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Natural Sponge

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Natural “wool” (no relation to actual sheep) sponges are the elite of the natural sponge world with unsurpassed absorption, softness and durability. They hold water extremely well and can be used for all washing and cleaning purposes but most importantly they are more pliable and easier to use on detailed tasks like tack cleaning than the common natural “grass” sponge.

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    Natural Sponge is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 40.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this sponge It's well worth the price because of the way it feels, works and lasts. Sometimes there's just nothing like the real thing!
    Date published: 2013-09-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Absorbent Great sponge, very absorbent, easy to rinse, would love to have one slightly bigger for the body
    Date published: 2013-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm impressed!! I honestly didn't know how a sponge could be worth $14, but I am amazed! So absorbent and sturdy! Easily washed out, and looks brand new again. I may buy the smaller tack sized one as well!
    Date published: 2013-07-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Natural Sponge - face and Body Great product! I would highly recommend this over any other sponge. This is wonderful for giving your horse a nice cooling sponge, getting off the grunge and just generally for any use you would use a sponge for. A must have for all equines and their people.
    Date published: 2013-06-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from luxury sponge half of me wants to kick myself for spending this much on a tack sponge, but the other half loves cleaning tack with this wonderful sponge that retains water, cleans well, and makes the tedious chore downright luxurious.
    Date published: 2013-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from natural sponge I love the performance of natural sponges. I've occasionally bought the synthetic type because they're cheaper and readily available but I always regret the decision and come back to the natural ones. They hold water better than the synthetics and their nubby texture is great for scrubbing. I bought the large size which is perfect for bathing. The price is a bit high but I haven't seen them cheaper elsewhere.
    Date published: 2012-08-18
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Much Smaller Than Expected Although this sponge is described as "large," it's anything but large. It fits in the palm of my hand. That said, it is very absorbent and works well. It's just much smaller than expected.
    Date published: 2012-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I was looking for I was looking for a sponge to wipe my mare down after shows but it's hard to find one big enough for bathing. This one is the perfect size for the job and holds a surprising amount of water too. I was a little worried that it was going to be too stiff but the moment it hit the water, it was perfect. It seems like it will hold up well and not shred like some synthetic sponges. Even though this sponge is pricey, so far I'd say it's worth it and hope it holds up for the season.
    Date published: 2012-06-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than Synthetic I had seen someone use a natural sponge to wash their horse and had been looking for one every since. What I noticed was the size, and the sponge's capacity to move flexibly around a horse's joints when being stiffness or partial contact when moving around non flat surfaces.I also noticed that it held a lot of water and soap...usefull characteristics when you don't want to bend down and put your sponge back in the bucket for more soapy water every few seconds.I looked at three tack stores in my area, and never found one.Finally, I found one at SmartPak and ordered the large.I've used it once and found it to be a little smaller than I had hoped for, but it's not too small and it's very useful.It's still a little stiffer than I had wanted....not at all like synthetic sponges though. One reviewer stated that issue ceases after the first use, however.All in all, although I wish it was cheaper, and just a tiny bit larger, it's the best sponge I've had for bathing my horse and a sponge does make a difference in how easy and quick bathing goes.
    Date published: 2012-03-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love thsese sponges I purchased these sponges because the tack sponges were out of stock and I was in desperate need of sponges. I got 2 small sponges and I love them! The hold my saddle soap and water nicely and clean up a storm. They are made nicely and do not break. They came a bit stiff but as soon as I put them in water they were softer than ever.
    Date published: 2011-12-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice sponge This natural sponge is very water absorbent. I especially like using this sponge on my horse's face as it is very soft. I am hoping that it lasts a long time as it was on the expensive side for a sponge.
    Date published: 2011-10-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to use holds up well for several baths. Holds a lot of soapy water. Doesn't fall apart after several uses.
    Date published: 2011-10-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sponge I had bought a couple of sponges from walmart to use for bathing horses...they didn't last more than a month. I decided to get one of the Natural Sponges from SmartPak and it's great. Really holds water and soap for baths, it's soft, yet very durable. With our heat and drought, I pretty much bathe after every ride (with gentle mikrotek or lucky braids shampoos!) and it looks as good as the day it arrived.
    Date published: 2011-09-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sponge For me it is just the right size for my hands. Great for bathing.
    Date published: 2011-08-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good natural sponges! These are very good natural sponges, perfect size for tack and they are good quality. No spines or rough spots to rake your tack, very smooth.
    Date published: 2011-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Pleasure to Use This sponge holds water better & is easier on your joints to squeeze water out than a synthetic sponge. Definitely worth the few extra bucks! Will only buy natural from now on.
    Date published: 2011-05-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kinda Small Ordered the big one and it was still really small, would suggest going through a sponge seller instead. This is not a good value in spongyness. Plus I wanted a more durable sponge for washing the horses that would really clean and this one started falling apart after five baths.
    Date published: 2011-05-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great size sponge I was a little worried about buying this sponge without seeing it in person as the other natural sponges I have purchased in the past have been too small for my tack cleaning tastes. This one is a perfect size. Large enough to get the job done but still easy to hold in my hand.
    Date published: 2011-04-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much better! These sponges are much better than the other synthetic sponge. It really wicks the dirt away quicker
    Date published: 2011-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really better than synthetic! After reading other positive reviews, I decided to give these a try and I'm glad I did! I am using less cleaning product for my leather tack and really like the texture of the sponge and think it will hold up better, especially going over buckles, compared to synthetic sponges. The sponge is crunchy at first, but that goes away in the first use. They are also fairly large and I cut one into three pieces that are tack sponge sized.If you go to google if sea sponges are "ok" to use, beware of google's predictive search, a little NSFW. Apparently sponges are being used for other things too, but they are harvested responsibly and in a way that lets them regrow. Give them a try!
    Date published: 2010-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Love These! The small is perfect for tack cleaning, and rinses out very, very easily. I've found it works much better than the small synthetic sponges. The large is excellent for bathing and is nice and soft for wiping sensitive faces.
    Date published: 2010-09-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best These natural sponges are the best ever for washing horses & tack. They last forever!!!!!!! FANETTE
    Date published: 2010-05-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST sponges I LOVE the natural sponges. I have the synthetic ones for light duty, but for really cleaning before a show, you cannot beat the natural. Plus, all of the product acutally comes out of the natural sponge.
    Date published: 2010-05-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sponge - great price Excellent sponge. I use it with Tattersall Soap for tack cleaning.
    Date published: 2010-01-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid value This sponge is the sturdy natural kind I was looking for. I expect it to last - my old one of this type has served many years. It is fairly coarse, good for scrubbing!
    Date published: 2009-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tack cleaning sponge! This sponge is great for tack cleaning. I've only used the small round tack sponges before, and they don't hold up that well. This sponge is really soft yet really strong! Great for cleaning all your tack. I use it with regular glycerine soap. I hope it holds up for a long time (I've only used it twice so far)
    Date published: 2009-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Naturally clean The pores in the natural sponge are great for scrubbing. The best part is that it is completely non-toxic and much more durable than a synthetic sponge.
    Date published: 2009-05-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ooh La La Meets Rugged I am completely in LOVE with the Natural Sponge (strange, I know). The tack cleaning size is ideal for just that, tack cleaning. The texture of the Natural Sponge removes the dirt and grime much better than an artificial sponge. The bathing size is also great because it has wonderful 'recovery'- when you squeeze out all of the water, it puffs right back up and doesn't stay compressed like an artificial sponge can. And they are rugged enough that they last a long time, the bathing ones seem to last longer than the tack cleaning ones for me but that could all be my tack cleaning zest! ;) I love the Natural Sponge so much; I even bought one from SmartPak to use with body wash in my own shower!
    Date published: 2008-07-09
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