Saving Deforestization

Saving 4.5 million cubic feet of wood for shavings in horse stalls annually

Let's do some quick math: Every region with 3,000 stabled horses will use 5,600,000 cubic feet per year of bedding (5.6 million cubic feet.) yearly.

One compressed bag holds seven cubic feet of high-quality pine wood shavings or 800,000 bags. This is enough bedding for just 3,000 high-end stalled horses per year, using one bag per stall per day year-round.

We want your horse to use the same amount of bedding, but because we can recycle the bedding five times, we save 4.5 million cubic feet of wood made into shavings from being cut and disposed of.

Cutting down 4.5 million cubic feet of wood for shavings in horse stalls can have several negative environmental, ecological, and social impacts. Here are the key concerns:

Environmental Impact

  1. Deforestation:

    • Habitat Loss: Large-scale tree removal can destroy habitats for countless species of flora and fauna, leading to a loss of biodiversity.
    • Climate Change: Trees play a crucial role in sequestering carbon dioxide. Cutting down 4.5 million cubic feet of wood releases a significant amount of CO2 back into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.
    • Soil Erosion: Trees help to anchor the soil. Removing them can lead to increased soil erosion, which can negatively impact local water quality and reduce soil fertility.
  1. Reduction in Air Quality:

    • Loss of Oxygen Production: Trees produce oxygen through photosynthesis. Fewer trees mean less oxygen production.
    • Increased Air Pollutants: Trees also act as natural air filters, trapping dust, pollen, and other pollutants. Cutting down trees can lead to poorer air quality.

Ecological Impact

  1. Water Cycle Disruption:

    • Trees play a vital role in the water cycle by absorbing and releasing water. Deforestation can disrupt local and regional water cycles, potentially leading to changes in rainfall patterns and water availability.
  1. Wildlife Displacement:

    • The removal of trees can displace wildlife species that depend on forest habitats for food, shelter, and breeding grounds.

Social and Economic Impact

  1. Impact on Local Communities:

    • Livelihoods: Many local communities depend on forests for their livelihoods. Deforestation can deprive these communities of resources such as food, medicine, and materials for building and crafting.
    • Cultural Impact: Forests often hold cultural significance for indigenous and local communities. Cutting down trees can erode cultural heritage and traditions.
  1. Long-Term Economic Costs:

    • While there might be short-term economic gains from selling wood shavings, the long-term costs of deforestation, such as soil degradation, loss of ecosystem services, and climate change impacts, can far outweigh the immediate benefits.

Sustainable Alternatives

  1. Recycling and Reuse:

    • Use of recycled wood products or shavings made from waste wood can reduce the need for cutting down trees.
  1. Sustainable Forestry Practices:

    • Implementing sustainable forestry practices, such as selective logging, replanting, and maintaining forest health, can help mitigate the negative impacts of wood harvesting.
  1. Alternative Bedding Materials:

    • Exploring alternative bedding materials for horse stalls, such as hemp or recycled materials, can reduce the demand for wood shavings.


Cutting down 4.5 million cubic feet of wood for horse stall shavings can have significant negative impacts on the environment, ecology, and local communities. Sustainable practices and alternative materials should be considered to mitigate these effects and promote long-term environmental health.