Shoo Fly! Fly Sheets on the Way

Fly season has arrived! Since my young horses are now outside 24/7 we decided it was time to get them fly sheets. I have two of the Weatherbeeta Airflow Fly Sheets for two of my other horses. Live and learn, I did not get the neck covers with them and unfortunately Weatherbeeta does not sell them separately anymore. I really like these sheets though, so I ordered two of the Weatherbeeta Airflow Fly Sheets with the Detach-A-Neck from Equus Now!

http://www.equusnow.com/products/weatherbeeta-airflow-detach-a-neck-fly-sheet.html

Wetherbeeta Airflow Fly Sheet

Love that these are white and they offer UV protection. Also, my horses do not get hot in them! The sheets are really soft and they have a belly band which I noticed a lot of other brands aren’t using.

Has anyone else used these sheets? What is your take on them?

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Mad Cow – Epic Leather Cleaner and Conditioner

Mad Cow

Let me introduce you to Mad Cow!! No not the disease, the awesome leather cleaner and conditioner by KL Select ! I discovered this product last year at my local tack shop, Equus Now! and keep going back for more.

Here is what I like about this product

  • It’s all NATURAL – Made from glycerin, lanolin and a special blend of oils (proprietary to the maker of the product), you won’t have to worry about any harsh chemicals that could damage your precious leather
  • It’s American made – Handmade by a KL Select horsewoman
  • It’s not JUST for tack – This product can be used on all types of leathers – from furniture to coats and boots to handbags
  • NO residue – apply the product with a dampened sponge to your leather goods and buff lightly with a soft cloth – leaves leather smooth and supple AND gives it a lovely sheen

Though I do wipe down my tack after each ride, I usually only get a thorough cleaning in a few times a year. So, when I go to horse shows you will see me pull out the Mad Cow to give my tack a shine before heading down centerline. It DOES NOT make the seat of my saddle slick nor leave any gunky buildup on any of my tack.

If you have light colored tack (I.e. hunter/jumper) I will caution you that it CAN darken your leather. Also, it is not made to be used on suede or lambskin.

Mad Cow will leave your leather feeling soft and supple. Try it on old dried out leather to bring it back to life.  To get an idea of what it does for your leather,  apply it to the back of your hand and gently rub it in. Your skin absorbs the Mad Cow and becomes softer and more hydrated-  JUST LIKE YOUR TACK.

For more info – you can contact the fabulous Dorrie Carters (Managing Partner of KL Select) and be sure to give them a follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/KL-Select/191161841629?fref=ts

You can order your Mad Cow through their website at http://klselect.shptron.com/c/leather-care

Mad Cow is also available in an 8oz or 16oz jar at my all time favorite tack store, Equus Now!

http://www.equusnow.com/products/mad-cow-saddle-soap.html

Retail is $14.76 for 8oz and $24.21 for 16 oz.

If you have used Mad Cow before, leave me a comment. Have you used it for anything other than tack? I would love to hear about your experience!

Love me some Mad Cow!
Love me some Mad Cow!

The Only XC Boot for Me and My Horses

Memphis and I at the 2014 Winona HT
Memphis sporting his Boyd Martin XC Boots at the 2014 Winona HT

Face it, there are A LOT of boots out there to choose from when looking for the best protection for your horse. Materials range from synthetic to leather and materials can be breathable or not breathable. The choices are endless.

When I set out to find the perfect boot for Memphis, I was completely overwhelmed with the variety out there and didn’t want to waste my money on something that wasn’t going to work for him. At only 15.2 hands and fined boned with large fetlocks, he isn’t an easy fit.

The first boot I finally ordered and tried were the Dalmar boots. These are a lovely xc boots, well made and offer great protection…BUT…after one use of these they rubbed sores on all 4 of his legs. I felt TERRIBLE! Now, it was no fault of the boot – they simply aren’t made small enough for fine boned horses. I have heard great things about these boots for horses that were not fined boned, but these obviously weren’t the boot for Memphis.

I continued my research and landed on the boot made by Majyk Equipe – better known as the Boyd Martin XC Boot. I watched the informational video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqRcn1bNlgo) regarding the boot before purchasing. The medium size proclaimed to fit horses from 15 hands to 17 Hands. The large size made for those horses 17+ hands. The boots were said to be water resistant and designed to help cool the leg.

I ordered the boot hoping for the best. When the boots arrived I watched the video again before trying them on Memphis. I was a little confused with the placement of the boot on the leg, but soon figured it out. It’s important when applying the boot that you position the strike guard in the appropriate position. (See the video link above).  The boots had a bit of overlap on his fine bones – but this did not create any pressure points as the boot is designed to overlap if need be. I also found that they adjusted nicely to compensate for his larger fetlocks. After the first XC school in these boots I was HOOKED. The boots did not slip, they did not rub, they did not shift and even though I had schooled the water complex they were not sodden and heavy with water!  The boots easily rinse clean and then hang dry. For me, these boots lived up to the hype and gave me an added confidence when running XC that Memphis was getting the best protection I could provide him.

I give these boots two thumbs up and plan to purchase (i.e. beg for them at my birthday and Christmas!) for my young horse when he begins his eventing career. For more info on where to buy, you can check out Majyk Equipe here http://www.majykequipe.com/our-products.html Pricing is  MSRP $89.99 Front, MSRP $99.99 Hind

 by Majyk Equipe
by Majyk Equipe