Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Horse Used It Up! #1

"I used it up" are always one of my favorite types of beauty blog posts. When I say that I love to talk about products I have completed, I really mean I could wax poetically for an obscene and unnecessary amount of time. That said, I will try to keep these posts reasonably brief and leave the loquaciousness for full product reviews, in which you have consented to a diatribe about that particular product.

So, tally ho then.

Farnam Nature's Defense 
Farnam describes this as their "Water-Based Fly Repellent Spray." And it is a concoction of the supposed anti-insect essential oils: citronella, clove, mint, and thyme. Let's see here, I paid about thirteen bucks for 32oz of this. I personally only use the non-pyrethrin based repellants on my geldings, and I find this one to be as good as any other. I do like having both an SPF and non-SPF based fly repellent (I do recognize this desire to be a bit excessive and over-thinking of the situation). I use the non-sunscreen based repellant at night time when there isn't going to be any sunlight. This one serves my non-SPF needs and I definitely would repurchase. Plus, the label has this pretty vintage looking water color scene of wild-flowers that makes me happy.

Espree Aloe Herbal Horse Spray
I've been through two bottles of this gem so far. I dig it because it not only has the fly repellants but also contains coat conditioners and sunscreen! This is the fly repellant I use when the horse is going back to his pasture during the day. This one contains these essential oils: citronella, cedarwood, and eucalyptus. I believe that Espree considers the aloe to be the coat conditioner. I certainly would repurchase this. It is about $16 for thirty two fluid ounces.

Eqyss Premier Spray - Marigold Sent
I love this spray so much that if I could only have one equine horse grooming product, this would be it. It is multi useful to the extreme. I predominantly use it as a conditioner for my gelding's coat. I use it to psychologically calm down myself and Luke before or after a ride - does this work? Hell if I know, but it makes me feel like I'm at least trying! In a pinch, I use it as a spot cleaner for him or myself. The thing to know about this product is that the scent is somewhat strong and you've got to like floral scents to enjoy it. Personally, I really love the smell and the scent inspires sunshine and warmth to me. Though I have to admit it is somewhat fragrance-y. I notice sometimes at the barn people exclaim "Is someone spraying perfume?" but I just keep applying and don't admit that it is me. I've gone through two bottles now and plan to buy a gallon, which I've figured to be a ten dollar savings if you buy the equivalent in the 32 oz spray bottles. So, it ain't cheap but I think it's quite worth it. 

SmartPak Smart Calm
This is SmarPak's brand supplement line version of nervous system support. Specifically, they describe it as "A cost-effective, non-herbal formula that supports proper nervous system function, helping to manage skittishness." It's a concoction of magnesium, taurine, inositol and vitamin B1. These are some of the basics of human nervous system supplementation as well. I bought this because my boy Luke had a hard time adjusting to his new life when he came to live with us at Clay Station Ranch. The pellets are pretty inexpensive - like twenty four bucks or something; had many great reviews; and I was sort of throwing anything I could at the horse to help him calm down and adjust. I also wasn't really sure of the horse's nutritional status prior to coming into my life. Did it work? Hard to say. I made a lot of changes all at once: pro-CMC, hock injections, multi-vitamins etc. I am not going to continue him on it. However, I don't think it hurts to give a horse a boost of magnesium and b-vitamins when you are trying to solve some behavioral issues. I found this to be good quality and a reasonable price. 

Our beloved Hanoverian, Getty

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