Horse Bedding

Heather Hastings

We at Woodgrain are committed to the environment. That’s why over 99% of the wood fiber we process is used as a product. This sustainable practice is often referred to as upcycling. The official definition: the process where you transform by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

Future horse bedding.

Our line of Nature’s horse bedding is a great example of upcycling. All Nature’s products are created from sawdust, fine shavings and trim materials used in the manufacturing process of our millwork products. Another great example is Proof—an eyewear company started by descendants of the family who founded Woodgrain. Proof’s glasses are crafted from sustainable materials—including FSC-certified wood, cotton-based acetate, and even repurposed skateboard decks.

Proof sunglasses from iwantproof.com

So now that you’re more familiar with upcycling, let’s bring it home. Take a look around your house. Surely there are items you want to donate or even trash. Can you think of some ways you can reuse those items? Here are some ideas to get you started:

This is a great idea for cats, too, as they love jumping in drawers.

Repurpose an old dresser drawer into a new, custom piece of furniture. PopSugar has over 200 brilliant ideas for cool upcycling projects, but this chic dog bed by DIY Show Off is my absolute favorite. This is a great idea for cats, too, as they love jumping in drawers. Genius!

I would have never guessed this headboard started off as a door.

How about that old door you’ve had in your storage shed for years? As you can see in this blog post, Remodelaholic looked at 100 different ways you can use your old door. Our favorite, add a little crown moulding to the top of an old door to create a classic headboard, like this one by DIY blogger Infarrantly Creative. Gorgeous!

Upcycling bonus: This pedestal is made from reclaimed barn wood redwood.

If you’ve got an old door lying around, you may also have some random pieces of trim. We’ve found the perfect idea for moulding that can provide function and beauty in your home: The architectural moulding pedestal. If you’re lucky enough to have decorative moulding on hand, you can create an ornate work of art that doubles as a dining room table centerpiece. We love the craftsmanship on this piece from The Cultured Artisan. (Upcycling bonus: This pedestal is made from reclaimed barn redwood.)

We will continue exploring upcycling ideas on our blog and would love to hear about some of your favorites. Show us an example of how you’ve upcycled doors and moulding in the comments below. We may even feature you in a future blog post. Happy upcycling!

 

Brian Michaels

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While spring has officially sprung, it still feels like winter in many parts of the country. What are you doing to keep your horses warm? Some turn up the heat (literally) while others layer on blankets to provide warmth. However, what goes inside your horse’s body is just as important as what goes over it.

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Horses need lots of hydration to regulate their body temperatures. Be sure to provide your horse with enough drinking water that will not freeze over. One owner suggested a trick to keep the water from freezing by keeping an apple in the trough. The horse bobs for the apple and it prevents the water from freezing.

Horses also need to fill their bellies with food. According to equine specialist Dr. Carrie Hammer, DVM, for every 10-degree change below 30 degrees, a horse would need to eat two additional pounds of feed per day. So, throw in a few extra bales of hay when sheltering your horse in the winter.

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But perhaps one of the most important things you can do to keep horses warm is to give them extra bedding. Just make sure to keep it dry and clean to prevent waste-related illnesses.

If you’re looking for a safe and effective bedding product to keep your horses warm, look no further than Nature’s. Nature’s is made from non-allergenic Kiln dried pine, making it safe to use all year round. Nature’s high absorbency makes clean up quick and easy while leaving a fresh pine scent in your stable. To see if Nature’s is available at a feed and seed store near you, contact us.

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In the meantime, stay warm and let us know if there are any techniques you use to keep your horses toasty when it’s freezing.

Brian Michaels

Nature’s offers environmentally friendly and cost effective products for your animals. Nature’s bedding products are made of 100% kiln-dried pine. Kiln-dried pine delivers superior absorption, a natural fresh scent, and makes our product the safest choice.

Features & Benefits

  • Superior absorbency
  • Natural fresh Pine scent
  • Easier clean-up and reduced amounts of waste
  • Dust free
  • Compostable and biodegradable
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Made in the USA

Nature’s bedding products are available in:
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Shavings are available in 8, 10 and 12 cubic foot bales; Mini-flakes are available in 4.5 cubic foot bales; and Pellets are available in 40# bags.

Visit www.naturesbywoodgrain.com to learn more.

“Since I first found Nature’s about four years ago, I just won’t use anything else!!! They break up so much easier than the other brands, they smell wonderful, and their lighter color makes the stalls look nicer.” -Heidi Olds; Hilsboro, Oregon

Brian Michaels

Nature’s Bedding would like to welcome San Dimas Grain & Pet Company! San Dimas Grain & Pet Co. has provided high quality pet and livestock products since 1927 and now carries Nature’s pellets. Nature’s pet products are on display in the San Dimas Grain & Pet Co. store in southern California. Be sure to visit their store for your Nature’s pet product needs.

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Welcome San Dimas Grain & Pet Company!

Brian Michaels

Nature’s Horse Bedding proves to be successful against the competition.

Nature’s attended the Pomona Horse Expo this last weekend in Pomona, CA and had an amazing turnout.

Nature’s exhibited the bedding products of Pellets, Shavings and our new low dust Mini’s. As the only bedding exhibitor at the event there was a lot of traffic and interest in our absorption test which compares Nature’s products against many other products in the market. Over and over Nature’s comes out on top as more absorbent against the competition. Check it out for yourself at www.naturesbywoodgrain.com/bedding.

Nature’s Bedding products are made from 100% kiln-dried pine which allows for superior absorbency, elimination of urine odors and a naturally fresh pine scent. Nature’s is all natural with no fillers and no additives.

Check out what one of our customers said after visiting us this weekend at the Pomona Horse Expo:

“Nature’s mini flakes are in my opinion one of the best bedding options on the market for three reasons:
1. Absorbency – one of the best absorbency factors I’ve ever seen in any bedding;
2. Softness – when you walk into a stall bedded with mini flakes it is like walking on memory foam;
3. Price – these shavings don’t get thrown in with the manure because they fall from the rake, they don’t get thrown out because they’re too used, and they are excellent about being dried out.”

-Hannah Butler, Owner of two mares; Sierra and Sapphire

Below is our Mini’s horse bedding product:

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To learn more about Nature’s horse bedding products, visit our website at www.naturesbywoodgrain.com/bedding.

Phil Steklenski

Nature’s, headquartered in Prineville, Oregon, offers environmentally friendly and cost effective products for both your animals and your home. Nature’s is a brand of Woodgrain Millwork, a family owned and operated company and one of the largest millwork suppliers in the world with 60 years of industry excellence. All Nature’s products are created from the materials of saw dust, fine shavings, and trim materials used in the manufacturing process of our millwork products.

Nature’s products are the safest natural choice for your animal needs. Made from 100% pine, our product offering includes:

  • Horse bedding products:
    • Shavings
    • Mini flakes
    • Pellets
  • Small pet products (coming in 2014):
    • Cat litter
    • Critter litter

The kiln-dried process is a slow, even drying process that removes moisture without damaging the wood, allowing for superior absorbency and a healthier, smarter product. Our pine species acts as a natural deodorizer, providing odor control while emitting a long lasting, fresh cut pine scent. Woodgrain is a fully integrated forest products company that maintains exact standards over its raw materials ensuring the purest, highest quality product.

Additionally, Nature’s and Woodgrain Millwork are completely committed to the environment by optimizing the use of resources and producing products that are safe for our homes and the planet. The wood used by Woodgrain originates from sustainable resources and we operate in an environmentally conscious manner. All products are compostable, biodegradable and made in the USA.

Visit our website at naturesbywoodgrain.com to learn more about Nature’s products and read customer reviews.