Why should I change to shampoo bars for my horse and where can I buy them?

When riding and caring for our horses, it’s important to be conscious of how the products we use can affect the world around us. Not only is it helpful to invest in recycled products for you and your horse to wear, but there are many simple ways to use less plastic when grooming and bathing your pony.
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Reducing our use of plastic, even by doing something so seemingly inconsequential as using a shampoo bar for your horse instead of a bottle, decreases the amount of plastic in the ocean, lessening the deaths of marine life and the destruction of natural reefs. Not only this, but the production of plastic requires an extensive amount of energy, leading to a rise in carbon emissions and contributing negatively towards global warming.
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So how can you help?

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One company who produce eco-friendly shampoo bars are See Change Now seechangenow.co.uk, they create bars of shampoo suitable for your horse and dog, keeping them clean and shiny whilst protecting the planet. The product is affordable and easily available, an innovative new idea for equestrians to try right in front of our noses. Reviews have described them as extremely helpful in cleaning any coloured horse, with a lovely scent too! 
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Another environmentally friendly soap company is Steed And Soul, who not only produce soap without excessive plastic packaging, but have designed the bars into a massage shape, giving your horse a more enjoyable bath. Having many different types of bars, some ingredients include: aloe vera, antioxidants to help soothe itchy skin and coconut oil for that extra shine. Find them on Instagram (@steedandsoul) to check out more about their excellent products!
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Honest Riders shampoo bars are known for being not only much more beneficial for the environment, but more practical for you too. Using a bar of soap means less will drip onto the ground to be wasted, therefore lasting much longer than your average bottle. Direct application removes the need for you to buy sponge after sponge: you can simply wet your horse and shampoo, apply and rinse afterwards, saving your time and money. Available for only £11.95, they are the ideal choice for anyone that needs to regularly wash their pony.
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Whitening shampoo bars can also be purchased at Polished Ponies Ltd, a company specialising in selling show-ring quality grooming products, including a high quality soap bar. With two types of bars for whitening grey horses and adding shine to their coat, they are efficient for whatever horse you own. For plastic reduction, they come in paper packaging or reusable mesh bags.
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Written by Rosa