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  1. #81
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    Love:

    -Thinline wool fleece half pad

    -Ovation fleece girth -- it's washable, and real fleece is far and away superior to synthetic in terms of cushion and wicking

    -cat-sized slicker brush to fluff up all this fleece between washings

    -Ogilvy baby pads -- finally, a baby pad shaped like a horse's back. I have to order them from Canada but it's worth it.

    -Arc de Triomphe leather grooming halter -- weird yet beautiful, and both sides of the throatlatch have snaps. An indulgence, for sure.

    -EquiFit gel bands -- put'em on your ankles to break in tall boots. Instant relief.

    - Hydraulic dump attachment for my Gator's cargo box. Trips to the manure pile are now as pleasurable as a drive in the country.

    Sort of love:

    - Rambo Supreme turnouts. Slight dip in quality recently, but still superior to anything else I've tried. My barn-hating pasture puffs stay bone-dry in the worst downpours, and they don't slide around even without leg straps. Wish they'd redesign them with better wither relief, and an easier hood/liner attachment system.

    - Triple Crown Safe Starch Forage. My horses love this chopped timothy/orchard grass, and it's been a dogsend here in Central Texas where the drought has made hay impossible to find. But it's goofy expensive and a real pain in the butt to feed; hoisting those 50-lb bags every day isn't good for aged crones.

    Hate:

    - Every kind of breech ever made, including the vaunted Tailored Sportsmans. They universally do not fit humans. Either too tight in the calf or too loose in the waist.

    - Every kind of fly spray ever made. None of them work for more than 10 minutes and they're harsh chemicals. They're like bottles full of hives and cancer.

    - Supplements, nutriceuticals, horse whisperers, animal communicators, and any other expensive therapy purported to work miracles without any science to back it up.


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  2. #82
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    Love: Zephyr's Garden products. ALL of them!
    Also love Canter Mane & Tail for de-tangling.
    Most Rambo turnouts. See below.

    Don't Love: The smell of Repel-X....ugh.
    Rambo Quarter Horse blankets/turnouts.



  3. #83
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    Crone of Cottonmouth -since you live in TX what do you use for fly repellant/protection?
    "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain



  4. #84
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    LOVE
    Vetrolin Liniment
    Jelly Curries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    For-a-Flex joint Supp
    Fluid Action HA joint Supp
    U-gard ulcer prevention Supp
    County saddles
    Schleese saddles
    Thinline Fleece Saddle Fitter pads
    County whip/jumping bat
    KK 2 type ultra loose ring bit - discovered these last year, they are wonderful!!!
    blingy browbands
    wool dress sheets
    Rambo/Rhino/HW Ireland blankets
    Weatherbeeta blankets
    Quillin Halters
    Equissentials breeches
    Ariat paddock boots
    Full grain 1/2 chaps (that look like tall boots)
    Irish knits
    Cotton lead ropes
    Small mesh hay nets
    ABI Arena rascal arena drag - I LOVE this!
    IRH Extreme Elite helmet
    SSG all weather gloves
    Corona
    Laser Sheen
    Horseman's one step
    Bienenwachs Lederpflege-Creme for deep conditioning and a little stick : )
    County Logic Girths
    Vetwrap
    Finish line poultice - LOVE!
    SWAT
    Wintec Comfort contoured saddle pads
    Ivory Soap
    Sheet cotton
    Stall mats


    HATE
    Bigeloil Liniment - burns my TB
    Oster big handled brushes
    Flower shedder
    HandiHone Universal Blade sharpener
    Nylon lead ropes
    Halters without throat snaps
    Cheap automatic waterers
    Elastic back blanket straps
    Cheval Itch-B-Gone Supplement
    Rope Halters
    Bull snaps
    Saxon Blankets - the blanket part was fine, but on the one I got the hardware easily bent!
    Cashel pads with no lift in the gullet/wither area
    Daily wormer
    Eqyss - smell great but don't seem to do much
    Blacktree Farm
    Lessons, training & sporthorse sales. Proud supporter of our buckskin German Warmblood stallion, Yeager GF.
    Blacktree Studio
    Graphic Design, Web Design & Photography.



  5. #85
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iride View Post
    Crone of Cottonmouth -since you live in TX what do you use for fly repellant/protection?
    I use Solitude feed-thru and a gazillion of those stanky fly traps that look like IV fluid bags. Gross, but better than inhaling half a bottle of Pyranha every morning.



  6. #86
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Crone of Cottonmouth County View Post
    I use Solitude feed-thru and a gazillion of those stanky fly traps that look like IV fluid bags. Gross, but better than inhaling half a bottle of Pyranha every morning.
    Click here before you buy.



  7. #87
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    I thought of some more:

    LOVE
    Woof & WeatherBeeta boots
    Fleeceworks halfback pad
    All-in-one jump cups
    Pelleted bedding
    Super long Arabian showmanship bats for groundwork
    Leather Therapy Wash
    Rubber Reins
    Kiwi latches

    HATE
    Bungie Cross ties
    Metal tined manure forks
    Straw
    Blacktree Farm
    Lessons, training & sporthorse sales. Proud supporter of our buckskin German Warmblood stallion, Yeager GF.
    Blacktree Studio
    Graphic Design, Web Design & Photography.



  8. #88
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    I'll just list my "likes":

    velcro safety trailer ties & cross ties
    ISP ointment
    good old fashioned metal toothed shedding blade/sweat scraper with the nice leather "handle"
    italian gum pull on bell boots
    Schneiders Euro Extreme Turnout Sheet
    Five Star bridle
    Irideon Windpro breeches
    Eqyss Blanket Wash (any idea if it's back on the shelves yet?)
    Equifit bucket
    Rubbermaid wheelbarrow
    Shires small hole mesh hay nets
    Easyboot Easysoakers!
    Simple Boots
    Durasole
    Herm Sprenger hole punch (worth every penny)
    US Rider!!!
    Dr. Fosters rubber toothed curry grooming attachment for vacuums (works fantastic for cleaning the dog hair off furniture)
    Alushield wound spray
    Arco Moser cordless clippers (so quiet!)
    Odoban
    rubber mesh grooming mitt/glove - knocks mud off so easy!
    Sole pack hoof patties / hoof dressing
    Keratex hoof hardener
    12' yacht braid lead ropes (Blocker lead ropes)
    Cindy



  9. #89
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    Bumping this up because it's a great thread



  10. #90
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    Oh! This was a fun read...some of these I've never heard of, but want to try!

    Likes
    Corona: wonderful on cuts and scrapes, regrows hair well. Farrier also recommended applying it to the coronet band a few days a week. Keeps brittleness at bay.

    Healthy Hair Care Concentrate: love this "pink spray". Smells great, nice detangler without the silicone. I apply it after every bath or rinse, helps with dry skin and dandruff.

    Bigeloil: I also use liniment gels (absorbine, sore no more, etc. like 'em all!) But a cost effective thing I do is toss the liquid bigeloil in a spray bottle with water. Spray it on legs, rub it in. No loss sloshing it around and losing it down the drain!

    Horseshoer's Secret THRUSH AEROSOL: Same active ingredient as koppertox, in an aerosol spray! Very neat, easy to use, and effective

    Animalintex Shaped Poultice Pads: easy to use! (can you see a theme here? ) fast application, and reassurance it'll stay in place.

    Andis Clippers: The quiet 2-speed clippers are the bomb. Yes, the bomb. Two complete body clips with one set of T-84 blades. If you take good care of these clippers, they will take good care of your coats.

    Winner's Circle Beastie Brushes: perfect stiff brush, quick flicks and lasts forever. Nice small size for easy toss-and-go at horse shows etc. Keep one in the wash rack, one is the trailer, and one in the grooming kit!

    Belvoir conditioner (jar), cleaner & conditioner (spray): works great! easy easy easy. Tack looks and feels wonderful afterward.

    Any Carr & Day products. Expensive, but high in quality.

    Eskadron Memo Boots (love!)

    Non-horse products that are super useful!
    A repeat, but skin-so-soft! Great in ears and under bellies for fly bites...ouch.

    Vaseline, duct tape, diapers.....

    Listerine in tails and manes, reduces itching. Mix with water in a spray bottle.

    Oh! Cat toys as ear puffs....buy a 6-pack of neon cat toys (soft ones...look just like "Pomms") for about $3. Easy to spot if they fall out, and even cheaper to replace!

    Dislike
    Any products that leave a strong "residue" like CalmCoat (started out loving this product, but didn't always have the best results), MTG, showsheen (only in tails at shows, otherwise it's too much).

    Gallop Whitening shampoo....eh, for less money QuickSilver gets the job done every time.



  11. #91
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    Sticking to horse care products I love, these are two lesser-known ones that are awesome:

    Posture Prep Groomer: http://www.postureprep.com/

    Equipro Bed Sore Boots: https://www.equipro.com/Bedsore_Boots_8FUL.html

    And these two ^ are made by small businesses in the US, people who really care and don't spend tons of $$ on advertising.

    I also like Sore No More products, Miracle Groom, Eqyss Micro-Tek gel



  12. #92
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    Fun thread!

    Love:

    Wilker's wraps- so much better than no-bows! Very durable

    Antares anything- their leather is so beautiful and high quality

    Tailored sportsman trophy hunter breech- hands down, best breeches ever!

    Lucky braids shampoo- I love the shine this puts on my horses

    Plain old glycerin soap- nothing leaves tack with a prettier finish

    Ammonia- I love to use diluted ammonia to clean my tack

    Smartpak saddle pads- love the fit

    Thin line pads- great shock absorbers, no bulk

    Uptite poultice

    Poultice paper- sooo convenient!

    Electrogroom vacuum- best purchase EVER!

    Lister star body clippers

    Hate-

    Bronco fly spray

    Microtek shampoo

    Oster brushes



  13. #93
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    Discobold, I wonder how Equipro's hock boots are...by any chance have you tried those? I have a horse with chronic hock sores from the way he lies down

    https://www.equipro.com/Hock_Wrap.html
    "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain



  14. #94
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    Dynamint- leg and muscle rub. Works great and smells great. I guarantee someone comments on how nice my horse smells every single time I use it.

    Back on Track- all the products are great, I really like the no bow leg wrap.


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  15. #95
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    Love:
    Everything Epona! Functional and great looking, especially:
    For the mane and tail:
    http://eponaproducts.com/massage_pin_brush.html
    Both Tucker and my husband love this. I use it for massaging and currying:
    http://eponaproducts.com/gummy_brush_scrubby.html
    This is great for baths and for gettin sweat marks around the face and ears:
    http://eponaproducts.com/all_purpose_grooming_mitt.html
    and of course, the shed flower:
    http://eponaproducts.com/shed_flowers.html

    Hilton Herbs!
    Bye Bye Itch lotion and supplement...the only product to help stop the itching and encourage the mane and tail to regrow. A link to my testimonial is on their website.
    Hoof and Health...my farrier has never seen Tucker's feet look so good. Incredible amount of growth, cracks are gone and he has dapples!
    Phytobalm...great for the first aid kit at the barn and at home.
    Coal Tar, Neem and Tea Tree shampoo

    Equiderma. I mix 1/2 bottle with 2 tubes of diaper rash ointment. Great for slathering ears and midline to protect sores from the damn bugs.

    Devon-Aire's All Pro Max breech. Lightweight, moisture wicking and really flattering:
    http://www.devonaire.com/Devonaire-L...-pid-2496.html

    Vetwrap
    Skintastic. I use this to make flyspray.
    Microtek Medicated shampoo
    Farriers Fix


    Won't Buy Again:

    MTG
    Koppertox
    Ariat
    Lori T
    www.calypsofarmeventers.blogspot.com
    www.facebook.com/LTEquine for product updates on the lines I rep



  16. #96
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    Love:
    Ariat Paddock Boots and Half Chaps
    Cowboy Magic
    Fleece gloves with leather palm
    String gloves with leather palm
    Plastic water buckets with a groove for your hand on the bottom
    breakaway and leather halters
    Cavallo hoof boots
    Poulin Senior
    Bronco Fly Spray

    Don't love:
    all-nylon halters
    plastic water buckets with flat bottom
    EZboots
    Excaliber sheath cleaning gel



  17. #97
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    i have to second a previous poster's recommendation for Vasoline! it isn't a horse specific product, but i use it on the corners of my mare's mouth when she goes in her happy mouth as a bit butter and it works amazing! no more mouth sores! i also use it on a pressure sore she got on her back from a blanket, again amazing results! I use the Cocoa Butter Vasoline! =]



  18. #98
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    and another "non horsey" product that is amazing is RUBBING ALCOHOL!!! as a brace for legs! had to start using this because of all the liniment that "tests" and i was skeptical but a rubdown with diluted rubbing alcohol after a heavy work or jump, and her legs are cool and tight
    its amazing.



  19. #99
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    Iride, I've never used Equipro's hock wraps, but I am super impressed by their other products.



  20. #100
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    For the long legged beanpole child:
    -Ovation Field Boots. They've really held up well and is one of the few brands that actually offers a TALL in their child range. Wear well right out of the box and hold a shine nicely.
    - Ovation Breeches. Bit pricey compared to a few other brands but hold out longer and the full seats have nice stick for when the pony tries to dislodge her.
    - Essex Classics Kids Coolmax Performance Collection Show Shirt. In Texas heat these are a life saver. Not as stain resistant as a mother would want but catch them on sale and they are fabulous.
    -SmartPak Cool-Tech Show Shirt. DD has a really long torso and many shirts just aren't long enough for her. These are and again they look fabulous when the jackets are waived.
    For the Pony
    Mrs. Pastures Cookies for Horses - Pony will eat almost anything but this one brand he'll actually do tricks for.
    Winner's Circle Horsehair brush - Now their synthetic brush is horrible and not worth a dime but the horse hair brushes are fabulous and a great size for small hands.
    Goat Hair Soft Brush - I am a bit of a brush snob and like the soft brushes more than synthetic. Most of the horses I deal with have short coats and this is awesome for the horse who has sensitive thin skin.
    Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
    Originally Posted by alicen:
    What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.



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