Natural Grooming Products for Horses
The following is a guest post from Rose Hoeppner of Midoricide Natural Pet Products.
For many years, harsh grooming products have been used in horse care. It was typically believed that the stronger these products were, the more effective they would be. Fortunately, we are learning that this is not the case. In fact, there are many benefits that come from using natural grooming products for horses.
There are a variety of natural grooming products on the market that provide excellent skin and coat care. They range from coconut-derived shampoo, natural flea and tick control for pest repellency and protection, gentle skin moisturizing products, fragrance-free detangler, and much more.
When examining many traditional horse grooming products, you’ll find ingredients such as propylene glycol, fragrances which are not derived from essential oils, sulfates, higher content of alcohol, and several different harsh preservatives. What are we really paying for?
Many of these harsh chemicals do not cause skin damage right away but will slowly degrade the health of our horses over time.
There is a slowly-growing trend toward more natural and safer horse care involving holistic approaches. Even though not all synthesized materials are bad for you, many of the grooming products that grace the labels of horse and pet grooming products have proven otherwise.
Selectively choosing natural and safer alternatives for overall long term sustainability will provide better care for your horse. Here are four items to take into consideration for natural horse care.
- Mild Liquid Shampoo – Mild natural shampoo is considered gentle on skin, even so that they are used in baby shampoos. These shampoos provide gentle cleansing and lather. With the right balance of natural and essential oils, they can establish excellent skin care for your horse. Many commercial shampoos use surfactants which are harsh and can dry out the skin (but are typically cheaper in cost). However, the issues they create add the cost elsewhere and still end up “taking more money” out of your pocket. At Midoricide, we use coconut-derived mild shampoo enhanced with a natural essential oil blend which provides anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic properties, as well as protection from insects and flies.
- Waterless shampoo—Waterless shampoos are a fairly new form of skin cleansing for both horses and pets. There are several ways of using them: (1)They can be sprayed lightly and gently rinsed, or (2) they can be applied lightly to allow the deodorizing and cleansing effect to take place without rinsing and gently wiping. This is why the kind of surfactant used for waterless shampoo matters. They dry quickly and can provide skin moisturizing, and even deodorizing effects to keep the flies away. The kind and quality of oils used in the waterless shampoo matters. Waterless shampoo containing essential oils mixed with Quillaja (flowers containing natural soaps) makes it a truly powerful combination. Quillaja are effective in many skin issues such as itchiness, dandruff, hair thinning, hair loss, and fungus. It is also considered a food grade ingredient.
- Anti-Itch & Skin Care Oil– When applied to skin, many oils are either greasy or have a “chemically processed” smell. However, using selected oils which are non-greasy and non-clogging can provide exceptional skin care benefits. A balanced blend of natural and essential oils provides an excellent skin care oil for horses. These oils can also provide anti-inflammatory support, skin repair recovery, and moisturizing effects, as well as redness, eczema, dandruff reduction.
- Natural Flea and Tick Control– Last but not the least is using natural essential oil-based flea and tick spray. There are many flea and tick products available on the market today. The health implication associated with using toxic pesticides makes natural flea and tick control a much better alternative.
- Research has linked several different pesticides with conditons such as cancer, endocrine issues, and neurodevelopment problems for children. Not only is this affecting our horses and other pets, but us as well.
The unfortunate thing is everything we do, from what we eat, to what use for bathing, what we spray on our bodies, what we clean our homes with, and what we spray on our horses and pets all comes back to us. Sometimes, we can’t prevent things in life but we can always make choices to work toward a better outcome.
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