-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.
- 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.
For-a-Flex joint Supp
Fluid Action HA joint Supp
U-gard ulcer prevention Supp
Thinline Fleece Saddle Fitter pads County whip/jumping bat KK 2 type ultra loose ring bit - discovered these last year, they are wonderful!!!
wool dress sheets
Rambo/Rhino/HW Ireland blankets
Ariat paddock boots
Full grain 1/2 chaps (that look like tall boots)
Cotton lead ropes
Small mesh hay nets ABI Arena rascal arena drag - I LOVE this! IRH Extreme Elite helmet
SSG all weather gloves
Horseman's one step Bienenwachs Lederpflege-Creme for deep conditioning and a little stick : )
County Logic Girths
Finish line poultice - LOVE!
SWAT Wintec Comfort contoured saddle pads
velcro safety trailer ties & cross ties
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?)
Shires small hole mesh hay nets
Herm Sprenger hole punch (worth every penny)
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!)
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)
Oh! This was a fun read...some of these I've never heard of, but want to try!
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!
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.
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.
Ariat Paddock Boots and Half Chaps
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
Bronco Fly Spray
plastic water buckets with flat bottom
Excaliber sheath cleaning gel
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! =]
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
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.
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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.