Review: Collegiate Leather Headcollar

The Collegiate Leather Headcollar is amazing. Made from high quality European leather, with soft nappa padding for comfort, with the nameplate for that extra personal touch. The Leather headcollar is the ideal showpiece that is not only a little bit of bling, they are very easy to use. Amira and Bailey have one each, Bailey’s is black on black, whereas Amira’s is white on black, with has the classic look white three stitch. They are available in either black or brown leather, in sizes cob and full. We purchased both of ours from Horseland Maitland and had them engraved locally. We purchased one for Amira initially, when she was around two years of age, at that time she was in a large 12 acre paddock with a number of other young foals that did not have a great deal of handling, we needed the quick release clip, so if the other foals and broodmares ran while Amira was being groomed the halter could be removed quickly and easily, without fuss or concern. The Collegiate leather headcollar with the quick release clip to the side was perfect and when it needed to be removed in a hurry it was as simple as releasing the clip. Bailey’s was purchased for comfort, glamour and ease of use, he wears his when he is out and about at shows, competitions or his dressage lessons with the stars. Again it has its benefits, they are easy to use, made with a high quality European leather and a soft nappa padding they are comfortable and durable. We treat ours with leather conditioner to maintain optimal condition, with an occasional wipe down after use. They provide a classical beauty and are very practical, I would highly recommend this product to others.

Key features: 
• Made from high quality European leather
• Soft nappa padding for comfort
• Name plate for personalized look
• Adjustable head and nose strap for a great fit

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Review: Kool Coat Classic Combo

Kool Coat Classic Combo have released new colours, they are now available in Purple/Navy; Pink/Navy; Green/Navy. The new colour range is fresh and vibrant, ringing of spring! With two horses we purchased one in each colour, as rugs are continually used and replacements, and or rug changes are always needed. It is ideal to have spares on hand. I would highly recommend this rug to other users.

The Kool Coat classic combo is generous in size, featuring large shoulder gussets to assist with full range of movement, a large tail flap for greater protection, the touch tape to add a tail bag if required. I have found the Kool Coat rugs to be durable and well wearing, the polyester / cotton blend with the ripstop outer provides that extra bit of protection from rips and tares, and being 270g they do not appear to get overheat on the hot days. They are easy clean and simply go through the washing machine.

They feature:
Durable PVC chest strap
Made with a strong 270g polyester & cotton blend ripstop outer
Nylon lined shoulders to help prevent rubbing
Large shoulder gussets for greater range of natural movement
Large tail flap for greater protection from dust, insects and sun
Removable and adjustable webbing leg straps
Contrast trim

Handy tip: We purchased the baby/toddler car seatbelt strap protectors from the baby section of Big W, they are the perfect size to cover the PVC chest strap and reduce rubbing to the chest area. We use these on any rug with the PVC chest strap, regardless of brand.

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Review: Sudocrem

Sudocrem is a barrier cream that can be purchased from your local pharmacy. I inadvertently caused Amira a rub injury to her shoulders by changing her rug size from a 6.3” to a 6.6” while she is long enough and has enough height for a 6.6” she simply has not yet filled out, and does not have the muscle and body mass to fill a 6.6”. When I removed her rug to groom her I noticed large rub marks to either side of her shoulder area, clearly this was caused by the rubbing and friction of the larger rug and it is not something that has happened to her before. I now know this is one of the most common fitting problems, caused by the rug being too big for the horse. If the rug is too big it tends to slip behind the wither, causing the rug to pull up in the chest area, causing rubbing. I was surprised at how quickly this happened as it was only over a one or two day period. I immediately went to Horseland at Maitland and purchased Amira another two Kool Coat rugs in the smaller size, being 6.3” and sought some advice on what would be best to treat the rubbed area. Sarah advised that Sudocrem would work well, providing an effective barrier and protection to allow healing, together with an anti static barrier to prevent further rubbing to the area. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge not only Sarah, but the other staff at Horseland Maitland, not only do they have sound product knowledge, they have hands on experience and expertise that is very beneficial to shoppers, so from me to you, thank you!

The good news is….it works!! I have been applying it to the affected area every two to three days and there is a significant improvement, with no further rubbing to the area.

Sudocrem is used on humans, it is safe and effective and used on babies as a nappy rash cream. It is an emollient soothing cream, which has been used for over 80 years. It can be used in the management of minor skin disorders such as Eczema, dermatitis, wounds, rough skin, chapped hands, bruising, abrasions, scratches, cuts and minor burns. For more information on Sudocrem go to https://sudocrem.com/

Review: HandsOn Grooming/Bathing Gloves

HandsOn Grooming/Bathing Gloves take grooming to a whole new level. They are made specifically for the equine and canine industries. Each glove has a palm pad, with nodules, that extend down the fingers and thumb. The nodules have enough depth and structure to easily remove the undercoat, or provide a good scrub, however, they do not appear to be uncomfortable for the horses, if anything they appear to be somewhat soothing for the horses, allowing you to massage the horse and stimulate circulation as you groom. Perfect for de-shedding and scrubbing, the hair does not stick to the glove or the nodules, simply flick your hand or brush your hands together and the hair comes right off. They do not lose their functionality when wet, after use, simply rinse them and allow them to air dry. Used on both of our horses, I have found the gloves to be a comfortable and secure fit, protecting your hands against the elements, they fasten with a velcro wrist strap to hold the gloves firmly in place, which reduces slipping and rubbing. In addition, they have a versatile flexible grip allowing normal operation of your hands, there is no need to remove the gloves to use the hose, lead ropes or other tasks associated with grooming and bathing your horse. They can be used both wet and dry and they appear to wear well. Our gloves were purchased from Horseland Maitland

For more information go to https://handsongloves.com or http://www.horseland.com.au

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Service Review: David Cooper Equine Dentistry

David detailed that he relocated to the Hunter Valley some five years ago, having moved from the Taree area. David has been providing Equine Dentistry services for over 17 years, and currently services between Kempsey and Sydney NSW. He came to us highly recommended and has a well established business and a good reputation.

On 9 October 2017 David Cooper provided Equine Dentistry to our two horses Bailey a 7 year old Thoroughbred gelding and Amira a 3 year old Warmblood mare (unbroken). David has tended to Bailey previously, providing maintenance service approximately 12 months ago and given Bailey is 7 years old and his teeth are in good health, he requires maintenance annually. This was Amira’s first time with the Dentist, she has just turned 3 years of age, is currently unbroken and went to the breakers on 2 November 2017. Amira had some of her baby teeth removed, to make room for her new teeth that where coming up underneath, in addition she had two very small wolf teeth removed, these were removed for her comfort with being broken to the bit. These teeth if they remained could have caused her rubbing and discomfort. Given Amira’s age, David advised she will require maintenance service every 6 months until she reaches 5 or 6 years of age.

I was very happy with the service and treatment provided by David, he provided good, sound dentistry to both horses, without concern or issue. We will continue to use his services and would highly recommend him to others.

Review – White Healer, by Ranvet

On 23 August 2017 I published a post for day three of Health Week at Horseland Maitland, it was on this day that I was introduced to Neely Hopkins from Ranvet, Neely specialises in animal health and nutrition technical support, not only was I able to discuss the injury to Amira and her treatment and set backs to date, I was physically able to show Neely photographs and discuss my concerns, as this scar appears to become somewhat dry and flaky intermittently and I was wanting to stop the injury site from drying out, while trying to reduce the size of the scar and encourage the hair to grow back in that area. Neely was able to recommend a product that will achieve the results I am seeking.

I have been treating Amira’s leg with the white healer, cleaning the site intermittently, and re-applying the white healer. It must be said that I am impressed with the progress thus far. When viewing the photographs below, keep in mind that this injury occurred in the January floods of 2016, the injury site has required surgical intervention on three occasions over the proceeding 12 months. The white healer is thick in consistency and provides good coverage of the scar tissue; it is a smooth, easy to apply zinc based cream made of all natural ingredients. White healer is safe, effective and easy first aid for all skin damage and infections, with no added pharmaceutical drugs, it is noted to have a powerful anti-bacterial and antifungal activity with a strong astringent and germicidal action. I use this product for protect the skin wound whilst simultaneously encouraging the healing process, however, it has an array of other benefits, it can be used to protect a wide variety of wounds and abrasions, it controls infection of skin wounds, controls fungal skin infections and can be used on a wide variety of skin ailments including minor skin wounds, rope burns, greasy heel, rain scald, mud fever and skin irritations associated with girth galls and cracked heels.

There is a visible improvement to Amira’s scar tissue, it is less flaky and scaly, and the hair is starting to grow back in parts throughout the scar. I am hoping this injury will continue to improve over time, with ongoing treatment and conditioning. I would recommend this product to others.

For further information on Ranvet products, please contact Ranvet at https://www.ranvet.com.au / or email neely.hopkins@ranvet.com.au

Woof Wear Smart Event Boots

Woof Wear Smart Event Boots for both front and hind. When we commenced cross-country and eventing with Bailey, our 17hh Thoroughbred, we researched jump boots and the protection they offered. We then asked around, speaking to others in relation to what boot they were using and the pro’s and con’s of each brand. A consistent thread of feedback in relation to possible issues with eventing boots was, they slip when wet, retain water and so forth, with a number of people detailing that they needed to tape their boots in order for them to remain in place during an event. For us, taping was simply not an option, not only may it cause injury to the horse and have other significant implications, but it is totally unacceptable to purchase a product only to have to tape it into place. We currently use Woof Wear Brushing Boots when participating in dressage and have found them to be durable and well fitting, they have extra padding on the strike plate yet they are lightweight and long lasting, providing maximum protection from knocks or brushing injuries. Experience/knowledge of product, together with recommendations, we chose to purchase the Woof Wear Smart Eventing Boots and we were not disappointed.

These boots are designed for use in the most advanced, high intensity disciplines – particularly cross country, and providing 360 degree protection to the horse’s legs. Designed with tri-layer tendon and cannon bone protection, with a vented PU shell, D30 impact protection and breathable neoprene lining. The D30 is a patented technology used to create a soft and flexible shock-absorbing barrier featuring unique molecular properties. At rest, its molecules flow freely, but on impact, they lock together to absorb impact energy and reduce the force transmitted. The greater the force of impact, the more the molecules lock together, providing greater the protection for your horse. Featuring a Repel Technology to prevent water absorption, a protective mesh to prevent grit and dirt ingress, and a double lock touch tape closure for a secure fit, they are perfect for cross country. They are easy to fit and did not move, or slip on Bailey even when wet. When we removed the boots, they were damp, but had not retained water. Bailey’s legs were comfortable when removed, they were not hot or cool and there was very limited dirt that managed to get under the boots, even following the water obstacles.

They feature

  • Flexible cannon bone protection made of D30 and neoprene;
  • Triple tendon protection with a PU shell, D30 and neoprene;
  • Double lock closure for a secure fit;
  • Breathable neoprene to keep the legs cool;
  • Vented tendon shell to keep the joints and ligaments cool;
  • Protective mesh around vents which prevents the dirt and grit

Our boots were purchased from Horseland at Maitland for $159.95 for a set of two, for Bailey we purchased a large size for both front and back, the boots are available in small, medium and large.

Black – Set of 2

Also available in hind boots: Woof Wear Smart Hind Event Boot

Size guide:         Front         Hind

13.2hh – 14.1hh         S         S

14.2hh – 15.1hh         S         M

15.2hh – 16.2hh         M         M

16.3hh +         L         L

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For more information in relation to Woof Wear smart event boots, or other Woof Wear products, please visit http://www.woofwear.com