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  • #81

    -Thinline wool fleece half pad

    -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.
    Dreadful Acres: the chronicle of my extraordinary unsuitability to country life


    • #82
      Love: Zephyr's Garden products. ALL of them!
      Also love Canter Mane & Tail for de-tangling.
      Most Rambo turnouts. See below.

      Don't Love: The smell of Repel-X....ugh.
      Rambo Quarter Horse blankets/turnouts.


      • #83
        Crone of Cottonmouth -since you live in TX what do you use for fly repellant/protection?
        "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain


        • #84
          Vetrolin Liniment
          Jelly Curries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          For-a-Flex joint Supp
          Fluid Action HA joint Supp
          U-gard ulcer prevention Supp
          County saddles
          Schleese saddles
          Thinline Fleece Saddle Fitter pads
          County whip/jumping bat
          KK 2 type ultra loose ring bit - discovered these last year, they are wonderful!!!
          blingy browbands
          wool dress sheets
          Rambo/Rhino/HW Ireland blankets
          Weatherbeeta blankets
          Quillin Halters
          Equissentials breeches
          Ariat paddock boots
          Full grain 1/2 chaps (that look like tall boots)
          Irish knits
          Cotton lead ropes
          Small mesh hay nets
          ABI Arena rascal arena drag - I LOVE this!
          IRH Extreme Elite helmet
          SSG all weather gloves
          Laser Sheen
          Horseman's one step
          Bienenwachs Lederpflege-Creme for deep conditioning and a little stick : )
          County Logic Girths
          Finish line poultice - LOVE!
          Wintec Comfort contoured saddle pads
          Ivory Soap
          Sheet cotton
          Stall mats

          Bigeloil Liniment - burns my TB
          Oster big handled brushes
          Flower shedder
          HandiHone Universal Blade sharpener
          Nylon lead ropes
          Halters without throat snaps
          Cheap automatic waterers
          Elastic back blanket straps
          Cheval Itch-B-Gone Supplement
          Rope Halters
          Bull snaps
          Saxon Blankets - the blanket part was fine, but on the one I got the hardware easily bent!
          Cashel pads with no lift in the gullet/wither area
          Daily wormer
          Eqyss - smell great but don't seem to do much
          Blacktree Farm
          Lessons, Training & Sporthorse Sales.
          Blacktree Studio
          Graphic Design, Web Design & Photography.


          • #85
            Originally posted by Iride View Post
            Crone of Cottonmouth -since you live in TX what do you use for fly repellant/protection?
            I use Solitude feed-thru and a gazillion of those stanky fly traps that look like IV fluid bags. Gross, but better than inhaling half a bottle of Pyranha every morning.
            Dreadful Acres: the chronicle of my extraordinary unsuitability to country life


            • #86
              Originally posted by The Crone of Cottonmouth County View Post
              I use Solitude feed-thru and a gazillion of those stanky fly traps that look like IV fluid bags. Gross, but better than inhaling half a bottle of Pyranha every morning.
              Click here before you buy.


              • #87
                I thought of some more:

                Woof & WeatherBeeta boots
                Fleeceworks halfback pad
                All-in-one jump cups
                Pelleted bedding
                Super long Arabian showmanship bats for groundwork
                Leather Therapy Wash
                Rubber Reins
                Kiwi latches

                Bungie Cross ties
                Metal tined manure forks
                Blacktree Farm
                Lessons, Training & Sporthorse Sales.
                Blacktree Studio
                Graphic Design, Web Design & Photography.


                • #88
                  I'll just list my "likes":

                  velcro safety trailer ties & cross ties
                  ISP ointment
                  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?)
                  Equifit bucket
                  Rubbermaid wheelbarrow
                  Shires small hole mesh hay nets
                  Easyboot Easysoakers!
                  Simple Boots
                  Herm Sprenger hole punch (worth every penny)
                  US Rider!!!
                  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)


                  • #89
                    Bumping this up because it's a great thread


                    • #90
                      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.


                      • #91
                        Sticking to horse care products I love, these are two lesser-known ones that are awesome:

                        Posture Prep Groomer: http://www.postureprep.com/

                        Equipro Bed Sore Boots: https://www.equipro.com/Bedsore_Boots_8FUL.html

                        And these two ^ are made by small businesses in the US, people who really care and don't spend tons of $$ on advertising.

                        I also like Sore No More products, Miracle Groom, Eqyss Micro-Tek gel


                        • #92
                          Fun thread!


                          Wilker's wraps- so much better than no-bows! Very durable

                          Antares anything- their leather is so beautiful and high quality

                          Tailored sportsman trophy hunter breech- hands down, best breeches ever!

                          Lucky braids shampoo- I love the shine this puts on my horses

                          Plain old glycerin soap- nothing leaves tack with a prettier finish

                          Ammonia- I love to use diluted ammonia to clean my tack

                          Smartpak saddle pads- love the fit

                          Thin line pads- great shock absorbers, no bulk

                          Uptite poultice

                          Poultice paper- sooo convenient!

                          Electrogroom vacuum- best purchase EVER!

                          Lister star body clippers


                          Bronco fly spray

                          Microtek shampoo

                          Oster brushes


                          • #93
                            Discobold, I wonder how Equipro's hock boots are...by any chance have you tried those? I have a horse with chronic hock sores from the way he lies down

                            "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain


                            • #94
                              Dynamint- leg and muscle rub. Works great and smells great. I guarantee someone comments on how nice my horse smells every single time I use it.

                              Back on Track- all the products are great, I really like the no bow leg wrap.


                              • #95
                                Everything Epona! Functional and great looking, especially:
                                For the mane and tail:
                                Both Tucker and my husband love this. I use it for massaging and currying:
                                This is great for baths and for gettin sweat marks around the face and ears:
                                and of course, the shed flower:

                                Hilton Herbs!
                                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.

                                Devon-Aire's All Pro Max breech. Lightweight, moisture wicking and really flattering:

                                Skintastic. I use this to make flyspray.
                                Microtek Medicated shampoo
                                Farriers Fix

                                Won't Buy Again:

                                Lori T
                                www.facebook.com/LTEquine for product updates on the lines I rep


                                • #96
                                  Ariat Paddock Boots and Half Chaps
                                  Cowboy Magic
                                  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
                                  Poulin Senior
                                  Bronco Fly Spray

                                  Don't love:
                                  all-nylon halters
                                  plastic water buckets with flat bottom
                                  Excaliber sheath cleaning gel


                                  • #97
                                    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! =]


                                    • #98
                                      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
                                      its amazing.


                                      • #99
                                        Iride, I've never used Equipro's hock wraps, but I am super impressed by their other products.


                                        • 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.
                                          Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
                                          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.