What are Wood Bedding Pellets? Are you looking for an easier way to stable your horse? Wood Bedding Pellets might be a good option for you.

What are Wood Bedding Pellets? Are you looking for an easier way to st

Switching to bedding pellets can be beneficial for your horses and the environment. Learn about the benefits and how to use pellet bedding.


What are Bedding Pellets?

HERDD bedding pellets are dense wood pellets used in horse stables & yards. Made from unique Northland pine, with an extremely low moisture content (~7%), HERDD bedding is packed in fully compostable bags. This means you can create a highly hygienic bed for your animals & reduce your waste footprint.

The pellets turn into sawdust that clumps when saturated offering a low-dust solution for your animal bedding needs. The wood pellets create a clean bedding layer to absorb moisture and neutralize odours which will keep your stable dry, clean and comfortable.

Some awesome things to remember about HERDD Bedding:

  • Is 100 percent natural and biodegradable.
  • Helps make clean, dry and healthy habitats.
  • Reduces odor.
  • Contains minimal dust particles to keep your animal breathing easy.
  • Comes in easy to handle 22kg bags.
  • Are dense and compact to save on storage space.

How to Use Pellet Bedding

Pellet bedding is simple to use.

  1. Simply pour the desired amount of pellets onto the floor of the habitat (For a standard sized (~4x4m) box, we recommend 9 bags (subject to your own preference for depth - you may want 1 or 2 more or less; 9 bags gives ~10cm depth). If you have rubber flooring, we recommend 7 bags (7 gives ~8cm depth).
  2. Cover floor evenly to a thickness of ~3cm with dry pellets. Generously hose with water (apply more water than you think!) & watch HERDD become soft & fluffy.
  3. Wait ~15 minutes before using a rake to flip over the bedding to reveal dry pellets. Sprinkle with more water & leave to fluff. Any dry-ish pellets will continue to expand over the next few hours (fine to put the animal on it in the meantime).

No hose?

  1. If you don’t have access to a hose nearby, place the bags on the floor of the stall (lying down), evenly dispersed.
  2. Slash the bags with a knife width-&-length-ways (making a cross +).
  3. Add ~20 litres of water, using a bucket, into each bag’s split opening (get water into the corners/sides/middle - if water escapes throw a handful of dry HERDD in the puddle to absorb it).
  4. Leave for 15 minutes. As the bedding expands, you’ll see the bag bursting, if not, use your knife to extend the cuts.
  5. After 15 minutes, tip out the contents of the bag.
  6. Use a rake to spread bedding across the floor. You can add more water if you need to from a bucket or watering can. Use a rake to agitate the bed until it looks soft & fluffy

After completing the above process, it is normal for some pellets to still be visible. These fluff up over time (Tip: If you have an animal that urinates in a particular area, you can purposefully leave un-watered HERDD bedding in that area to soak up extra wet patches)

Dispose of the empty bag in your manure pile to compost, burn it in your (legal!) fireplace, use it as weed mat in your garden, or simply recycle the bag in your council collection

Once the bedding pellets are saturated with moisture or soiled they will expand into sawdust like material and the area will clump together. Simply remove the wet clumps or solid waste.. Add back pellets when necessary to maintain bedding pellets effectiveness. Soiled bedding can be used in your garden for compost (but you may not want to use around vegetables due to manure content) - the bag can act as biodegradable weed mat.

How to Store Bedding Pellets

The storage area should be free of any moisture, mold and mildew. Keeping your bags of bedding pellets off the ground on a pallet can help keep them dry, too. Many wood pellet users choose to store them inside for this reason. If you store your pellets outdoors, you might consider keeping them under a securely fashioned tarp for additional protection.

Wood bedding pellets can last for a very long time when stored correctly. Storing your pellets properly can protect them from moisture and U.V. light. Moisture penetration will accelerate as the bags break down, reducing the quality of your wood pellet bedding. You can prevent U.V. light and dampness from damaging your wood pellets by storing them in a clean, dry place away from sunlight.

You’ll also find that bedding pellets take less storage space than most traditional bedding materials. This is a significantly much smaller footprint when storage space is a concern.