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Five Star Professional Guide – Initial Set Up for horse bedding

Five Star Professional is made from premium wood flakes with most of the water extracted. It has a very high capacity for absorption, but just as you need to dampen a dry cloth before you wipe up a spill, Five Star Professional needs to be re-hydrated to maximise its rate of absorption.

  • For a half bed in a 12ft by 12ft stable you will need eight bags of Five Star Professional. For a larger stable or a bigger bed, use one bag per square yard/metre. The minimum depth of bedding you should aim for is 4 to 5 inches or 100mm – 125mm. To create banks, add further bags – at least one per wall.
  • To set up the initial bed, lay the bags out evenly across the stable floor where you want the bed to be, leaving roughly equal gaps between the bags, the front of the bed and the walls.
  • Cut an opening in each bag. Starting at the back of the stable, add 4 to 8 litres of water to each bag.
  • After about 15 minutes all the water should be absorbed, so return to the first bag you added water to and tip its contents out onto the floor. Repeat with the remaining bags.
  • With a rake, or fine-tined shavings fork, spread the bedding out evenly and make up any banks.
  • The bedding will now have a soft, fluffy texture but some pellets may still be visible. This is normal, as the remaining Five Star Professional pellets will break down over the next 5 to 10 days, depending on how wet the horse is.

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Five Star Professional Guide – Maintenance

For best performance, the bedding should not be disturbed any more than necessary, as the control of wet and odour depends on the bed remaining in place.

  • On a daily basis remove solids. When doing so, be sure to shake the fork lightly, any bedding picked up with the manure will drop back on to the bed – so less waste. Damp patches on the surface of the bed should be spread out across the top of the bed with the back of the shavings fork and mixed with dry bedding. If there are any saturated patches on the surface, they should be very localised; carefully dig them out without removing any dry material.
  • Once removed, level the bed by filling in with any remaining pellets and dry bedding material from the rest of the bed.
  • For clean horses – once a week, scatter one bag of Five Star over the bed. This should be added dry without adding any further water.
  • For wetter horses – twice a week, scatter half a bag of Five Star over the bed, adding no water. For a very wet horse, or if the horse is in the stable for extended periods, add half a bag 3 to 4 times per week.
    Add the new bedding to the wettest part of the bed. Avoid turning over or mixing the bed too much, except when mixing dry pellets into a wet area.
  • Five Star will absorb ammonia, which is good for healthy hooves and will keep the stable smelling sweet. If you can smell ammonia, this will either be because the bedding has been disturbed too much or because part of the surface has become saturated. Removing saturated areas and filling with dry bedding – or adding new bedding if required, will quickly solve this problem.

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How to Use Five Star Gold Premium Wood Shavings

Five Star Gold is made from soft, natural chips that are of a consistently high quality for maximum health and hygiene in the stable. These wood shavings are dust free and friendly to many horses that have known medical conditions such as COPD or allergies.

Initial Bed

  • In a typical 12ft by 12ft stable you will need 3 bales of Five Star Gold wood shavings to cover between half to two thirds of the stable.
  • Open one bale at a time and with a shavings fork toss the shavings into the air as to loosen and aerate, then spread evenly on the stable floor.
  • The minimum bed depth we recommend is 4 to 5 inches, so add another half bale if you want deep banks on a concrete floor but 3 bales should be plenty on rubber matting.

Maintenance

Five Star Gold is very easy to maintain. Even after a week you should find that the initial shavings that you laid will still be of a good quality.

  • We recommend you remove solids daily and locate wet patches (usually found at the base of the bed) and remove with a shavings fork.
  • Perform a big muck out weekly, however this advice may alter depending on how clean your horse is. During the big muck out remember to rotate the corner that the shavings are lifted to.
  • Add extra bales when necessary to keep the bed depth at 5 inches – this should be between half to 1 bale per week.

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Five Star Cat Litter

Initial Bed

  • Fill the litter tray with approximately 5cm of Five Star.

Maintenance

  • Remove solid excrements, then filter soiled litter into your waste using a grated cat scoop. The solid, unsoiled litter will remain in your scoop and can be returned to the tray.
  • Top up litter tray with fresh litter to keep bed at approximately 5cm.

It’s as easy as that!

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Five Star Paper Based Cat Litter

Initial Bed

  • Fill the litter tray with approximately 5cm of Five Star.

Maintenance

  • Remove solid excrements, then filter soiled litter into your waste using a grated cat scoop. The solid, unsoiled litter will remain in your scoop and can be returned to the tray.
  • Top up litter tray with fresh litter to keep bed at approximately 5cm.

It’s as easy as that!

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