5 Star Pad
Pure wool with a difference: That’s one of the secrets behind the 5 Star Pad. Because it wicks sweat and removes heat from your horse’s back, it helps ensure cool comfort during those long trail rides or those strenuous training sessions. But the company’s proprietary felt does that one better, allowing this saddle pad to absorb and disperse pressure to help to prevent sore spots. Skillfully handcrafted in the USA with great attention to detail, this often-imitated pad boasts quality craftsmanship designed to perform well and protect your equine partner for years to come. 5 Star also offers wool liners to extend the life of your pad and reduce the amount of maintenance needed. 5 Star Pads are available in a size to fit your saddle and in the thickness that you need, from ½" up to 1 1/8". They are also fully customizable. For more information, visit www.5starequine.com.
Cashel Company Stall Sore Boot
No one likes layups, least of all the horses involved. Those that are down for any period of time due to medical conditions or that are stabled on hard surfaces often develop bruising and pressure sores on the forelegs that can be difficult to heal. A vicious cycle often ensues, with the sores tending to worsen the longer the horse is laid up. Enter the Stall Sore Boot from the Cashel Company. Designed to help protect these sores from further aggravation and promote faster healing, this boot boasts a breathable neoprene exterior, a soft fleece lining and an open back for comfort and aeration. Available in sizes medium and large, it also boasts adjustable straps that help fine-tune the snug fit to a wide range of sizes. The Stall Sore Boot comes in a pack of two. For more information and to purchase, visit www.cashelcompany.com.
Classic Equine Ice Boots
Ice therapy is an excellent way to speed your horse’s recovery from swelling or injury. It’s even useful for simply cooling those all-important legs after strenuous exercise or competition. The Classic Equine Ice Boots make icing the legs a fast, easy process. Encapsulated gel ice packs attach to the inside of the boots via hooks and loops, and are easily removed when necessary. To freeze them, simply take them out of the boots and place them in a freezer. Once in the boots, the packs stay cold for 20 minutes or more, thanks to a neoprene shell that acts as an insulator. The boots are breathable and can be washed inside and out with no problem. The ice packs are also easy to clean—just rinse off, then dry. Available in black, and in sizes small through extra-large. For more information, visit classicequine.com.
Cowgirl Magic Ultra Hydrating Cream
Between sun and wind, dust and debris, and just plain hard work, life with horses can be hard on the skin. The hands alone take a lot of abuse, whether carrying buckets, fixing fences, gripping the reins or currying coats. (Do rough, dry skin and cracked fingertips sound familiar?) That’s why the makers of Cowboy Magic equine grooming products have created a “game-changing,” all-over daily moisturizer to keep human skin hydrated, supple and smooth. Enriched with a blend of coconut, apricot, avocado, sesame and olive oils, this age-defying formula also contains rosewater, silk, panthenol and aloe, as well as vital nutrients to nourish and revitalize the skin. It can even be used as an overnight treatment for those calloused, tough spots like elbows and heels. Cowgirl Magic Ultra Hydrating Cream is available in a handy 3.4 oz. tube. For more information, visit www.cowboymagic.com.
Mane ‘n Tail Ultimate Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner
When looks really count—like in the show ring—products that deep-clean your horse’s coat and add a brilliant mirror finish are precious timesavers. Thanks to its breakthrough technology, the Ultimate Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner system (aka “The Boss of Gloss”) takes that concept to a whole new level. Developed by a company that’s been manufacturing top equine grooming products since 1970, both the shampoo and conditioner are safe, gentle and pH balanced. They’re “saddle safe,” too, so no slipped saddles! The shampoo cleanses down to the skin to release dirt, dander and debris, while the conditioner contains natural oils to help restore elasticity, prevent split ends, moisturize and detangle manes and tails. Look for a volumizing effect in the comb-out, as well. For those dryer manes and tails, you can even use the conditioner as a leave-in treatment. For more information, go to ultimategloss.com.
Classic Equine Quick Wraps
Applying liniment, sweats and mud packs to your hard-working horse’s legs can be a messy business. That’s why Classic Equine developed the Quick Wrap. Its neoprene outer shell is soft, breathable, easy to wipe clean and stretches to conform to your horse’s leg. The removable terry-cloth insert, which is both soft and absorbent, ensures that his leg remains in constant contact with the therapeutic product of your choice. Then, when you’re done with the application, the insert comes right out of the shell, thanks to hook and loop straps. Cleaning is simple; just wash with warm water and air dry. Ideal for therapy for a horse recovering from an injury, the Quick Wrap is also useful after a strenuous workout or competition run. The boot comes in sizes small through extra-large and is sold in a package of two. For more information, visit classicequine.com.
Shapley’s Original MTG
It’s rare that a grooming product is as handy as Shapley's Original MTG, but this formula, which has been in use for more than 80 years, would certainly save a lot of space in your grooming kit. As safe on dogs and cats as it is on horses and other livestock, Original MTG boasts a proven anti-itch component and is well-known for healing rain rot, scratches, fungus, tail rubbing, itching and bug bites. In addition, did you know that it is clinically proven to grow hair up to three inches a month when applied to the base of the mane or tail? It helps aid hair regrowth on bald spots, too. Imparted with a light, herbal scent that disappears once it’s dry, Original MTG is also a good way to thicken and condition tails. It encourages skin to heal within from three days to a week. For more information, visit www.shapleys.com.
Silver Honey™ Rapid Wound Repair
Sometimes Nature knows best. That’s the concept behind Silver Honey™ Rapid Wound Repair, the first wound care line to combine the natural healing powers of medical-grade Manuka Honey with MicroSilver™ BG. Many wound preparations have a harsh, drying effect on the skin. Silver Honey’s moisturizing formula is pH balanced. So, while it’s proven to stop 99.9% of bacteria immediately, it’s also gentle on the skin, protecting its natural microbiome to facilitate faster, more comfortable healing of wounds in horses, ponies and companion animals. Silver Honey™ Rapid Wound Repair comes in either a long-lasting ointment, which can help soften and remove even the most stubborn scabs, or a stay-put spray gel that enables touch-free application on everything from cuts, abrasions, sores and rain rot to rashes, fungus, scratches, sweet itch, wounds and burns. And because flying insects can irritate wounds and interfere with healing, this unique formula also contains the natural fly repellent neem oil. To learn more and to find a retailer near you, visit SilverHoney.com.