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Magic Cushion vs. Hawthorne's vs. Forshners

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    Magic Cushion vs. Hawthorne's vs. Forshners

    Is there a difference? I've used Hawthorne's and Forshner's but haven't tried MC yet. I can't find full ingredient lists...does anyone know the composition of each?

    I have used MC, but not the others. MC looks like venice turpentine with leather bits in it. It worked great every time I have had to use it.



      I love Magic Cushion. Fantastic stuff.
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        Ditto - magic cushion - really great stuff!
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          I like Magic Cushion a LOT. I also like Forshner's, just not as much. I have them both in my tack trunk as we speak. Magic Cushion can take out soreness overnight, but it is VERY sticky. Forshner's is more like black tar, not as sticky.


            I have used Forshner's which is very thick and I believe is alot of pine tar? , other hoofpacking and Magic Cushions, both orginal and Extreme?

            They alll work a little different. I know there is no Capcasin in MC, it has a fiber to it and is suspended in a super sticky jelly that smells like venice turpentine and it can work wonders on a foot sore horse.

            Forshner's is nice to use after a long day of showing, and I find that basic hoof packing (mostly clay and other ingredients, alcohol, menthol) can also be quite soothing.


              I prefer Forshner's

              IMHO ~ both are very good products but I prefer FORSHNER'S ~
              Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                Forshners is out of production I heard
                "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"


                  Back on the market and doubled the Price ~

                  Originally posted by mroades View Post
                  Forshners is out of production I heard

                  Back on the market and "doubled" in price
                  no need to ask me how I know
                  Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                    Forshners = good under pads or for packing dry feet/ loosening up retained sole,mild antibacterial.

                    Hawthorn sole pack= good under pads w/ a bit more antibacterial properties,will help some w/ minor soreness.(contains iodine)

                    Magic cousion= pure Vennice tupintine(just processed differently)


                      I've used all 3 and prefer Magic Cushion. The new XTreme version doesn't work any better in my opinion than the original so I won't be wasting money on that again.


                        MC works best on those thin soled OTTB for me anyway.


                          Original Poster

                          bumping this up to add another question.

                          how long do you leave it in the hoof (assuming you're not using it under pads in which case it stays until the next shoeing appt.)?


                            I prefer Hawthorn's to Forshner's , use MC as I deem appropriate, always use Oakum in conjunction with either product, and have found that the time tested 50:50 mix of Venice Turpentine and Pine Tar is basically as effective as any other concoction, commercial or home made. Problem with MC or VT/PT is that they are really messy to work with so I always wear disposable latex or nitrile gloves when working with those products.

                            When using any of the products without pads, I prefer to have them changed/renewed every couple of days.


                              Original Poster

                              I'm going to have to google oakum...I have no idea what that is or where to get it.

                              The hawthorne's seems to be staying in 24-48 hours by itself (I don't wrap or tape over it - just stuff it in). I usually get to the barn every night, but last night I decided to leave it in rather than picking it out just because it seems wasteful. The only problem with my system is that my gray mare ends up with yucky tar spots on her elbows from when she lays down. Ugh.

                              Totally agree on the gloves. The first time I applied the hawthorne's I didn't use gloves. I had to paint my nails a deep purple to hide the grime that I couldn't scrub out, and everyone around me kept asking, "What is that weird smell?"


                                Originally posted by meaty ogre View Post
                                bumping this up to add another question.

                                how long do you leave it in the hoof (assuming you're not using it under pads in which case it stays until the next shoeing appt.)?
                                When I was using it, I would just leave it in until it fell out. Most of the time that was the next day, after my ride.

                                Originally posted by meaty ogre View Post

                                The hawthorne's seems to be staying in 24-48 hours by itself (I don't wrap or tape over it - just stuff it in). I usually get to the barn every night, but last night I decided to leave it in rather than picking it out just because it seems wasteful. The only problem with my system is that my gray mare ends up with yucky tar spots on her elbows from when she lays down. Ugh.

                                Totally agree on the gloves. "
                                If you use the MC, I'd recommend gloves as well...for the "stickiness" factor. My farrier was just telling me that, at her supply store, there are these blue pads that will stick to the bottom of the hoof. So you put in the packing, "seal" it with the blue thing and voila! no more sticky elbows. Haven't tried them myself, but sounded cool.