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Static Eliminator

Just a quick tip today before the weekend arrives! I picked this up from a magazine and it really, really works! If that familiar crackling, popping sound followed by you and your horse getting shocked by static seems to accompany you ever time you take your horse’s blanket off, try mixing equal parts water and fabric softener in a spray bottle and mist all your blankets with the mixture. Your horse blankets will be static free and smell great.

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The Germinator

Okay, so you know you are a horse person when you get way too excited about getting a horse brush in your stocking at Christmas time. I can say that I am a tad bit embarrassed at how excited I was when I pulled a Germinator brush from my stocking courtesy of my husband (who paid attention when I showed him an ad for it in Horse and Rider magazine).

What makes this brush so unique and special is it’s ability to inhibit the growth and transfer of harmful microbes that can cause skin infections. The Germinator’s bristles are antimicrobial so it can safely be used on horse after horse without worrying about passing on any types of skin problems. The Germinator brush makes an excellent finishing brush, it’s bristles are soft and smooth allowing it to bring out a nice sheen on your horse’s coat.

It’s only drawback would be it’s price, at $17.99 it makes it the most expensive brush I own, but if it keeps germs from spreading it can save you a lot when compared to buying fungus shampoos, creams and treatments. It is a must for busy training stables that use the same set of brushes on multiple horses and worth try for any horse owner. Available online at www.kinetictech.net.

From The Saddle Ranking: 4 out of 4 Horseshoes:

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Miracle Cream

Has your horse ever had crusty, scabby, little bumps on their back legs that just won’t seem to go away? This condition is called scratches, a form of dermatitis, which can be caused by a fungus and is hard to get rid. But my mom discovered a “miracle cream” of sorts that amazingly and quickly clears it up as well as working on a wide range of horse dermatitis and fungus problems. Seashore Acres Scratches medication contains anti fungal and antibacterial medicines as well as cortisone cream to help reduce inflammation. It protects the skin from further infection by replacing the skin’s defense system. This little tub full of magic is worth adding to your grooming gear. Available at www.seashoreacres.com.

From The Saddle Ranking: 4 out of 4 Horseshoes

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To Bag or Not To Bag Continued

As I mentioned in my last post, To Bag or Not To Bag, I was going to try a tie-in tail bag made from thick, stretchy, swimsuit-like fabric. Well, as you can see from the picture it did not fair any better than the Healthy HairCare nylon tail bag. So maybe it is my horse that is exceptionally rough on tail bags and not actually the tail bag itself.

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Secret Weapon

I have discovered an amazing product that is primarily for people but it works wonders on horses too. Moroccan Oil has become my secret weapon for making my horses tails super soft and shiny. I first stumbled on this product when my hairdresser kept using it on me every time she cut and colored my hair. It smelled amazing and made my hair soft and shiny without being greasy or heavy. Naturally, my first thought was this stuff would do amazing things to a thick, coarse horse tail.

I bought my first bottle a few months ago and now I won’t wash a tail, mane or even a forelock without using it. Moroccan Oil contains anti-oxidant and vitamin rich Argan Oil (from a tree found in Morocco) that instantly absorbs into the hair and creates softness and shine without leaving a greasy residue. Its strengthens brittle and damaged hair while also increasing elasticity which keeps the hair from breaking when trying to comb out a tangle. You can apply a dime size amount to a wet tail after washing or just apply it dry with your daily grooming. Your horse’s tail will look amazing and since it is non-greasy and absorbs into the hair the dirt does not stick to it. Moroccan Oil is available online at www.drugstore.com, www.amazon.com and at many local salons, click here to find a salon near you.

From The Saddle Ranking: 4 out of 4 Horseshoes

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Comb On Through

I have been lucky that all my horses have long, thick gorgeous tails. However, keeping them tangle free when they are so long and thick can be a bit of work and if it wasn’t for the Beautiful Tails Comb and Brush Set I would still be in the barn working!

The wide tooth comb works wonders for combing through knots and tangles without pulling the hair out. It works especially well when the tail is wet and full of conditioner, it helps distribute the conditioner throughout the whole tail. The brush is very durable with prongs flexible enough not to break the tail hair and when used on a dry tail it adds tremendous volume before showing. This set is well worth adding to your grooming cart. Available at www.kvvet.com.

From The Saddle Ranking: 4 out of 4 Horsshoes

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Oldie But Goodie

Absorbine Showsheen Hair Polish and Detangler has been in my grooming tote for many, many years and it never fails that I always reach for it. I have tried many substitutes and just keep going back to Showsheen.

It is a multi-purpose grooming tool, you can use it on manes and tails to keep them tangle free and reduce static and fly-aways and you can spray it all over the horse’s body to keep them smooth and sleek. Showsheen also repels dust, dirt and stains which is so useful when you have a predominantly white horse.¬†After a good scrubbing make sure to give the horse’s legs a quick spray and they will stay white for days.

Showsheen can be used daily on your horse, after a bath or rinse give your horse a good all-over spraying and smooth into the coat with your hands or use after a good dry grooming, just finish off with a spray of Showsheen and smooth it into the coat with a soft brush. You can learn more about Showsheen by going to www.absorbine.com and you can purchase Showsheen at your local tack and feed stores and online at www.smartpakequine.com.

From The Saddle Ranking: 4 out of 4 Horseshoes

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