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    Summer 2019 Products/Hacks

    I always find these threads interesting, so I started another!

    What new-to-you products/hacks are making your summer better?

    Some new-to-me for 2019 things I have been loving this summer:

    Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask with Fringe - Everyone feels to need to tell me how stupid my horses look wearing these. I think the design is really thoughtful, with fleece lining at the crown and on the eye darts to prevent rubs and give the eyes generous space. The fringe offers protection from both flies and the sun without the drawbacks of a fixed-nose fly mask.

    Geek Aire Rechargeable Fans - I've posted about these a few times. The price deterred me at first, but I'm so glad I bought two of the 12" fans. They are sealed motor and weather-proof, not to mention move a lot of air! I use them in my stalls so I didn't have to run extension cords everywhere, but I appreciate them just as much when I haul out to shows!

    Roeckl Grip Lite Gloves - Also known as the "Summer Chester." These have been around awhile, but buying $50 gloves is not something I ever considered. I got a pair 50% off from a vendor at a horse show; it was love at first sight. I think they have ruined me. Not only are they comfortable and cool, but they work with the touch screen on your phone.

    Mesh Tote Bag - I have never been able to come up with a good system for storing bath items. I like to keep them either by the wash area or in something easy to grab, which usually meant keeping them in a bucket. But water would collect at the bottom of the bucket from damp items. Nothing would ever seem to dry out fully, leading to mildew and grossness. I tried some hanging baskets, but they seemed to cause more trouble than the buckets, getting knocked off the fence by weather or horses. So I bought one of these bags and hung it over a fencepost in my wash area. My shampoos, liniments, sponges, sweat scrapers, etc. all live in. Things dry out, but are also secure while still being easy to access. Why didn't I think of this sooner?!?

    So what new things are making your life easier?

    Currently in the market for a new, well-ventilated helmet and some summer breeches, if anyone has any insight on current products in those areas!
    Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

    Fruit Slice Gum Drops - Make perfect pill pockets; just push the pill in, its so sticky, the pill won't come out; perfect for the eat-anything horse that suddenly decides he won't eat apple, carrot. banana, Nutrigrain bar, fig newton, strawberry newton... and they are cheap too!

    Broken sticks sound like alfalfa pellets - our pony has gotten very clever in the evening when its time to bring him into the paddock for the night. Open the gate and he just stands there, thinking he may get another dinner. Figured out to take his bucket, break a small stick in a few pieces, put in bucket, shake bucket - sounds like alfalfa pellets... pony comes to inspect potential food, shut gate behind pony. This won't probably work very long, but for now, he's falling for it.

    DuMOR Platinum Equine Fly Spray - I know, don't use anything DuMOR... but this stuff works. Even my vet wanted to know what I was using when she was here earlier this month - nobody had any flies on them. 1 gallon refill available too.

    Mosquito Dunks - been using for a couple of months now. No larvae in any of my water troughs (mosquito, gnat or anything else). They have them at TSC, Loews, Home Depot, etc. I'm using 1/4 to 1/2 dunk in each trough. Lasts about 3 to 4 weeks - I replace when they start to break apart.
    ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~


      I got this from one of the last threads similar to this one, but the Epona Tiger's Tongue Groomer has been an absolute game changer for my grooming routine. It is super effective at removing hair, grunge, and summer sweat--but it's really gentle. Even my lease horse who HATES being groomed doesn't mind it (as much). I have all my friends hooked on them now, too!
      Originally posted by MistyPony
      In all my years of riding, gravity is the one thing that has never failed on me!


        I have a Tiger's Tongue I haven't tried yet... I'll have to unwrap it and try it!

        I like that flymask, Texarkana.

        Drench Dosing Syringe - I wish I knew about this sooner - this is great for administering oral medicine "cocktails". I have been using a standard oral syringe for my gelding who is getting "the entire medical cabinet", and this is so much better. The metal probe goes further up the mouth, and much less waste/spill so you know the horse is getting everything.

        AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012


          Texarkana my One K Defender is the first ventilated helmet I have ever owned that I can actually feel air moving through.


            I'm still loving these products from last year:

            Lycra Fly Mask
            The only thing my horses don't immediately try to rub or pull off.

            Epona Wood Curry
            My horses almost beg me to scratch them with this. It's a nice mix of massage, while also getting all the dirt and hair off of them. I've managed to find the "stretch out the neck and wiggle the lips" spot on every horse I own with it -- something that never happens with a regular curry.
            Veni vidi vici. With a paint pony, nonetheless.


              Texarkana, do you attach those fans to your stalls? I'm intrigued. How long does yours last before recharging, and how are they recharged? TIA.
              My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


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                4LeafCloverFarm - I'm trying mosquito dunks for the first time, too. I haven't been putting them in the troughs, but I've been putting them in areas where standing water collects. I just started using them a couple weeks ago, so I can't tell if they are working yet. Mosquitos are insane here!

                giddybiddy - I have heard good things about the Tiger Tongue! I will have to try to remember to pick one up.

                beowulf - I may have to remember to pick them up next time the accident prone one is on a bunch of meds!

                ecileh - Thank you! The One K helmets have definitely piqued my curiosity, but I've never tried one. Do they tend to fit pretty standardly, or work better for certain head shapes?

                Arelle - I've been seeing more and more people use the lyrca fly masks and rave about them! I'm interested in giving them a try, too!

                ParadoxFarm - Yes, I have the fans hanging in my stalls-- I attached two heavy duty picture hanger hooks (this style but rated for 100 lbs) up high on a support post, then hang the fans with baling twine loops over each hook. They are high enough the horses can't mess with them, but easy enough for me to take them up and down using a step stool. The fans have a dial instead of traditional low/med/high settings. With the dial around what would be "low" speed, they will run about 18-24 hrs before needing recharging. I turn them on a low speed in the morning, off in the evening, and end up charging them about every other evening. On the high speeds, they move a ton of air, but the battery only lasts maybe 3ish hours. I took a fan with me to a horse show on Saturday. Had it running on high while I was tacking/untacking... it was maybe on for an hour or so total. It still had enough juice to hang it in the stall when we got home and run the rest of the day on low.
                Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


                  Texarkana the standard OneK is for a round head, but they are now making ovals too. I am round, so I can't speak to the oval...but I CAN say this is the only helmet I have ever put on in a store and not wanted to take off to check out. It is *comfortable* and has a good price point, I think.


                    I have a Geek Aire fan in my trailer, and it's awesome. Moves tons of air, and can run on high for at least 4 hours when fully charged. Everyone who has seen it in my trailer has gone out and bought one!


                      hanging toiletry bag for first aid kit (small, compact and easy to access, easy to toss in the trailer)-

                      small parts organizer for supplements:

                      pen/pencil holder for whips:

                      Emu oil balm for bug bites (on me - I was really skeptical, but it works better than anything else I've tried):
                      "So relax! Let's have some fun out here! This game's fun, OK? Fun goddamnit." Crash Davis; Bull Durham


                        -Coat Defense powder: I was very skeptical about this product, but got talked into it and I'm very glad I did! It is great for using before a sweaty ride under wraps/boots or saddle pads, as well after or in between rides to treat fungus. My horse is very prone to fungus an girth sores and we haven't seen either this summer since starting this.

                        -Magnetic tray for studs: not a new hack, but I discovered that these are way cheaper when you buy them in the context of home improvement/hardware as opposed to horse-related. (Duh...!)

                        -Coconut oil: add it to water and sponge your horse off to repel dirt and add shine that doesn't make them slippery. Doesn't seem to attract bugs--which was my initial concern.


                          Originally posted by MissAriel View Post
                          hanging toiletry bag for first aid kit (small, compact and easy to access, easy to toss in the trailer)-

                          small parts organizer for supplements:

                          pen/pencil holder for whips:

                          Emu oil balm for bug bites (on me - I was really skeptical, but it works better than anything else I've tried):

                          I just got some of those pen holders and they're amazing! They work perfectly for both my dressage whip and jumping crop. No more rummaging around the bottom of my trunk to find my crop!

                          The hanging toiletry bag is awesome too. I have one for my actual toiletries and it works really well. My barn mate has a similar one that she got from CWD when she bought a saddle, filled with tack cleaning equipment. It's really cool, but they retail for something like $60 so I was glad to see that Amazon has them for a reasonable price!

                          I recently got this for my grooming tote:

                          I was eyeing the Noble Outfitters tote but I couldn't justify $50 for something to hold my brushes. Luckily Husky makes one that's very similar (and probably even sturdier) for half the price! It fits all of my grooming supplies (of which there are a LOT) wonderfully and has lots of pockets on the side.


                            Originally posted by equinelibrium View Post

                            I recently got this for my grooming tote:

                            I was eyeing the Noble Outfitters tote but I couldn't justify $50 for something to hold my brushes. Luckily Husky makes one that's very similar (and probably even sturdier) for half the price! It fits all of my grooming supplies (of which there are a LOT) wonderfully and has lots of pockets on the side.
                            Along those lines - since many use the Husky 37 in tool box as a rolling tack box, they do sell a replacement tray: the 1-Compartment Professional Tool Caddy. At $4.24 it makes a great option for organizing brushes, bath supplies (although I will probably grab a mesh tote on the pre-college sales), tools or other items, with or without the rolling box.
                            "So relax! Let's have some fun out here! This game's fun, OK? Fun goddamnit." Crash Davis; Bull Durham


                              I woke up with a “dehydration hangover” this morning after showing all day yesterday. MASSIVE headache, bit of an upset stomach and just a little off kilter. Took a Dramamine and felt much better within a few hours. The headache was pretty severe.


                                I legit swear by this stuff. It's saved my mare from her annual sweet itch:


                                I also have been 100% converted to the Shoo Fly Leggins.



                                  Originally posted by Palm Beach View Post
                                  I woke up with a “dehydration hangover” this morning after showing all day yesterday. MASSIVE headache, bit of an upset stomach and just a little off kilter. Took a Dramamine and felt much better within a few hours. The headache was pretty severe.
                                  My non horsey roommate, and non horsey sister swears by pedia-light for hang overs (of the alcohol or dehydrated variety) and as a gatorade alternative.


                                    Original Poster

                                    back_in_the_saddle Do you have a way to hang yours in your trailer? I just set mine on the ground and let it blow on my horse when we parked. It would be nice to have a way to secure it for use while driving, but I wasn't quite sure how.

                                    MissAriel Those pen holders are a really interesting idea! And as I sit here covered in mosquito bites from head to toe, I am tempted to try that emu oil balm... and if you can grab a mesh tote, go for it. I'm sold on it!

                                    equinelibrium Interesting tote... do you find the pockets on the side to be the right size for horsey grooming things? I always have little stuff I keep in my plastic tote like hoof picks, scissors, etc. that fall down and get buried underneath the brushes, meaning I'm constantly digging for them...

                                    Palm Beach Interesting that dramamine works! I'll have to try that. I shared this on another thread, but I had really good luck keeping heat exhaustion at bay at both a horse show and a lesson wearing a cooling fabric long sleeve shirt and a cooling neck wrap.

                                    Jo I might need to try that itch spray on my perpetually itchy horse! I have been using the Shoo Fly Leggins too and just love them.
                                    Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


                                      My trainer swore by her Tigers Tongue, so I got one. It took me a while to warm up to it, but now I love it! It does every job!


                                        Ecovet fly spray - This is the best fly spray I think I've ever used. The flies don't even touch my horses when I spray them! Only downside is I always seem to breathe in the scent - and it burns. Be sure to stand upwind of your horse when spraying! It goes down like a mouthful of wasabi but it's worth it for the fly protection it gives.