Sustainability is not much of a conversation within the equestrian world, but it should be. Considering that equestrians are obviously animal lovers, we all have an interest in protecting the planet that the world’s critters call home. While there are some options for eco-conscious grooming supplies and tack, the selection is pretty limited. In the following article, we’ll discuss some ways that you can be more eco-friendly at the barn.
1. Keep track of your stuff and take good care of it.
This one seems obvious, but in the hustle bustle of the barn, sometimes we lose track of grooming supplies and tack. One way to reduce waste is to take good care of your things and use them for a long time, especially because there are lots of products for horses that will last “forever”.
2. Buy used tack and clothing.
Whenever possible, it’s a great idea to reduce waste by buying pre-loved tack and riding attire. (It’s easier on your wallet, too!)
3. Use grocery bags for poultice paper.
Instead of buying poultice paper, you can cut paper grocery bags to the size that you need. It’s a win-win: you don’t have to buy the paper and you’re repurposing something that is usually a single-use item.
4. Sweep out the cross-ties, don’t hose them.
Hosing down your cross-ties at the end of the day is the easiest and quickest way to keep everything looking tidy, but it’s a huge waste of water. It’s more sustainable to spend the extra few minutes sweeping instead!
5. Share leftovers from the kitchen as treats for your horse!
Our equine partners can eat a lot of foods that we eat, too. Reduce food waste by sharing horse-safe food scraps with your four-legged friends!