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  • #21
    ORVUS!!! Although technically not a horse product, far and away the best bathing shampoo EVER.


    • #22

      Bossys Bibs - best thing ever for wither, shoulder and chest rubs under blankets, sheets and fly sheets!

      Orvus Shampoo - probably the best stuff hands down I have ever used!

      Gamgee Tissue - the best stuff for putting on a cut and then wrapping with vetrap

      Swat - probably the most effective fly repellant going for isolated areas

      Some GREAT stuff on here I am looking up as we speak as I havent heard of it before!

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      • #23
        Another LIKE: Bucus Fly Masks. Da bomb!
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        • #24
          Poultice, probably my favorite product EVER
          Flicks fly spray
          Silver sulfadiazine for wounds
          Animalintex poultice pads for abscesses
          chlorohexadine scrub
          Platinum Performance

          Betadine (I still can't believe so many horse people use it over chlorohex)


          • #25

            Show Sheen for tails only. Hate what it does to coats, but works wonders for combing out tails. I use it about 3x a week on my guy's tail or whenever its too tough to comb out with just a brush.

            Show Sheen Detangler: This is the clear stuff in the little bottle. It smells fabulous and makes their tails so shiny. I only put it in his tail for shows, otherwise I just use regular Show Sheen for detangling. My only complaint is that if you put too much it can get a little oily.

            UltraShield fly spray: This is literally the only fly spray I have ever had work. Yes, its pricey but I'm perfectly willing to pay it if it works well. Also, it is one of only a few sprays that kills ticks as someone else mentioned already, and even though this won't prevent a tick from getting on him ever, it certainly helps and gives me peace of mind.

            Corona ointment- Love this over scars for growing hair back and over scabs or other closed wounds for quick healing. Works great on closed hocksores too.

            Furazone Ointment: Love this for open wounds or wraps despite the "cancer" warnings For what its worth, my dad's a vet and we've had many a discussion on if Furazone could cause cancer. The answer is no. So I continue to use it because I really like the product.

            Uptite Poultice: Love this poultice. It never gets too watery, stays at a great consistency, goes on well, dries overnight but doesn't dry too quickly either, and comes off easily. Can't get much better than that in a poultice.

            Absorbine Hooflex: Loveeee! I just moved my guy to a new barn and his feet have been super dry. This has been working wonders for his feet. It has an odd smell but it goes on easily with a brush and dries quickly.

            Miracle Groom: Don't use this really for its inteneded purpose as a winter/cold weather bath substitute but it works really really well for that annoying ground in dirt that just keeps coming the more you keep brushing. I hate it when that happens and this is the only thing that helps besides giving them a full bath with shampoo. I just spray some of this onto my brush and the stupid dirt just vanishes

            The Ultimate Hoof Pick: I know a lot of people think this is a waste of money and I did too, but then I got it as a gift and it truly is the best hoof pick ever. I do wish it had a brush on it but other than that, it's awesome!

            Rider's Choice Turnout Sheet: Love this sheet. Fits my boy great, a wonderful weight for a sheet, and most importantly, its durable: going onto its third year of service as a tunrout blanlet and it still looks brand new!

            I am sure there are other things but that is all I can think of at the moment for likes.


            Absorbine thrush treatment: Doesn't have the same active ingredient as Koppertox, thrush buster, etc. and doesn't do a thing. Have tried using it multiple times and have never had it work. As soon as I switched to Koppertox, thrush cleared right up. I will admit however, that I do put my Koppertox into the Absorbine bottle for ease of application

            Absorbine hoof polishes: While I like the way they go on, look, and stay on they are much too hard to remove and are not worth it. If they were easy to remove, they'd be on my love list.

            Again thats all I can think of for now on the dislike list. This is a great thread! Keep em' coming!


            • #26
              Originally posted by Elisha28
              The horses absolutely loved them and unlike most treats, they are substantial in size so your horse really feels appreciated! These treats come packed in the most beautiful jars and bags and they would make a great present for a horse lover this Christmas.

              They are not expensive and start at £3.99 for a gift wrapped set of I Love You’s. These treats are a lovely idea and are great for when you really want to spoil your horse and offer them something a bit different to the norm
              Which treats?


              • #27
                How can I forget my horses favorite treats:

                Mrs. Pastures cookies! - easy to carry in your pocket and my horses love them hooves down to any other cookie.
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                • #28
                  Endure fly spray is the only one that works well for my mare's sensitive skin and it lasts quite a long time.

                  I love Cowboy Magic for keeping her mane and tail tangle-free. I've heard others say it dries their horses' manes and tails out with regular use, but I've not experienced that at all.

                  Corona ointment is a good all-around product for minor scrapes and dry spots. A real plus is the tube lasts a very long time (at least for me).

                  Rainmaker hoof conditioner, while not inexpensive, really reduces the chipping that my mare's hooves are prone to.


                  • #29

                    I second the Canter Mane & Tail conditioner. Great stuff and silicone free!

                    Omega HorseShine

                    My jelly scrubber-how did I ever live without it!

                    Same for my 20+ yr. old Grooma rubber curry.

                    Farnam Supermask II-I get a good 2-3 years out of these.

                    Schreiner's wound spray

                    Not really specifically for horses, but I LOVE my 1gal. ShopVac with Valley Vet's grooming attachment, for both vacuuming and blowing the coat.

                    Recovery EQ-noticeable difference. Can maintain on a small dose.

                    Generic Desitin. Great for preventing scratches; keeps gnats from biting ears.

                    Sore No More linamint, liquid or gel

                    Furminator. Found it for $24 in Home Goods and well worth it.


                    Show Sheen--loaded with silicones. May as well use Armor All

                    Schneider's T/O sheet. Lost waterproofing in 2 years. The correct size for my 14.2 arab hung to his knees, surcingles were for a horse twice his size, and the neck opening was for a much larger horse.


                    • #30
                      Well, I was on a mission to figure out how to manage my horse's unruly tail. It is curly, dry, and prone to dreadlocks. In addition to regular shampooing and conditioning (usually a dandruff shampoo and cheap people conditioner), I have found the best product for his tail is the Cowboy Magic detangler right after it is washed. His tail is so much healthier and easy to manage now. It is soft and smooth, not sticky, oily or dried out. I did not like the Eqyss Avocado spray -- too sticky. Healthy Hair Care is a bit too oily, but I have used it mid week to prolong the Cowboy Magic detangler with good results. I prefer Show Sheen over Vetrolin Shine for horse shows, but either one is fine for show applications. I do not use them otherwise as they are too drying. I have seen too many things go wrong with MTG, that I have stayed away from it.

                      I also like Tea-Clenz Anti-Microbial Concentrate for helping prevent and heal scratches on their legs.


                      • #31
                        I could not live without my rubber grooming mitt! I probably end up replacing it once a year since I use it so much, but it is worth it!


                        • #32
                          Originally posted by doublesstable View Post
                          How can I forget my horses favorite treats:

                          Mrs. Pastures cookies! - easy to carry in your pocket and my horses love them hooves down to any other cookie.
                          i forgot them too! my horse is a treat snob, but loves Mrs Pastures.


                          • #33
                            The big blue Electro Groom vacuum. Couldn't live without it! Yes, they are expensive, but I have had it for about 30 years with very low maintenance costs.

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                            • #34
                              Technically not for horses, but Avon Skin So Soft is hands down my favorite "horse" grooming product. We use a capful in half a bucket of water as a rinse after every bath or hosing off. It helps repel flies, soothes dry or irritated skin, and I swear it keeps their coats from fading! I use it instead of flyspray, mixed with vinegar and water. I even use it on myself!


                              • #35
                                Ditto on the Skin So Soft! I dunno what the hell I'm supposed to do with it as a human, but I've been DRENCHING my horse in it for various reasons for years. Fantastic in bath water, the key ingredient in my fly sprays...looove it.


                                • #36
                                  VETWRAP &amp; ABSORBINE GEL LINIMENT


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                                  • #37
                                    Originally posted by kelsey97 View Post
                                    Technically not for horses, but Avon Skin So Soft is hands down my favorite "horse" grooming product. We use a capful in half a bucket of water as a rinse after every bath or hosing off. It helps repel flies, soothes dry or irritated skin, and I swear it keeps their coats from fading! I use it instead of flyspray, mixed with vinegar and water. I even use it on myself!

                                    Ohhhh that stuff is amazing. I found a couple new uses for it this summer! A horse I was leasing had rain rot and dew poisoning, even after medicated shampoos. (Didn't have any of the go-to stuff...Eqyss....so had to improvise) I would put a couple capfuls in a bucket of HOT water, let it cool, then sponge it on the areas to soften the scabs enough to pick them off. Worked like a charm! He was healing after two days of the treatment.

                                    It also works wonders on dry itchy scabs or bite marks, or if your horse has girth marks.
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                                    • #38
                                      Miracle Freeze Mudd - fantastic for pulling out inflammation and tightening legs. I've used it after cold hosing and lately after ice boots and can't imagine life without it. Even helped decrease windpuffs on my gelding. Smells weird though.


                                      • #39

                                        Slick n Easy Grooming block. MUCH better than a curry comb and gets out the stains.

                                        Cowboy Magic Rosewater Shampoo. Mild but effective and leaves coat soft for days.

                                        EFFAX LEDERBALSAM- For any leather. Just plain awesome stuff.


                                        Cowboy Magic Yellow Out- Seemed to do the opposite and was very drying.

                                        Absorbine Supershine Clear- Did NOT do anything in the way of adding shine to my horse's hooves. They ended up looking more dull!


                                        • #40
                                          And if I had one:

                                          The Electro-Groom vacuum is AWESOME. Wish my barn now had one!