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Ralph Neighder 2.5… An update on products and then one more!






I wanted to give you all some feedback about some products I’ve discussed before.

PURPLE MUSH FOR EQUINE CANKER

OK, I’ve hollered from mountain tops about this stuff.  It is incredible.  It cures canker.  It is really, really messy.

Liquid purple gold!

This product is not on the market yet.  So, you can really only get it if you have a severe case and are willing to document it with photos so CoCo (Master Farrier) can use it in his support paperwork.  However, I have known him to send out some Purple Mush for damsels in distress without even asking them for before/after photos.  So, give it a try if your horse has canker.  Here is my original post about the Purple Mush.

Basically, my horse suffered for a year.  I did everything all the specialists told me to do.  And, just as we had given up and were ready to put her down, someone told me about CoCo and Well-Horse and the Purple Mush.

Within two weeks of applying the Purple Mush, her canker was GONE.  Gone.  Totally gone.  Unbelievable.  This stuff is purple gold.

Go to the Well-Horse website and email/call them if you need help with canker.  (The Purple Mush is not on the site so you have to specifically ask for the PURPLE MUSH.)

EQUI-SPA FLY SPRAY AND THE BALM

Last week I wrote about a very poor, sick, skinny mare with a great will to live, Grace.  Here is her photo.  Sad.

Grace needed non-toxic fly spray and salve

But, the good news is the wonderful people at Equi-Spa read the blog post about Grace and sent Strawberry Mountain Mustangs, the people caring for Grace, a “care package”.  Equi-Spa did this because Darla from SMM mentioned that the flies were really heavy around Grace but she didn’t want to use any chemicals near her because she was so weak.  Darla also mentioned that Grace had many sores and bad skin…

Equi-Spa jumped into action because their fly spray is all natural and totally non-toxic.  And, their THE BALM is a wonderful salve that they thought would help Grace.

I wrote how I feel about THE BALM in this post.  I love it.

Anyway, I just received an email from Darla.  She had received the Equi-Spa fly spray and THE BALM.  Both seem to be working wonderfully!  Here is Darla’s email to me:

“Now the EquiSpa products?! OMG.  LOVEEEEE them.  The fly spray is incredible. And it smells so yummy I want to marinate in it. In fact, I did spray my legs the other day.  I have the salve all along Grace’s spine where it was cracked and bleeding, and on her hocks where she scuffs herself when she gets up and down.  NO flies. It’s awesome.”

So, I’m not kidding when I say that you should go to the Equi-Spa site and get whatever you need.  You will love the products.  And, I’m not affiliated — wish I was…

THE BEST FLY MASK SO FAR

Wrigley modeling the fly mask

Now, I know there are many Cashel fans out there.  I love their fly masks, too.  But, they can be expensive so I vote this fly mask as my new favorite.  It is made by Brookside and you can get them, fairly inexpensively, from Valley Vet.  You can click here.

I did my huge fly mask review at the beginning of fly season this year.   I still think this is the best one for the money.  No, it has no forelock hole and it is a bit short for those of you who like longer nose cover…  But, all 6 that I bought several months ago have lasted all season.   The velcro is still on and they are in really good shape after several washings.  I think they are far and a way the best fly masks that I have purchased in a very long time!

Wrig is here modeling his which is old and worn but you’d never know since they hold up so well.

THE BOOT I CANNOT WRAP RIGHT BUT IT IS STILL A GOOD IDEA

It is supposed to look better than this but I'm lousy at it...

This is the velcro temporary boot that I fought with earlier this year.  The velcro closures are so flipping strong that I can hardly undo whatever I do, if you know what I mean.   So, if I accidentily attach #1 to #6 instead of #1 to #2,  I have to call the Fire Department to undo it.

But, the more I work with it, the more I think it is a great little item.  I have been using it on dry ground for my mare with the canker.  I have to wrap her foot with vet wrap every day and this boot really makes it easy to turn her out.

Truth to tell, I have two of the tabs permanently stuck to each other in the wrong way.  I swear, I cannot undo them.  But, it doesn’t really matter.  There is so much velcro and so many ways to stick one part to another, I can slap it on there and she’s good to go.  So far, she hasn’t been able to undo it either.  I think it is a good boot for minor applications or for getting you off the trail and back to the trailer.

You can get it at Valley Vet as well.  Here is the link.

NEW STEPNSOAK ULTRA HOOF SOAKING SYSTEM

Click on this to make it bigger - it is the ad for the product

The reason I’m writing about this is because even though I haven’t tried this exact item, I know it will work.  Why?  Well, because my fabulous vet used to give me his used IV fluid bags for me to use to soak Tess’ foot.  It worked GREAT!  I could use them over and over.  They are made of thicker plastic that won’t break easily.  And, they were a snap to clean.

Today, this product ad showed up in my inbox.  Well, I know exactly what this is!  Why didn’t I think of it?!  Anyway, I’m sure it is a good idea and I’m sure it will work for you.

If any of you try it, please let me know.  Here is the website.  You get 4 soaking boots for $34 with shipping.

SILLY COW VIDEO – AGAIN

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If you haven’t seen this, it is good for a giggle!

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Ralph Neighder Equine Consumer Report #2 and other stuff…






Hellooooo!

Today is another Ralph Neighder Day!  I am going tell you about products that I like and other things…

OMG!  MY NEW FAVORITE THING — EQUI-SPA’S ‘THE BALM’

First of all, calling it THE BALM is so great because it really is THE BOMB!  Love it, love it, love it.  I’m using it for everything!  If it could do my laundry, I’d give it the spare bedroom.

OK, here is the deal.  It is a cream that you are supposed to use to heal wounds and keep flies away.  It is all natural and it smells clean and fresh.  The horses like it.  On the website, it is described like this:

Formulated in a base of Bees wax and soy wax with no petrochemical.  I use this balm to protect fresh wounds and abrasions from external irritants.  I is a good barrier against flies.  It helps facilitate healing of the wounds from the inside out, due to the properties of the essential oils, Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus,  and Geranium. 8 oz tub  is $12.00

Here is the Equi-spa website.

I was given this as a sample.  And, sample it I did!  First, I put it on my mare’s belly where those nasty nighttime biting flies just eat her alive.  (I’ve been spreading SWAT on her belly which was fine, until I tried this…)  I liked that this cream was smooth enough to stay where I put it and not drop on the ground shortly after I removed my hand…  And, she didn’t dance away from me.  She liked it.

Well, I have to tell you, five days later, not only does she have NO new bites, but the whole area is clearing up and healing.  Wow!  Her skin is smooth, the scabs are gone and the hair is growing back. Yowsa!

Then, I put the cream all over her face.

BG with THE BALM on her face at dusk with NO FLYING INSECTS!

I took a photo of her with the cream on her face at the worst time of dusk.  As you can see, not one biting fly or gnat or anything.  In fact, I was getting eaten alive so I rubbed it all over my arms.  It felt slightly warm, then cool and then just soothing.  No flies.  No mosquitoes.  Ahhhhhhh.

I also schmeared it all over her tail where she rubs.  I swear, I heard her sigh as I put the soothing cream on her itchy tail area.  So then I went around and rubbed it into every tail dock on my ranch (yes, they have all been wormed).

I'm using it on everything!

I think their eyes rolled back into their heads.  It must have felt so good to them because I could see the relief.  It gets so hot here and the flies/sweat/dust are merciless on the poor babies… As I rubbed THE BALM in, not a peep outta them.  They all stood rock still and let me have at it!

I WANT A 10 GALLON INDUSTRIAL VAT OF THIS STUFF.  Seriously.  I can see myself using it for everything.  It is the equine elixir of all things topical.  I highly recommend it. (I have no affiliation although I wish I did!  ;)  )

PEPPERMINT SUMMER PROTECTION AND NOT-SO-SWEET-ITCH GEL

These items I’ve mentioned before and they are also from Equi-spa.

My new best friends...

The fly spray (Peppermint Summer Protection) is wonderful.  It is all natural and the horses like it!  I think it makes their coats shine beautifully.  It doesn’t have any petroleum products, yay, so you have to apply it every day.  But, I really, really like not spraying them down with nasty stuff that sticks to my hands and makes my lungs seize.

And, the Not-so-Sweet-Itch gel formula is really nice for those itchy spots.  I use it religiously (most of the time, anyway) for the horses that rub manes and tails.  It is lighter than THE BALM.  I keep it in my grooming box and use it daily.  It is like an instant itch stopper.  Equi-spa website link.

HORSEMAN’S LAB FECAL TEST KIT

OK, this may not be table talk but all of us have always wondered how to test the manure for worms.  I mean, the vets say not to worm your horses unless they need it, but how do you know if they need it?  I guess if the infestation gets really bad, the horses look bad.  Or, you can assume there are worms if they are rubbing their butts… but that could just be flies or udder/sheath issues.  So, how do you know?

Tiny photo of the test kit

Alas, the faboo HORSEMAN’S LAB has come up with a really easy fecal test kit that they send to you.  It is really easy.  My reader who turned me onto it said the experience was like Netflix.  You go online and pay for how ever many kits you want.  They send them to you.  You scoop a tiny Baskin and Robbins size mini-spoonful into the little plastic sample cosmetic container and ship it back in the SASE that they provide.  After the lab receives it and tests it, they email you the results.  Easy!   Here is their website.  (Sorry their photo was so small… I couldn’t make it any bigger.)

WHAT DO DO WITH ALL YOUR SHOW RIBBONS?

Well, if you are like me, they sit in storage, stuffed into one of those zippered plastic pouches you get when you purchase a bedspread.  I just cannot bring myself to throw them away but yet again, I don’t want them hanging in my foyer, if you know what I mean…  The barn is too dusty to hang anything (because I’m a lousy barnkeeper).  So, what do you do with the ribbons?

This photo came into my inbox.  I thought, “Hey, that’s a novel idea…, I wonder if she has other novel ideas for ribbons?”  Actually, I would love a throw blanket of my ribbons.  I don’t know how comfy that would be.  And, I kinda wonder if they would hold up under all of my rigid TV watching and chair sitting… but I might see my ribbons more often if I had them made into something else.  Actually, making them into checkbook covers would be the best idea.  Then you’d remember WHY ON EARTH you are spending so much money to go to horse shows!  (Her phone number is below the photo.)

I LOVE THIS HALTER

I’ve shown the EASY CATCH HALTER before but I’m showing it again because it is just so easy!  If you are like me, most of my horses can move about with a piece of twine on their necks ( and believe me, I use it often…).  However, when it is medicine time or doctoring time or if you just need a gentle catching device, this is it!  Easy on and Easy off.  No buckles and no throwing the long side over the horsehead that is moving higher and higher…

Of course, you cannot use this in your trailer, but for everyday stuff, it is really fast.  I love it.  Much better than twine.  ;)

AN OLD WIVES TALE?

I was told to put Listerine in a squirt bottle and to spray it around any area that I didn’t want mosquitoes.  OK.  I had some Listerine.  I got it at Costco.  It was a two pack and lawd knows how long those gigantic bottles have been sitting in my pantry.  I was eager to find a way to use them up!  So, I put some in a used and clean fly spray bottle.

First, I sprayed it all over the patio where I sit in the evenings reading while getting feasted upon my mosquitoes.  Usually, I spray on toxic stuff and light a citronella candle that totally spoils the mood.  But, last night, I sprayed the Listerine instead.  Wow.  It worked.  I sprayed it on my arm and it stung.  So, don’t do that.

Then, I went to the barn and sprayed it on the stall doors and the wood around the barn entrance.  My mare didn’t like the smell but she didn’t hate it.  And, the fragrance dissipated quickly.  Truth to tell, I found it much more enjoyable at 7pm on a summer night than usual.  So, tomorrow, I might spray it all over the barn and see what happens.  If it works, I could get a lot more done in the evenings.

Those are my products for this day… I hope this brings you some new knowledge.  Stop by tomorrow for PhoBlog day!  Have a great weekend!

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