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A little Horse/Human product testing (sometimes we forget that horse products can work on non-horsey things…)! BICKMORE cleans up my street boots! YAY!

Several months ago – Oy how time flies… – Bickmore sent products to me to try.

They sent Bick 4, Bick 5, Pine Tar, Super H Antiseptic Powder and Gall Salve!  How nice of them…  (Jessie Ruppel, in particular.  Thank  you!)

Although I looove receiving products to test (kinda like Christmas!), I also feel badly because I know:

a)  I’m so busy, I tend to not get to things for a while

b)  I don’t ride as much as I should

c)  I don’t groom as much as I should

d)  I don’t have many injuries (thank HorseGod) so I don’t use many injury type products.

So… I had to be creative here and put on my thinking cap…

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Well, the truth is, my leather dressage saddle is still perfect from the last time I didn’t use it.

My Boz saddle was cleaned when I put it away for winter.  I also conditioned and prepped all of my headstalls and riding tack.  Everything is hermetically sealed in repurposed plastic, zippered bedsheet container bags (I love those things!  I buy sheets just so I can get more of those zippered bags!).

Anyway, my point is that I couldn’t find a way to test any of these products on my horses or horse gear in a timely manner…

I needed my thinking cap.

This is what they sent to me... So nice of them!

This is what they sent to me… So nice of them!


What else is leather and takes a beating around here?…

My boots!  Of course!

My black leather street boots are looking pretty shabby since I practically wear them daily…!  I could test my boots!

Yes, yes!  I could do my purses, too!

I think that sometimes we forget to find everyday uses for horse products!

These are my street boots.  I've been wearing them almost every day this winter and they needed some care, for sure!

These are my street boots. I’ve been wearing them almost every day this winter and they needed some care, for sure!  They looked like they were going to start cracking…


My boots were looking slightly scruffy.  Maybe a bit dry and dull –  and almost looked like they might even be cracking?… They definitely needed moisture and love.

I had been meaning to buy some boot conditioner at the local boot place.  But, I hadn’t…

So, this experiment was perfect!

I grabbed my boots and a cloth.  I put the Bick 4 on the cloth and spread it all over very easily.  It wasn’t greasy and it seemed to soak in quickly.

They say that Bick 4 conditions, cleans, polishes and acts as a stain repellant – making it really easy for me who likes ‘all-in-one’  time savers  And, it is wax and silicone-free so I figured it wouldn’t change the look of my boots.  I hate when that happens.

It was easy!  Likkidy split!  No mess.  It took about 2 minutes.  I could see how easily this would work for tack.  It wasn’t runny, greasy or melty.  I could control where it went and it wiped away quickly.  I didn’t feel like I needed to rub and push the product into the leather.

Super user-friendly.

Then I applied the Bick 5.  I didn’t need to use the Bick 5 because Bick 5 is simply a heavier duty version of Bick 4.  It is for harnesses or extreme leather cleaning/conditioning.

But, what the heck?  I did it anyway.

Bick 5 is a spray.  So, it is even easier.  Spray, wipe, done.

This is after the boot on the left was cleaned and conditioned.  The boot on the right has  not been touched.

This is after the boot on the left was cleaned and conditioned. The boot on the right has not been touched.


I was very, very pleased.  In just a moment, seriously, my boots looked way better.  I could tell that they had absorbed the product because they didn’t look so dusty and thirsty.

So, if you have any Bickmore Leather products in your tack room, bring them out and clean your boots!  It was soooooo quick and easy!

I need to do my purse…  ;)

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Voila! Thank you, Bickmore!


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And a photo of Anna (her dam).

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Click to donate and help these two – Our January Bucket Fund, Elsa and Anna!

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Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 | Filed under Handy Tips

I received a flyer inside of my registration from US Rider (the Equestrian Motor Plan).

It was for RIDE ALERT.

Hmmmmm.  This sounded interesting… So, I ventured to the website.


Sure, I ride with friends on planned rides…

But with my wacky schedule, usually, if I find a few hours to ride, I grab a horse and hop in the trailer – alone.

I’ve never had a serious accident or any reason to fear (Thank HorseGod), but I do think about it.

The thought has crossed my mind…

I mean, I don’t go to places where there aren’t Rangers or someone who would notice a truck left in the parking lot or a riderless horse… but still… lots can happen when you and your horse head off for the trails.

Heck, stuff can happen right outside of the trailer!

So yes, I do think about my safety and try to make sure I would be identifiable if anyone found me.  Finn has an ID tag on his saddle, in case we become separated.


Click to go to website

Click to go to website

RIDER ALERT (no affiliation) – only $24.99 annually!

So I went to the website and for $24.99 a year, the people on the other end of the line will:

–Contact Rider’s next of kind

–Relay details of medical or allergy conditions and crisis plans to emergency services

–Contact barns and owners when loose horse is found

The idea is that you wear a wristband,  your horse has a tag on his bridle or saddle, and whatever property you have has an ID marker.

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So then I wondered if the devices would hold up… and I found this page:

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Of course, this won’t work if you don’t have any signal on your phone… but if you ride where your phone works, this tracker could be really useful.

I always try to tell someone that I’ve gone riding… but I don’t always tell them exactly where.  This Ride Alert Phone App can track where you are.  If  you stop moving, it will buzz you so that you can tell it that you are OK – or however you set it up to alert you – and if you respond, the tracker is happy.

If you don’t respond, the tracker will notify whomever you’ve asked it to notify.

I like this.

As soon as I am done writing tonight, I am going to download the app.

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For me, it is just a bit more peace of mind … and it also makes it easier for me to ‘take off’ and know that I’ll have someone there  – just in case.

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