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QUESTION
I would like to know whether or not it is safe to use mixed redwood shavings as bedding for my horse? They are mixed with white wood.


ANSWER

Regarding your question about the safety of using "mixed redwood shavings" that are mixed with "white wood", I would suggest that you use caution and not use these shavings for horse bedding. Since these shavings don't sound well-defined regarding the species of origin, I think that you should assume that this product might contain some black walnut shavings that are toxic to horses. Black Walnut shaving are dark or "reddish" in color, and are sometimes found in shavings derived from furniture manufacturers. Black Walnut shavings have been found to cause severe laminitis in horses bedded on them. Unless you are willing to thoroughly investigate the sources of all of the wood in theses shavings, it would be most prudent to avoid them.







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