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  • #41
    HATE Pyranha Wipe n Spray.

    Hate Desitin, RepelX, Corona, Show Sheen

    Love Santa Fe Coat Conditioner (discontinued), like Vetroline Shine, Horseman's Dream Vet cream, Flysect Super 7, Slick n Easy, Thia-Cal and most supplements by Finish Line.


    • #42

      Cleantrax - cant live without this!
      My pink boot handled hoofpick, the best thing around
      EZ All bath system
      Rope Halter

      Koppertox - just nasty
      Hoof Oil/Conditioners


      • #43
        My four all time favs....

        Slick & Easy grooming block Great for de-shedding, gunk, etc.

        Canter Mane & Tail I am obsessed with tails and this is by far the best thing I have ever tried.

        Lucky Braids shampoo Leave them clean, shiny and soft.

        Healing Tree T-Clenz This takes care of bug bumps, itchy skin, any skin issue I have encountered.


        • #44
          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.


          • #45
            Love A & D ointment (from the baby aisle) and use it daily around the corners of the horse's mouth and on her butt (it's really dry here).

            Love Hoof Moisture as a daily hoof conditioner. You can spray it on and put it on wet hooves.

            Love Eqyus Surviver Detangler and Shine for tails, Mane and Tail Conditioner for tails, Eqyus Premier Shampoo.

            Love my Grooma Rake for combing out and my Solo Comb for shortening and thinning the mane.

            Love Omega Horseshine.

            Love Pentosan, adequan and legend!

            Love regular old Feibing's saddle soap in the can or the glycerin spray stuff. The stuff in the can is good when you want some grip, but does leave residue; the glycerin makes your tack look nice.

            Love my Hennig dressage saddle and Albion bridles!

            Love Ultrashield EX flyspray, my weatherbeeta airflow mesh combi fly sheets, weatherbeeta Kool Coat sheets, and Cashel fly masks. Love Rambo Supreme blankets.

            Love EVERYTHING Back on Track.

            Love my McKinnon Ice Horse boot and my continuous flow ice machine.

            Love Progressive Nutrition ration balancers.


            Effax Leder Combi--takes the black dye out of your tack.

            Pyrhanna fly spray--oily and burns!!

            Low rise full seat breeches (oxymoron, folks!).


            • #46
              MTG hate the smell, but . . . . sigh, it works.

              When my mare comes up I think of bbq smoke. DUE TO THE SMELL ya'll. I washed it out after a week with Corona and still smells. But lesser of a smell. Worked though. ICK.

              Must be the sulphur.

              LyteNow electrolytes.

              Biogroom fly spray, works well, and smells like baby powder. Gentle, can use on the dawgs too.

              Also love Corona. Working good.


              • #47
                MTG - I have used it for years and yes it is messy and smelly but it's awesome on any fungus the horse can get and it lasts because of the oil base.

                Cowboy Magic Detangler - works like a charm and smells good too

                Back on Track Wraps - expensive yes but they really help arthritic horses

                Corta Flx HA solution - has really helped by arthritic mare

                Vac's Polo wraps - they use the best fleece, it doesn't pill or strectch or roll

                Iodine Shampoo - works great to help shine and soften the coat as well as repell fungus

                World Beater blankets - www.jpsnorth.net They are specifically made for this company at the same factory as Weatherbeeta. They are all 1200D or more, and are european cut, with the higher neck.

                Furazone - while it does have it's uses, I have seen people have random reactions to it after using it for years and it is also said to be a carcinogen

                I can't think of anything else right now, I tend to stick with the stuff I like and know that works.


                • #48
                  Animal Legends Tea Tree oil for rain rot. I know some people hate it but it works so fast on my horse.

                  Thrushbuster- really the best

                  Preparation H- super amazing to have hair grow back on wounds after they have healed over. Very fast and keeps the healing hair the right color.

                  Desitin- for sunburned pink nose on my paint horse. He loves to rub his head all over me once I put it on...

                  All fly sprays... really have never found one I like. I'll have to reread this thread and try a few more.


                  • #49
                    Vetrolin green spot remover--much better than the Cowboy Magic one
                    Cowboy magic rosewater shampoo and conditioner
                    Bronco fly spray works on out flies!
                    Miracle Groom
                    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
                    MTG--to caustic
                    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.


                    • #50
                      Wanted to add to my list
                      I like Effol Hoof Ointment


                      • #51
                        Leather therapy 4 step system
                        Bossy bibs
                        Soft gel scrubby curry tools
                        Rambo blankets

                        Don't like
                        Bronco spray
                        Blankets/saddle pads not shaped to accommodate withers
                        Any time someone talks about their horse in a bar, there's love in the room.


                        • #52

                          This curry -- I have FIVE other curries that my horse hates (with a passion), but he *adores* this one. Really gets that upper lip going!

                          Flysect Citronella Flyspray

                          White Lightning for thrush, white line disease, etc.

                          Keratex Hoof Hardener & Hoof Gel

                          Apple cider vinegar-- for hooves (mixed with tea tree oil), rainrot, fly spray, etc.

                          Eqyss Premier Shampoo, Premier Rehydrant, & Avocado Mist

                          R.M. Minard's What A Melon shampoo (which Smartpak doesn't make anymore )

                          Olive Oil Replenishing Packs for tails

                          Derma Gel for cuts and scrapes

                          Chlorhexadine scrub

                          VetAg wound wraps

                          Uckele supplements

                          Effax Ledercombi


                          Thrushbuster, Koppertox, etc.

                          Hoof oils/conditioners

                          Pyranha Fly Spray



                          Show Sheen (for anything other than the tail, and only at a show--the stuff is seriously drying!)
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                          • #53

                            -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
                            -Farrier's Formula
                            -Ivory Soap

                            - Betadine: Would rather use chlorahexadine
                            - Most hoof oils/conditioners
                            - Show Sheen


                            • #54
                              Originally posted by Cowgirl View Post

                              Pyrhanna fly spray--oily and burns!!
                              Wow, really? Even with the lanolin in it? I was thinking of buying a large container of it next summer....


                              • #55
                                Healthy Hair care: I use it for main, tail, coat...great stuff and I have never noticed any residue or stickiness. My super sensitive horse doesn't react to it.

                                Clac Deo-Lotion fly spray: works great and one of the few fly sprays my horse doesn't react to.

                                Pelham ascot dressage boots (http://shop.horseboots.com/product.s...4&categoryId=8): they come in great colors and are easy to wash.

                                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.
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                                • #56
                                  Shed flower- picky mare actually likes that one!
                                  sore no more linaments
                                  mrs pastures cookies



                                  • #57
                                    Healthy Hair Products
                                    Shed Flower for sensitive Tb skin
                                    Birdsall's Farrier Barrier
                                    Farrier Formula
                                    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...


                                    • #58

                                      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!


                                      • #59
                                        Two more things not mentioned so far:

                                        Love - Tangle wrangler brush for brushing mane. Gets the
                                        knots out without removing too much hair.

                                        Espana's Silk Antiseptic Topical Spray for stopping
                                        rubbing out manes and also tail rubbing. Works
                                        well, smells nice, leaves hair nice to touch and
                                        stops the itching.

                                        My vet closet would not be complete without
                                        Today cattle mastitis medication. Great for
                                        treating wounds abcesses, and most any injury.
                                        Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
                                        Elmwood, Wisconsin


                                        • #60
                                          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.
                                          "I never met a man I didn't like who liked horses." Will Rogers