Eco-friendly Ideas For Horse Housing And Care

There are fifty-eight million horses on the planet and beautiful Australia is home to 221,000 of them, according to a report from FAOSTAT. The good news is that horses are classified as “weak contributors” to the global warming problem, in the opinion of equine expert, William Martin-Rosset, Ph.D. While other forms of livestock may cause more global warming problems, it’s still wise to initiate eco-friendly ideas for horse housing and care. Adding solar panels to stables, choosing sustainable horse bedding and making natural equine health remedies will help to minimize the environmental impact of keeping horses…and it just may save you money, too.

Go for solar power in stables

Solar power is a particularly good choice for stables that are remote, although it may be used in any location. A lot of stables are a reasonable distance away from main electrical power. With solar panels in place, proximity to electric “mains” just won’t be an issue. Examples of systems which may be powered up via eco-friendly solar panels include electric fences, stable lights, and security lights. According to John Grimes, who heads the Australian Smart Energy Council, using solar power to save cash is a “no-brainer”. As a nice bonus, it will reduce air pollution and help in the fight against climate change.

Choose natural and sustainable horse bedding

Eco-friendly horse bedding is easy to find through a range of Australia suppliers and it’s typically made from clean, natural, locally-sourced timber that’s sustainable. When you choose dry and warm natural animal bedding, your horse will be very comfortable. Also, you’ll minimize your impact on the planet. Look for eco-conscious horse bedding that is dust-free. It’s a superb substitute for sawdust or wood shavings.

Make natural equine health remedies

To avoid buying commercial remedies that aren’t organic, consider making your own equine health remedies. It’s possible to create a host of useful and all-natural hoof dressings, salves and bug repellents just by looking for organic recipes online. For example, Tea Tree Oil is known as a superb horse salve for wounds. It may be used on its own or combined with other organic ingredients. Natural remedies often cost much less to make, DIY-style, than they do to buy. Plus, they don’t have the chemical downside and you won’t be polluting the environment with product packaging.

Go green and save money

The tips shared today will make your horse housing and horse care greener in no time flat and they’ll save you money. While getting solar power up and running will require a cash outlay, think of the money that you’ll save down the line. Natural horse bedding will also cut costs and natural remedies are often much cheaper than their commercial counterparts. Since these tips are cost-effective and practical, why not put them into action today?

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