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  • The truth behind Magic Cushion...

    The mystery of Magic Cushion. Wouldn't we all love to know?

    first:
    I like to pack my horses after jump schools, XC schools, trail rides, trailering....um....when I wake up in the morning, when they wake up in the morning...well, always. I like to pack them up always. Makes me feel awesome.

    I'd love to do it more often but the stuff is sooo darn expensive.

    second:
    My farrier recently suggested I put turpentine on the horses feets. We are pretty damp out here and everyone would benefit from it--if turpentine truly does help with soreness or bruising or whateve.

    third:

    I cut a whole bunch of feet and drilled lots of holes for some jump standards yesterday.
    oh yes! the plot thickens, pardon the pun.

    fourth:
    looking at saw dust (which I have an endless supply of)--
    looking at gooey annoying can of turpentine--
    looking at sticky Magic Cushion--

    got me thinkin....


    saw dust
    +
    turpentine
    +
    pine tar ?
    +
    Ichthammol for the antibacterial/anti fungal component
    A black drawing salve acts as a poultice on gravels or boils.
    Also use as an emollient or topical anti-infection healing ointment.


    would make Magic Cushion?
    here is what the label says:

    http://www.absorbine.com/assets/down...-tub-label.pdf

    Here is the label of another type of hoof pack...
    Contains 1.82% iodine, ichthammol and pine tar. Relieves hard, dry, sore feet. Maintains and restores hoof pliability. Combats bacterial and fungal infections. Keeps hooves growing, while preventing cracking and chipping. Can be used under all pads or packed in foot and wrapped with Vetrap/CoFlex tape, etc.

    Iodine
    Ichthammol
    Pine tar
    Turpentine
    + saw dust.
    = Kaboom Magic for feets.


    I def think Magic Cushion has Turpentine. I get that stupid stuff EVERYWHERE! They feel the same when I try to scrub them off with steel wool.

    Am I my own genius or the last one to the crawfish boil?
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    What other ingredients might be found in Magic Cushion?
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  • #2
    I think the "Extreme" version has capsaicin in it. (E.g. banned substance. )
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    fri [fri:] fritt fria (adj): Free
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    • #3
      Nurp, I just arrived myself. Surely there must be something...majikal as well? I am intrigued.
      Thoroughbreds: classic

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      • #4
        I thought it was ground up leather bits, not sawdust.... but i think you are on to something!

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        • #5
          It would be great to try to make your own. I nmght try it too.

          Most of the ingredients in all the stuff we buy are "inert." And most are "binders." Meaning most things are cheap and just hold the "active ingredients" together. learned that when I boarded with a friend who was finishing pharmacy school.

          Would be great if someone could make a generic formula of magic cushion and spread the word to all of us.

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            #6
            I just went and made it up and packed it in OKs feets.
            It was the same color and it smelled the same.

            I think the Extreme will either have capsaicin as suggested...
            But thought it was something like Spirit of Camphor or Chamomile. Those are banned as well.
            My vote is Spirit of Camphor.
            Used externally, it may help relieve the pain of rheumatism, bruises, chilblains and sprains.


            So, if you want to make "Extreme" Kaboom Magic Feets just add more of the above ingredients and then add a container full of Uckele's C4G Ointment.
            Wham Bam!! lol. Or find straight Camphor.

            I need to use finer saw dust though. My medium grade was a little fat.

            Gosh! I knew that all my hours watching Shark Tank would pay off eventually!!

            Originally posted by mvp View Post
            If you mix it, I will come.

            Sounds like a great idea, OP. But the mixing it up would suck.
            that was easy.
            I had to put the ichthammol in the microwave though.

            I just mixed up the saw dust and iodine in an old supplement tub.
            Then poured in the turpentine and ichthammol.
            Stirred it all up with a paint stick.

            Then I had to let it sit so the ichthammol would cool and become sticky again.
            I put it in the fridge. lol.

            I do think I want pine tar in it though. Love the smell of that stuff!

            Originally posted by tidy wabbit View Post
            It would be great to try to make your own. I nmght try it too.

            Most of the ingredients in all the stuff we buy are "inert." And most are "binders." Meaning most things are cheap and just hold the "active ingredients" together. learned that when I boarded with a friend who was finishing pharmacy school.

            Would be great if someone could make a generic formula of magic cushion and spread the word to all of us.
            Could be ground leather. But either way...as long as there is no allergy to pine then it should be no problemo.
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            • #7
              If you mix it, I will come.

              Sounds like a great idea, OP. But the mixing it up would suck.
              The armchair saddler
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                #8
                here is a generic I suppose.

                http://reboundhoofpack.com/

                It's 10 bucks cheaper than Magic Cushion
                Last edited by purplnurpl; Apr. 15, 2013, 02:20 PM.
                http://kaboomeventing.com/
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                • #9
                  LOL, now you know why I have always looked cock-eyed at people who gushed at me "MAGIC CUSHION IS AWESOMESAUCE OF WONDERFULNESS, LOOK, I BOUGHT 10 TUBS!!!" And I think, ummmm, did you read the ingredients? It's the same stuff we've been using for decades with brilliant marketing added to raise cost...

                  I always end up concluding that I chose poorly, wanting a career helping aneemalz, when I should have gone into marketing. Sigh.
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                    Originally posted by wildlifer View Post
                    LOL, now you know why I have always looked cock-eyed at people who gushed at me "MAGIC CUSHION IS AWESOMESAUCE OF WONDERFULNESS, LOOK, I BOUGHT 10 TUBS!!!" And I think, ummmm, did you read the ingredients? It's the same stuff we've been using for decades with brilliant marketing added to raise cost...

                    I always end up concluding that I chose poorly, wanting a career helping aneemalz, when I should have gone into marketing. Sigh.
                    you can't read the ingredients of Magic Cushion. That's probably why we love it so much!!

                    I think it's the use of the ground leather (or whateve) used to keep that packing in the hoof without having to wrap that is so splendiferous.
                    : )
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                      #11
                      Just a side note.
                      It could also be made into a form that you can paint on like when you buy straight Turpentine.

                      And/or
                      soak cotton balls in it. My Ichthammol was full of stupid cotton balls. I had to dig them all out. lol. I stuff my stud holes with cotton/Ichthammol.

                      You can use a hoof pick to smoosh the soaked cotton into the frog/heal area. then paint everything else...

                      whoot whoot!
                      (It's the little things in life that bring the most joy)
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                      • #12
                        Really? I could have sworn I read at least active ingredients when it first came out. But then again, I have a hard time remembering breakfast. I have never bought it for above reasons, but I am sure the self-packing is handy, that would make it tempting in our world of messy, annoying jobs.

                        I have used both turpentine and pine tar alone to brush on soles -- I'm not sure that it has any permanent effect, but it does help with stinging from hard ground or rocks for one who is sensitive for short time after application.

                        I'm a HUGE fan of Dura-Sole, it definitely made a big difference in hardening up soles as long as I kept on a schedule. Yeah, I'm really bad at that....
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                          #13
                          Yup, really. No ingredients.

                          hmmm...I don't think Magic Cushion has formaldehyde. I'm never stained after using Magic Cushion...and it sure doesn't smell like fixative...
                          could be wrong though.
                          But that Dura Sole sure stains me.

                          formaldehyde just toughens the soles...it doesn't draw any soreness out.

                          Magic Cushion
                          but it does help with stinging from hard ground or rocks for one who is sensitive for short time after application.

                          I think that is probably the reason most people like Magic Cushion for packing after shows/gallops/trail rides and so on. I think the ground leather probably adds some cushion--otherwise they could just call it magic pack. hehehee.
                          I guess that cushioning is why some use it under pads.

                          Personally, I wouldn't put it under pads. Never had the need. But maybe for lamanitic horses?
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                          • #14
                            Ok you all have to much time on your hands...I will just keep buying it.....

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                            • #15
                              OP, how about peat moss as the sawdust/ground leather ingredient.
                              The armchair saddler
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                              • #16
                                Doesn't it have arnica in it? I know I saw a hoof pack recently that had arnica. Love that stuff. Usually I pick up the Magic Cushion/other majical hoof stuff, look at it and think, wow, Kra-Z might really appreciate this! Then I see the price and set it down and look for wormer on sale for $1.99...

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                                • #17
                                  I just wanted to say that I love that you are calling your concoction "Kaboom Magic for Feets" and I also love that you reference Hyperbole and a Half's ADHD thingy.
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                                  • #18
                                    Personally, I wouldn't put it under pads. Never had the need. But maybe for lamanitic horses?
                                    I'm trying pads right now for my mildly lamanitic horse and this sounds like a great idea. he has pine tar stuffing right now but add all the super Kaboom Pow and old man's feet might feel great.

                                    thank for sharing your tinkering around, I want to try it, so keep posting tips if you don't mind (we have 8" of snow and I am stuck inside today!).
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                                    • #19
                                      I think you'd have to fool around with the quantity to get the right amount for under the pads. and just right on the moisture content.

                                      Cody would love to be a trial horse for this!!
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                                      • #20
                                        Pine tar.
                                        Pine tar.
                                        Pine tar.
                                        Add whatever you want to it...the pine tar kills everything.
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