First time use:
- Remove the old bedding and clean the stable thoroughly.
- Concrete or paved floors should be hosed down.
- Spread flaxstraw on the still wet floor
- Spread more flaxstraw on this first layer so as to create a thick bedding.
As a rule of thumb :
- 4 bales are needed for a box of 3 x 3
- 6 bales are needed for a box of 4 x 4
- Remove the horse-droppings with a pitchfork
- Rake the upper layer even
- Remove the wet bedding from the spot(s) where the animal usually urinates. Spread ˝ to 1 new bale of flaxstraw every week.
- Every 12 weeks the bedding should be completely removed, the stable cleaned thoroughly, and new flaxstraw should be spread
More advice :
When switching from traditional straw to flaxstraw it is best to give your horses a small portion of hay or straw.
Instead of mucking out every 12 weeks, another method could also be adopted:
- spread out 4 to 5 bales of flaxstraw
- remove the horse-droppings daily
- after 6 weeks’ time you first move the dry upper layer to one side of the stable and then remove the underlayer which is drenched in urine. Then spread out the dry bedding which you had shoved aside on the stablefloor again, and add 1 to 2 new bales.
After having cleaned out a stable and after having spread new flaxstraw it is best to provide some straw or hay for the animals to nibble on.