I have several topics today so I bunched them all together into one post.
Deals and Squeals! Well, I guess I shouldn’t call Webinars “Squeals” but it rhymed so…
Anyway, I think webinars are a great way to get free information in a format that requires the instructor to be entertaining, succinct and accurate – or else no one would sign up and keep coming back… I’ve attended several free webinars and it is totally easy and anonymous. Sure, they know your email and whether you are signed in, but they don’t know what you are thinking, they won’t call on you to answer any questions, (you can be typing an email and they wouldn’t know – although you might miss something important…) and usually you can ask questions either by chat or phone.
I have two I wish to speak about today.
1) “Managing Mud and Manure” via www.equestrianprofessional.com linked here.
This sounded great to me because I have both, mud and manure. I don’t know if I have the tools to manage my mud, but I’d like to know what I should be doing. And as far as the manure, well, any tip would be helpful. I’d like to learn a way to turn that stuff into gold.
I’ve never attended an equestrainprofessional webinar. So, I am not endorsing it. I’m just letting you know that I’m going to attend and you can decide if it interests you. You can sign up here.
2) KAM Animal Services webinar, ‘GET IT IN WRITING’ linked here
OK, I’ve attended several of the free seminars from KAM and they are Great! Lots of useful information packed into an hour. They use diagrams and charts, it is easy to follow along and is hosted by vets, nutritionists and specialists depending upon the topic.
Some recent topics were: The equine gut, nosodes, equine jaw and teeth, understanding calories and treats… All VERY useful.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU SIGN UP TO ATTEND THIS FREE WEBINAR! (If the topic interests you, of course.) At the end of this webinar, they will give you the date and topic of the next one. Usually Monday evenings.
DEALS! – FLYMASKS
Well, ’tis the season for flymasks. So, while I was clicking around to find the best deals on the kind I like, I found some other interesting masks and deals…
1) CASHEL QUIET RIDE FLY MASK ($19.90)
OK, this is supposed to be for wearing over your bridle during a ride. It is lightweight and not very durable. BUT, my quiet, older retired mare just loves it!! She can wear it all night and it doesn’t really obscure her vision like other masks, it protects her sensitive eyes from sunlight/dust, and it has a forelock hole which she appreciates because she is fussy that way.
I have actually had her refuse to put on a heavier mask in preference for this Cashel Quiet Ride Mask. So now when I need to wash it, I have to take it off of her at night and make sure to wash it before I go to bed and then put it right back on her. She totally LOVES it.
However, this mask would be no good for anyone rambunctious because it is not durable.
I’m sure it works great for its intended purpose during a ride.
2) CASHEL® COOL CRUSADER™ Standard Fly Mask without Ears ($17.90)
This is one of my favorite ‘all around’ masks. It is durable, has a forelock hole and is shaped well. So, if you need a great basic fly mask, this one is very hearty and should last all season. Of course, you don’t get a nose cover and you don’t get ears or eye darts, but this mask is a very good protector that will hold up all season – unless you have a destroyer horse who goes out of his way to wreck all flymasks…
3) EVADER HORSE FACE FLY MASK BY FOXWISE ($9.99!)
I have no idea about this flymask. But for $9.99, I am going to order one, just to see. They charge NO SHIPPING but they do add a small handling fee. There is probably a catch but maybe not. Last year I bought several cheap flymasks and loved them! (I could not find them this year or I’d tell you where to get them.) So, it could be worth it. On the other hand, dunno. I’ve also order flymasks off of Ebay and received something that might fit a llama or a camel but had no business on the face of a horse!
4) ROD’S DESIGNER FLYMASKS ($17.99)
I have never ordered these… I just saw that they were on sale. Could be fun! And, an easy way to distinguish whose mask is whose!
5) CASHEL MULE/DONKEY MASK WITH EARS ($23.99)
I didn’t even know this existed!! Now, I’m not recommending this Ebay seller as I know nothing about this person/store. But, he did have the best price on these masks with donkey ears. I might purchase one for Norma except flies don’t bother her ears and she does just fine in a horse fly mask. But, I may get one special for my sweet donkey when hers wears out.
DEAL AT SPRINGTIME, INC!
Springtime, Inc is the place where I get my garlic to keep the bugs, ticks, flies and mosquitoes off of my horses (in conjunction with predators and fly spray – in my experience, you need all three to be really successful). It really, really works because when I don’t use it, I see the difference!
However, garlic is kindof spendy… So, when Springtime is having any kind of sale, I jump on it.
Right now, they are giving free shipping! This is AMAZING because the containers are heavy. I buy the 27.5 lbs container and the shipping is intense. But for the month of April, the shipping is free!
And, if you purchase a certain amount, they give you bonus stuff which you can choose. I always get either more garlic or FRESH FACTORS for my older dogs. I don’t know
exactly why these chewables work better than any others I’ve tried. But they do. Dex is acting so much younger and less pained since he has been on these. You might want to pick Fresh Factors
as your bonus item so you can try it for free and see if it helps your dog.
Anyway, if you are going to purchase garlic, now is a goooood time! Here is the link.
EQUI-SPA DEAL (THIS JUST IN! FREE SHIPPING THROUGH APRIL 19 VIA INSTANT REBATE!)
OK, I’m starting to sound like a broken record here, but I really would not go without EquiSpa’s Peppermint Protection Spray (fly spray) and THE BALM. (All organic but they WORK! – surprised me, too!)
You know the Balm is my fav. It healed my eye so well even my Dr cannot believe it. And, it works great on horsey faces, tender areas, and sore areas to keep the flies/mosquitoes away. The horses love the smell. Same with the Peppermint Protection Spray (fly spray).
Equi-Spa has a Spring Warm-Up Deal linked here... You get Cool Muscle Wash Spray and Gel (to help get them back into the rhythm of working…) for a steal. And, if you order anything from Equi-Spa, you will get a free sample of the Balm. You just have to ask!
So, get the deal or get the Fly Spray and a free tester of the Balm or get the Balm with a free sample tester for your trail bag… whatever you want, they have lots of products. I highly recommend giving these a try! Just go to Equi-Spa and pick what you like – and ask for the free tester of the Balm – you will love it!
JUST FOR FUN!
I’m adding a photo just for fun. I loved this image! How long is that guy going to be able to hang onto that rope? Ha! That baby kills me, too!
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Had to tell you I’ve had three of these over the years I’ve had Stella (donkey). Her ears get savagely attacked by deer flies, so the mask has REALLY helped her. And she likes it. And the latest one (last year’s) was pink!! Mikey does tend to rip them off her though L
Anyway, they get a big thumbs up from me and Stella….
Since I am up to my armpits in both mud and manure (j/k sorta) I was happy to see the link for the webinar :) Am going to attend and hopefully pick up some great tips on controlling both.
I was wondering if you (or any one else reading) had ever tried catnip oil for mosquito control? I watched a show and they said that catnip oil repels mosquito’s 10 times better than deet. Then I did a little online searching of my own and came up with the following link (a discussion board) http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=009ErI where people were talking about how to make your own and this first hand account of someone who decided to forgo the expense (apparantly catnip oil is expensive) and do it on the cheap, which one would have to if one was trying to protect horses..
“Browsing the web looking for the same answers to questions I have seen here. I spent this summer (2002) using catnip as a repellent as I had read an article that said it was good. Everyone seems preoccupied with ” sprays”. I don’t understand this. I am sure it will have the same effect being used as an essential oil with no mixing. What I did all summer for myself and family of 5 was: planted 6 plants from the local nursery for personal use. Each day I would take 3-4 leaves and rub them ( with small amount of pressure) onto our pulse points. On the neck ( below our ears), insides of elbows, wrists, backs of knees and ankles. We did not experience the discomfort of bites at all this summer. However the cats demolished the plants so I will plant indoors next summer and extra outdoors for the cats to enjoy! At least there were not any cats in our garbage this year! I will also purchase the essential oil and ” dab” it in the same manner as applying leaves ( not unlike perfume) as an experiment next season. I’m in Canada so mosquitoes are seasonal here. ”
I wonder if horses would be amenable to smelling good to cats? Think I might give it a go this season (and if it doesn’t work – then I am definitely going to try the Peppermint spray) Thank you for another stellar entry :)
Great topics! I always feel like you provide me with opportunities to get smarter or else I am hysterical when I read how your day’s going. : )
Re Equa-spa: Peppermint flyspray rules! Wish I’d found it sooner, before I tried just about everything else under the planet including homemade stuff. The Balm is another keeper…it works just as well as my staple Neosporin, but smells wonderful, is way more economical, and best of all is made with natural products. Just tried the Grapefruit Coat Refresher and am in love with this easy to use, does what it promises, product. I have no affiliation with the company but when I find a product THAT GOOD, well…just can’t keep quiet.