Ask any horse owner about the last time their horse contracted a disease and you’re likely to get an earful of intense worry, expensive veterinarian bills and, hopefully (but not always), a successful recovery. Then, they’ll inevitably tell you about a labor intensive disinfection protocol they undertook to try to prevent the spread of the disease. Disinfection of facilities is both an indispensable method of disease control and a consuming obsession for responsible horse owners.
Several common diseases affecting horses are spread via contact with saliva, nasal discharges and other bodily fluids – which does not necessarily involve horse to horse contact. Diseases such as strangles (Streptococcus equi) and salmonellosis are caused by bacteria that can survive and multiply outside living animals, especially on moist surfaces and in the presence of organic matter (like nearly every wooden paddock you have ever seen).
Porous surfaces like wood – particularly wood that has been chewed, scraped or has simply aged to expose porous fibers are ideal “fomites.” Fomites are objects on which pathogens like bacteria and virus can stick, survive, multiply and THEN infect other animals. Fomites are bad.
They are also notoriously difficult to disinfect. Many disinfectants are deactivated by organic matter like wood, vegetation and fecal material. So simply spraying disinfectant won’t be very effective on porous surfaces were organic material is present.
“Non-porous, smooth surfaces are the most readily cleaned and disinfected,” says Paul Morley, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. “The more organic material such as dirt or manure that is present, the less effective your disinfectants are going to be, and the more you’re going to have to use good old-fashioned soap and elbow grease.”1
Plastic Lumber: Purebred for Horses.
Unlike wood, plastic lumber is non-porous, easy to clean and disinfect and is downright inhospitable to bacteria, viruses and fungi. Plus, it lasts longer, holds its original appearance and comes in a wide variety of colors and classic lumber dimensions. When repairing, updating or planning new barns, paddocks and stalls, plastic lumber pays for itself in both durability and ease of maintenance.
Plastic lumber from Bedford Technology is made from sustainable, recycled plastic materials – like milk jugs – and they won’t rot, splinter, split, rust or fade. And, since they are made from solid, impact resistant HDPE they discourage chewing and cribbing.
SelectForce ® and FiberForce ® have textured surface finishes and can be drilled and cut the same as traditional building products. Build it once, build it right and create a better environment for your horses with plastic lumber from Bedford Technology.
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