I have a grooming mitt with both a thumb and an index finger it is closed at the top cannot remember where I bought it but it is the best! I can stick the finger in ears to rub them and much easier to wrap around legs fro grooming.
I also vote for Orvis as the most economical shampoo around.
I found an extra large hoof pick at Equine Affaire that makes quick work of my mares huge hooves.
Baby wipes for udders and the dock area also nice after I get grungy brushing her.
Vetrolin green spot remover--much better than the Cowboy Magic one
Cowboy magic rosewater shampoo and conditioner
Bronco fly spray works on out flies!
3M carbon dressings--the best thing for dressing serious, weepy wounds.
Stubben saddle soap, preferably the hard version in a tub, but the liquid does in a pinch.
Most oil-based fly sprays
Corona ointment in a tube--like a tube of concrete if it gets below about 70 degrees.
Cut-Heal. Yech, gets everywhere, impossible to remove, reeks.
-Back on Track boots: Amazing results for my horse that had an annular ligament injury
-Vetrolin Products: Smell good, love the Vetrolin Shine for tails
-Elevate Vitamin E: Good source of Natural Vitamin E for my EPM horse
-Thrushbuster: A little goes a long way!
-Witch hazel: For scratches
- Betadine: Would rather use chlorahexadine
- Most hoof oils/conditioners
- Show Sheen
Effol hoof ointment: no gross stuff in it and works well for my horse's bad feet in our dry weather.
Valentine's Hoof Ointment: similar to effol. Overall great stuff.
Boudreaux's butt paste: great for blanket rubs or other minor skin irritation.
Johnson & Johnson baby lotion or baby oil gel: great for blanket rubs to encourage hair regrowth (then top with butt paste for protection). Also good for any dry spots. I use it around the edges of my horses mouth and muzzle.
Baby wipes: great for mild spot cleaning and leaving a light hine or getting dust off at shows. Also great for cleaning hands after grooming.
Hair spray and baby powder: great for getting socks white and repelling arena dirt at shows.
Horsetech bioflax 20: great hoof and coat supplement
Cashel Crusader fly masks: both my horses got out of them while they were still fully velcroed. Neither horse leaves it on for more than an hour despite verifying I had the right size etc.
MTG: I wanted to like it and it did encourage hair growth, but it also made my horse's skin flake and peel wherever it was applied.
That is all I can think of off the top of my head.
Healthy Hair Products
Shed Flower for sensitive Tb skin
Birdsall's Farrier Barrier
Pyrannah Spray N' Wipe (applied delicately) since it's the only thing that seems to work
Equifit Buckets for Water - no slime layer!
Silvadene for cuts in dirty areas (lower legs) that might be resting in poo at night
Plain old liquid Ivory soap for sensitive skinned horses
Back on Track products
Euro cooler from Smartpak - looks amazing - much fancier/nicer than a usual Irish, dries wet horses quickly and keeps them warm on those foggy early summer mornings
VAC polo wraps
Dover brush boots for turn out - cheap, get the job done
Rambo everything - fits great and all have shown great durability
Dry Cow for Thrush
Too much showsheen
Repel-X, Deo Lotion, Equisect all failed to work for me
"Heidi" brush boots - I had 1 pr. Heidi and 1pr Dover. The Heidi's cost > 3x more. Guess which boots stood the test of turn out time?
Smart Bug Off - fail
Any nasty sugary horse treats since they turn most horses into pushy obnoxious monsters
Thrush Buster - stains and yet does not work
Polar fleece blankets, etc. = static that would shock the hair off a monkey - seems like a good way to turn a horse into a "bad blanketer"
Baker Sheet - rough material that repels nothing and absorbs everything. So rubs hair and reeks of urine and poo There are better sheets out there...
Gall salve - minty green paste great for hock sores, wounds. Stays put!
Saddle Soap - in the tin. Makes my saddle feel like BUTTER. Not greasy, cleans and conditions beautifully in one step.
Cowboy Magic - the detangler. LOVE the smell and feel.
Equisect Fly Spray - have used for years. Love it.
Swat - miracle worker to keep gnats off "under-areas", keeps flys off lower legs better than anything.
Corona - hate that it hardens so easily in the cold (in the tube) but it's also great stuff.
Platinum Performance CJ - works wonders on my older gelding. Ran out of it once for a week and a half and it was MORE than evident. We are now on auto-ship
Not alot of "HATES" but wasn't a fan of Neatsfoot oil. SO messy and my dogs love the taste and hover around me when I use it .....waiting for drips. It didn't seem to do much for my saddle. Went right back to my Saddle Soap!
I love Rio Vista Equine Shine although it's gotten hard to find. Much better than any other coat finishing product I've used.
I also love Equisect Super 7 fly spray I've used it since the '80's, when it 1st came out. Works really well on bots and horse flies.
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