Green. For horse enthusiasts, it can describe that youngster in the paddock, the latest shipment of hay, or even our own envy over another rider’s round. But, how about green products? Eco-friendly products are teetering on mainstream and as equestrians, we are both stewards of our equine companions and the land. It makes the choice to go green quite natural.
Although the effort to go green can be all consuming, a few simple product choices can make a big impact on your horse’s health. EcoLicious Equestrian horse products have your horse covered from head to hoof. Dedicated to creating earth friendly products, Ecolicious is made 100% free of chemicals, silicones, and parabans. Using rosemary oil to extend the life of products instead of traditional synthetics that can be a source irritation or allergic reactions, these are products you can feel good about using.
Some stores also have a special section devoted to ecofriendly and all natural horse (and rider) products, ranging from bamboo breeches to vegetable tanned bridles that are free of chemicals.
And sometimes, tradition trumps all. Taking a note from grooms of the past, there is no substitute for old-fashioned elbow grease. Bring the shine on without sprays or oil with a good grooming routine.
From Barn to Show Ring
A clean barn is a constant undertaking, but cleaning solutions can be harsh to horse and human, causing irritated eyes, lungs, and nasal passages. Rid your barn of toxic air and choose from natural products that are also effective cleaning agents, such as baking soda, vinegar, or lemon juice.
Using a stall deodorizer can also safeguard your horse’s health and prolong the life of your stall mats and shavings. Sweet PDZ is an all-natural and non-toxic Zeolite mineral product that is safe for the environment and neutralizes ammonia and other odors in the stall.
Fecal tests are another way to reduce chemicals around the barn, paddocks, and your horse’s system. By deworming only when necessary, your horse is exposed to fewer chemicals that can be disruptive to his internal systems and that can cause residual buildup of toxins in manure.
Another easy way of making things a little greener is simple organization. Protecting your equipment can enhance its longevity and reduce unnecessary purchases. Noble Outfitters’ Ringside Pack holds all your essentials in a streamlined and stylish bag. Whether ringside or packing for a ride after work, this bag can save you time, money, and resources.
As equestrians, we have a great responsibility owed to the horses and the environment. Without the muddy boots, the fields, and a tree or two to find some shade on a hot show day, our sport just wouldn’t be the same. Simple options to “go green” abound and they might just become (dare we say it) second nature!
For a more in-depth look at eco-friendly options check out author Heather Cook’s The Green Guide for Horse Owners and Riders.