One of our all time Favorite Products to use daily, or right before a show, that leaves a mane and tail with something to talk about. This is one of the few products we've used that seems to control the tangles, leave a shine, and repel dirt. Yes, we said it - REPEL DIRT. We had to over-apply the product before it really started to hold the dirt. Word to the wise on this one - Less is More! What's even better than that is that if you've got a serious case of "helmet hair" after a tough day at the show or on the trails a dab of this sweet smelling product will come to the rescue. Apply a dime sized amount to the palms of your hands and work it through your hair to give it a little shine and softness. You'll be glad you did! As the picture shows the Detangler and Shine comes in several different sizes and prices. We suggest you look at this as your horse's hair insurance policy - and pinch a few extra pennies out for this one, a little goes a long way!
Getting braids tight and beautiful can be a real challenge when the pressure of a show is lingering. Keeping the mane sectioned and tidy to keep those braids tight can always use a little help with a little hair glue. If you are the avid braider like we are you know the value in Quick Braid. A great product that gets all the flyaways to be neat and tidy while still allowing your fingers to work. Spray it on each section, then finish your braid for a look that's stunning. For a price of right around $8 you will be set to braid all show season.
Photo Credit: Haggart Beach Photography
"M" is for Muscles....
If you've ever worked your horse in the middle of summer - or just on a hot day in some climates - you need to cash in on this great product. Vetrolin Liniment is great for helping the horse's muscles recover, rid of inflammation, and relax. Brought to us by Farnam, the liniment can be most useful as a brace in the summer months. With 5 essential oils that leave your horse's coat looking great, this is a great addition to any post-workout hose down. Other properties of this product include a camphor scent and a non-lathering solution. We've found it to invigorate the muscles, relax the horse, and aid in the prevention of soreness/stiffness after a hard workout. The best part is this is quick and easy to use: Fill wash bucket with water. Measure/add liniment. Sponge onto your horse. Scrape off. Done. We do caution you to read the label for the amount of liniment needed for your bucket size, and as always be aware of your horse's sensitivity to products. If you are using this for the first time try adding less than the directions suggest, then increase if no skin reactions are seen. Throw a bottle of this in your tack trunk this season for $10 -$12 for the 32oz version. LOVE this product? Grab a gallon to share for around $30.00.
Make sure to check out the link above for great deals and coupons from Farnam!
A great investment for you're horse's foundation.
From changes of season to the extreme wet or dry we've got a product that will be worth EVERY penny. Sure we're fans of other paint-on products for conditioning and protecting the horses' hooves, but let's face it - most of them don't work for the majority. Tested and true, any farrier who's used this will tell you that it will seal AND strengthen the hoof. As product testers ourselves we can agree. With a quick application once a day to once every other day the results will be a much healthier, stronger, and overall better foundation for your horse's well being. If you have the horse who is constantly pulling off shoes due to soft feet, or the barefoot horse who tends to go lame when he looks at a stone you will want to "pick" a bottle of this off the store shelf.
Talk to your farrier and we bet he will agree that this product is worth it's weight in gold. As always contact your vet and farrier if you have a soundness issue that might be helped with better hooves. Bottom line is your new hooves will cost you.... around.... $60.00.... and you won't have to think twice about the quality of the return from Keratex.
Buy 18 different types of conditioner, hardener, or other hoof product and you'll spend more and get less than what Keratex can do. The choice is yours!
For More information on this and other products visit the website: Keratex.net
Healing Properties Beyond All Others
An aerosol that sticks to wounds, comes in a small easy to handle can, with the ability to repel water, seal, and increase healing this product covers the topic. Neogen products offers one of the greatest products for protecting that minor abrasion, cut, or sutured area from the elements. With a quick spray of silver a topical wound can be sealed from dirt or moisture. This non-sticky, non-rigid bandage goes on like spray paint and can be reapplied as needed.
Why does it work? Pick up a container of facial powder or acne cleanser and you may find a common ingredient with this topical equine spray - aluminum. Scientific research will show that the reason aluminum is prevalent in astringents and sprays such as Alushield has to do with a natural ability to cause skin to pull together. When skin pulls together the healing process can begin. We've used this on all different types of wounds and will never reach for the ointment again. Next time your horse has an abrasion, a small cut, or an injury where a physical wrap or bandage can't be applied give this spray a try. Seal out the dirt and moisture while allowing the area to breathe and heal. Pick up a bottle of Alushield almost anywhere topical vet supplies are sold for about $14.
Get more information about this and other wound care products from Neogen Here.
The Next Generation of Wound Care
Here's a great product that's new to some markets, but very familiar to others. Brought to us by Innovacin, Inc. this gel spray is sure to do more than just dress a wound.
We've used this on some nasty abrasions, cuts, and infections with great results. The easy application of spray and go makes this perfect for those tough to dress wounds. Have a horse that can't handle any type of spray bottle? Apply the gel spray to a clean towel, or your clean hand, and apply as needed.
What can it do for you? ~ Increase the potential for wounds and abrasions to heal in less time.
~ Completely safe and legal for use in FEI sanctioned events.
~ Treats wounds without drying out the skin or creating a burning sensation when applied. With no alcohol and a balanced pH this product offers No pain with much gain.
Pick up a bottle for your first aid kit today for between $20 - $30, (depending on the bottle size) at most tack and farm retail stores.
Need more information about this and other products from Innovacin Inc.? Check out their great website by clicking Here.
If you have a light colored horse of any color you know that dirt is your #1 issue when it comes to getting ready for a clinic or show. Here's the secret - you'll never find it in the horse aisle. We found this perfect 'poo when we were just tired of scrubbing the Grey horse you've seen plastered all over our site. We tried every purple goo out there we could get our hands on, but the stains just kept lingering. In an effort to think outside the box we wound up at the local salon and the perfect 'poo was found - trix So-Silver. If it can work to remove the yellow from human hair we knew those stains didn't stand a chance.
Here's how to use it: ~ After the initial rinse we put the shampoo in our hands and scrubbed the legs from the knees/hocks down. Leave this area soak while you wash the body of the horse (3-5 min). We found this was exceptionally important when dealing with socks. ~Wet down the tail and work in shampoo evenly. Add additional shampoo as needed for tough areas like the end of the tail. Leave the tail soak while you wash the body. **Use caution not to leave any purple streaks as these areas will become lighter than the others.** ~Add the shampoo to a bucket of warm water and apply with a sponge or loofa. Scrub with a little elbow grease, making sure not to miss any areas of your horse. ~ Rinse Thoroughly, beginning with the legs and body, ending with the tail.
Give it a try: Visit any local Salon or Retailer (Ulta, WalMart) who carries the Matrix product line. Pick up a 33 ounce bottle for around $20.00. As always, keep your horse's sensitivities in mind when using this, and other products that are not directly intended for animal use.
Need more information about this and other Matrix products? Check out their full line of haircare productsHere.
Pain in the......
Chest... Rear....Neck... Calling the Vet for vaccinations each year can be more costly than you realize. We know that a huge portion of the working class has some type of medical background, be it Veterinary or Human. When it comes to vaccinations the difference between the two comes down to placement and type of vaccination while the basics remain the same. **If you have not received any training for the administration of vaccines or injections of any type we suggest you seek this prior to treating an animal. If you have training we suggest that treatment should only be purchased from a reliable source, and administered to horse(s) owned by the administrator. We also advise that if a horse is Insured to check with the Insurance Co. prior to administration for policy limitations.**
Now that we've covered a bit of the safety/legal aspects and you've made a decision about your true qualifications...... Give this a Try: Head to your local Tractor Supply Co., Farm & Fleet, FleetFarm, or any other Farm store. Pick out the type of shot needed for your horse, check the expiration date, head to the checkout, and keep the vaccine cool until it can be administered. Depending on the type of vaccine you will find that this will save you $50.00 (a vet call charge), and an additional $10+ on the vaccine itself. Not too bad for some vaccination savvy savings. Just remember: You are not a vet.
Go Green for Great Hooves
If you've ever smelled the breath-taking stench of hoof rot you know it takes some tough treatment to get rid of it. We've highlighted a few products that definitely improve the overall health of hooves, however sometimes you need a little more bacteria-fighting power to get the job done. The copper base combined with Mineral Spirits and an Alcohol carrier makes Kopertox our most potent thrush fighter YET. Here's How to Use it: Clean out the hoof well, making sure to get in all the crevasses and creases around the frog. We used a metal hoof pick with the brush on the back. Look for soft spots and keep your keen sense of smell as you get all the debris out. If your horse has thrush you will find that soft spots and stench will not be in short order. We suggest you grab the disposable gloves and put those on before using the Kopertox. Be forewarned: The brilliant green color has been known to stain whatever it touches. Add the Kopertox liberally to the infected area by brush or a little squirt, give it a moment to soak in, and place the hoof down. Treatment suggestions can be found on the label so check that out before you dive in. As with any type of treatment your results will vary if you don't stick to a program with some type of regularity.
Give it a Try: Your buy-in cost for the product will be somewhere in the $17 - $25 range (less expensive than a Farrier Call!) for up to a 16oz. bottle. Compare that with the other products out there that are less potent and you'll see the savings. The real question is why does it work so well? Bottom line is that the Copper Naphthenate (the green stuff) inhibits the bacteria causing the thrush. This combined with the Mineral Spirits and alcohol dries up the area and minimizes the ability for the bacteria to continue thriving. By treating the area regularly the bacteria doesn't stand a chance. Find this product at most Equine retailers, or order it online. For more information on Kopertox and other products from distributor Zoetis clickHere.
We got sick and tired of being covered in dirt from the elbow down every spring when we attacked the dried mud during our grooming sessions. The little hand-held curry versions were soft enough for legs, but brutal when it came to full body use. If you've used one of these you know that eventually your arm and hand gained 90% of the dirt you removed from the horse. While the horse loved the massage the shower drain hated the mud when we got home. No fear - we've found a great product that has not only reduced our dirt attraction, but still gets the job done without denying our horses that great massage. Meet the Oster Mane and Tail Brush. Yes, it was originally designed for hair, but we thought it was a bit to aggressive for those prized tails and lush manes. Instead we gave it a try on the main body of our horses and LOVED the results!!
Here's How to Use It: By the Handle. Just grab on and go. Starting at the top of the neck and working toward the tail we used this paddle-type spiney brush in strokes and small circles. We avoided areas like legs since the bristles are like those of a pin-type hairbrush and used our good 'ol rubber curry for those areas. Our horse loved the neck, belly, and hindquarter massage while we loved that our hands stayed cleaner than normal. Give it a Try: Oster makes a great product so we gladly paid the $11.00 for this grooming tool. Again, we weren't too thrilled with it's use on our thick tails and well groomed manes, however it was well worth it for less mess and more productivity. We felt that we conserved a little energy as well by letting the tool do more work and our arms do a little less. Although we considered that the average curry costs a bit less we found that time, energy, and cleanliness was well worth it.
Check out this and other great Oster products by clicking Here. We were impressed with the quality of more than just their clippers!
Not your AverageShedding Blade
If you have allergies you know EXACTLY how bad loose hair can set off your body. If you have performance horses and don't clip during the winter months you're in a panic to get the Winter coat gone before your first show. If you have a busy schedule you know that life isn't kind when it comes to either of these situations. You're a horse owner and shedding season comes with the title, but does it really have to be such a chore? We've come across a product that seems to satisfy the allergies, the winter coat, and the time battle that shedding season presents.
Not originally made for the horsey type "The Furminator" is shedding season's best kept secret. We're happy to say that the professional dog groomers out there have done their research by helping us equine people battle seasonal hair with their prized product. We first started looking for an alternative way to remove a winter coat when a client had extreme allergies. She loved grooming her horse, but couldn't take the loose hair and dander flying around from the conventional shedding blades. Even worse was the fact that her clothing was also covered and continued the irritation AFTER she left the barn. We got our creative juices working and headed to the local Tractor Supply Co. to find an alternative. We found several options from shedding blocks to rubber scrapers claiming to "grab the hair" but didn't see the effectiveness. We needed something quick, easy, and time effective for the client. Down the dog grooming aisle we found The Furmonator. It was a little more pricey than we would have liked (at just over $50.00) but when we thought of the needs of the client this was the tool that would let her do the job and not suffer for it. If it doesn't sound economical in price at first, you're right, but then put in the following factors: increased allergy medicine doses, cost of paying a groom, and bonding time with the horse. With that considered it was literally priceless to the client. The best part... it had a hair ejection button - she didn't even have to touch the clumps of loose hair!
How'd we Use It? Going with the hair we worked from the top of the head to the tail over the main body of the horse. We took caution to not use The Furminator over ANY boney parts (legs, shoulder blade, point of hip) because of it's metal structure. Apply pressure liberally and the hair gets caught in the brush. Empty it often with the hair ejection button and watch the winter coat disappear. Due to the simple stroke and constant empty nature the amount of dander and loose hair flying through the air is minimized. It's quick, simple, and easy enough for adult or young adults to use.
We suggest that anyone that might be in the same position look at this investment as a viable option for their grooming. For professional grooms this may be the answer to getting that winter hair shed out before the first show of the season WITHOUT body clipping. Less mess, less time, and more results The Furminator delivers!
For more information on this great grooming tool check out The Furminator from Spectrum Brands!!