recommend seven bags to bed a 12×12 stall, and then one bag per week. Our 44 lb. bags are $25 and equal to about two and a half bags of normal shavings. We also offer a 40 lb. bag for $24.
Are there any cons, or specific reasons one might not incorporate hemp bedding into a barn?
Training employees/stall muckers to use the bedding can be challenging. We try to show the people cleaning the stalls how much they will love it, because it results in far fewer walks to the muck heap!
Hemp bedding functions differently than other types of bedding. For easy maintenance tips, visit EnviroEquine’s stall set-up guide. With with special thanks to Angela Brackett of EnviroEquine.