Part I: Going Green with Sport Horse Essentials
So unless you’re color blind, 99% of my posts include my oversized dapple grey pony, Donovan. It was always my dream to one day own a grey, but I never thought about the extensive amount of elbow grease that would go into keeping him clean and stain-free! Not only that, he has three white legs and that skin is pretty sensitive, so the products I use need to be good enough to get the stains out but gentle enough so I don’t irritate his skin. (That is why you always see me schooling in polo wraps and not boots. Trust me, I’ve tried many different brands but he still always ended up tender & irritated due to them, no matter what type of footing we were on.)
So… to begin, I’ve fallen in love with a brand that I now love for grooming. Sport Horse Essentials, or SHE, was started by a lovely, amazing woman 100% dedicated to creating natural equestrian products. I was lucky enough to be able to ask her some questions regarding SHE and it’s mission – I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I enjoyed learning!
So, where does Dianna get SHE ingredients from?
“We get only the highest and best quality ingredients from one of the best companies called New Directions. They have received numerous awards for their top quality in products. They are awesome!” (You can check out their website here.)
What are long term goals for SHE?
“I’m in this for the long haul! I LOVE making a product that actually works, and it’s so rewarding at the end of the day to see happy customers and shiny beautiful horses! All my customers are amazing. Most send in photos showing their love, I just eat it up it makes me so happy!”
& Dreams for SHE?
“I want to be the next Show Sheen, but let’s see… I want to make everyone’s horses coats shiny, naturally, and get the word out about what toxic ingredients are really in their everyday grooming products – such as hair drying factors and long term health issues.”
Can we use SHE products on our puppers, too?
“Yes I use them on my dogs! I use the Coat Spray after a bath on my 90 lb Doberman and if he is being bothered by flies, I use the Fly Spray. The only thing is, I can’t claim that it’s 100% safe like I can with horses because there are a few essential oils that are toxic to dogs, such as tea tree and peppermint oil. However, it comes out in such small amounts that I don’t worry, because I don’t think it’s nearly as toxic as your normal every day over the counter dog sheen spray, shampoo or other grooming products.”
(ECE did some research and came to the conclusion: just don’t leave the bottles hanging around for your pup to get into – not that we think he/she would – we doubt it tastes that great! Topically the essential oils are okay to use on pups, but oral application is not. If you are concerned, check with your vet prior to using.)