Archive for the ‘Equine Ecology’ Category
Did you know that majority of old horse shoes end up in a landfill? Well, luckily not all of them. I have recently returned from a trip to New Zealand. At my final destination I was welcomed by a beautiful work of art : “Laura” a 20 hand high Clydesdale mare made entirely from recycled horse shoes by a local farmer / artist. What a great idea how to re-purpose used horse shoes.
Isn’t she a beauty? Enjoy!
The EcoLicious Equestrian
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Have you ever wondered what it is you’re grooming your horse with? What is it made of?
Certain products in our grooming totes can be outright hazardous to the health of our animals, our earth, and our health. To stop the toxic overload we need to be more aware about our everyday choices: our horses & barn included.
So… what’s in your mane & tail conditioner or coat shine?
Most likely SILICONES.
Silicones are synthetic by-products coat the skin, trapping anything beneath it, and do not allow the skin to breathe (much like plastic wrap would do.) When skin treated with silicones get exposed to sweat, it gets irritated. Surprise – horses are sweating machines! Certain synthetic emollients are known to be carcinogenic and may accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes. And they aren’t good for our earth either – they aren’t biodegradable.
Instead of silicone based products try our customer’s favorite, silicone free De-Stress Intensive Restructuring Treatment made from 100% natural ingredients.
And what’s hiding in your horse shampoo?
SLS aka SODIUM LAURYL SUPHATE
Severe skin irritant toxic to fish and wildlife that negatively effects central nervous system. Try our SLS free Squeaky Green & Clean biodegradable shampoo.
In your hoof oil or conditioner?
What is it? Petroleum by-product that coats hoof & skin like plastic, clogging the pores, preventing them from breathing. And without oxygen, your horse’s hoofs won’t regenerate. Mineral oil irritates & promotes skin disorders and is often used in products that suppose to help get rid of the itch. Go figure. And remember : baby oil is 100% pure mineral oil.
All of the above products usually also contain parabens. PARABENS (methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl) are synthetic preservatives used to extend shelf life of grooming products. It’s toxic and can cause allergic reactions. At EcoLicious Equestrian we uses rosemary to preserve our products naturally.
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Your Horse. Your Earth. Your Choice.
Would like to know more about how you can detox your equine grooming routine? Visit ecoliciousequestrian/detox-grooming