Aubiose is a very absorbent, dust free, equine bedding material manufactured from the soft centre of the hemp plant.
The hemp plants that are used in Aubiose horse bedding are grown in France without the use of herbicides, pesticides or fungicides.
The benefits are that the raw material is graded into particles and thoroughly dust extracted - making it a suitable bedding for horses or ponies with breathing problem
Aubiose is more expensive to buy than wood shavings but soaks the wet up much better and so you end up and you throwing much less soiled bedding away.
It takes about 6 - 8 bales of Aubiose to create the initial bed in a typical 12 foot by 12 foot stable. It is important to ensure that the bed is deep enough.
Having laid the horse's bed in the you then need to sprinkle the Aubiose with water - about 1 gallon of water for each bale used.
The purpose of this is to activate the bedding's sponge-like properties. You will soon get to know how much water to apply - as you'll realise the hemp bedding is highly absorbent.
As it has natural absorbent qualities, similar to a sponge, Aubiose is said to be capable of absorbing 12 times more water than straw and 4 times more than wood shavings.
Because the Aubiose bedding is so absorbent, and because it also traps smells and ammonia, you can keep a deep litter bed and still have a pleasant smelling stable for your horse.
The important thing to remember about a hemp bed for your horse is to disturb it as little as possible.
This equine bedding is easy to maintain - saving you time and money, while providing your horse or pony with a comfortable and safe bed.
All you need to do when mucking out an Aubiose bed is to remove the droppings daily and level the bed with a rake. Then, once a week, rake the dry bedding to one side and take out the wet bedding. You can add fresh Aubiose as necessary to top up your horse's bed. The average use is between half and one bale a week.
There is no problem with disposing of Aubiose Bedding as it decomposes quickly into a highly fertile organic fertilizer.
Cost wise the bales are more expensive to buy than other types of equine bedding such as wood shavings. But as you need to use less - Aubiose can still work out to be very cost effective.
Many horse owners have reported saving up to a third on the cost of bedding when they have switched to using Aubiose.
A similar product called Hemcore Bedding is manufactured in Essex in the United Kingdom from hemp plants grown in the UK.
Hemp bedding products are usually supplied packed into heat sealed polythene bags for easy storage.
Wood pellets are another bedding material that is becoming popular with horse owners and stable managers.