Sustainability in everyday horse life


The topic of sustainability and environmental protection is an important topic nowadays. Only if we treat our environment responsibly we have the chance to protect it.
The problem, however, is that we live in a consumer society where there is much in abundance. Many products are made of plastic or are packed with a lot of plastic.
This is not only the case in our normal everyday life, but also in the barn. But how can you counteract all of this?

Plastic-free grooming

Many cleaning boxes are made of plastic, but that’s not all. If you look into the grooming box, a lot of it is mostly made of plastic. Hoof pick, curry comb and brushes are not immune to plastic.

BPA-free brushes or brushes made of wood with vegetable bristles or a grooming box made of stainless steel.

Feeding trough and bowl

The feeding trough in most stables is also made of plastic. Often, however, you can see a lot of scratches through the teeth or even small crumbled areas. However, food residues quickly settle in the scratches and bacteria develop. Such a plastic trough is also usually more difficult to clean.
The same applies to normal plastic feed bowls, in which muesli, mash, etc. are often given. Here, too, food residues can get stuck due to scratches and the often hot mash also loosens microplastics, which the horse takes in with the food.

Alternative :
To counteract this, there are feed troughs made of stainless steel or feed bowls made of stainless steel .

Feed packaging

Next time you go shopping in an equestrian shop, pay attention to how many treats are packaged in plastic. Regardless of whether it is a plastic bucket or in a plastic bag, you can hardly avoid it. If you then think about how many packs of treats you use up, you end up with a lot of rubbish.

Alternative :

  • Baking treats yourself is not only fun, but you also know the ingredients straight away.
  • If you don’t feel like baking or have time to bake, it’s better to buy a large pack instead of many small ones.
  • Look for treats packaging without plastic

Care products without chemicals

There is a lot of chemistry in many care products, but unfortunately it is not always on them. According to the law, animal care products are classified as chemicals. In contrast to humans, for whom all care products are considered cosmetics, not all ingredients have to be listed. Horse shampoo, for example, is one of the cleaning agents.

This chemistry gets on your horse, in the skin and also in our environment.

Speaking of care products: Unfortunately, fly spray is also full of chemicals.
One active ingredient that is very effective in repelling flies is DEET. Unfortunately, DEET can have some side effects as well. In humans, for example, skin irritation, tremors, muscle weakness, shortness of breath, etc. can occur.
In addition to DEET, permethrin is also used, which is a neurotoxin and highly toxic to the environment.
Here, too, not all contents have to be listed, or chemical synonyms are used, as in DEET, N-diethyl-m-toluamide.

Alternatives :
Pay attention to organic and ecological products or mix them yourself, then you know what’s inside.

These are just a few of the ways in which sustainability can be practiced in everyday life in the stable. With a few small and conscious changes, this can also be implemented quickly and easily.
So to a more sustainable future for you and your horse.