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I think it is safe to say that just about all of us want our horses to be Mustanghealthy. There are a lot of products out today, good products that we can use to help maintain our hoofed friends health. Everything from shampoos to vitamins, and even pest control (internal & external). Although nothing beats a good veterinarian, horse health care products can be cheaper, and are just as effective at solving minor issues. In this article I am going to discuss some of the various ways you can take care of your horses everyday needs without calling in the big guns.

Shampoos & WashesWash Day

Lets start with the basics, shampoos / washes. There are many, many types of horse washes out today. Everything from hypoallergenic, all natural / organic, sensitive skin, and so on. Pretty much any kind you can find for humans you can also find for horses. One popular brand named Mane ‘N Tail was originally created for horses, but is often used by people. It is said to make hair softer, healthier, and promote growth. Other good brands include:Foam

  • Farnam Vetrolin
  • Pet MD Medicated
  • Calm Coat Hypoallergenic
  • Mane ‘N Tail
  • WARHORSE Natural

As well as many, many more. This is just to scratch the surface.

Hoof Care

Hoof care may be one of the most important parts of the external care of your horses. Horses rely heavily on their hooves maybe even more than we do on our feet, as improper care, or problems with hooves can mean the difference in life, or death. Also, having to seek treatment for problems with hooves can be very costly, so prevention is the best option for health, and finances. Hoof Cleaning

There are a plethora of informational books out there on horse hoof care, and horse health care products in general for that matter. Caring for a horses feet may seem like a daunting task, but is generally fairly easy. You should start foals out young though to try, and ready them, and prevent having to handle a stubborn, unaccustomed adult horse. Several of these books are:

  • The Essential Hoof Book: The Complete Modern Guide to Horse Feet by Susan Kauffmann
  • Horse Trimming Made Simple by Dennis Cappel
  • Hoof Care For Horses by Henry Heymering C.J.F. R.M.F.
  • Millwater’s Farriery: The Illistrated Dictionary of Horseshoeing and Hoofcare by Dave Millwater

I recommend keeping a log book of this information, and every time you perform any care to your horses just in case you ever need this exact information.

Hoof Tools

Now we will talk about tools. There of course are all kinds of tools, and tool kits available for hoof care. I personally love the kits, and you can often find them cheaper than buying the items separate. The tools you will generally need are:Horseshoe

  • A stand. Now this is optional. You can always rest the hoof on your knee, or something else, but these are made specifically for this task, and can come in very handy especially for comfort. Tough-1, HoofJack, and Hoof-it make some pretty good stands.
  • Hoof oils, and conditioners: These come in many different forms, but are best used every other day during the summer to maintain hoof health, and prevent cracking. Some good brands of these are Farnam (deep penetrating), Absorbine Hooflex, SOUND, Fiebing’s, and Farriers’ Fix.
  • Shoes: Check horse shoes every day
  • Pick: A good hoof pick is an important thing. It is best to pick your horses hooves out every day to help clear rocks, and debris. A few brands I recommend are: Ultimate Hoofpick, Wahl, Tough-1, and Intrepid International.
  • Rasp: A rasp is used to file down your horses hooves which are essentially giant toe nails, and a rasp is a giant toe nail file. Tough-1, Southwestern Equine, Heller, and ProRider are a few good brands.
  • Hoof Nipper: Where the rasp is the nail file, the nipper are the nail clippers. They help to trim away excess nail from the hoof. JT International, Tough-1, and Southwestern Equine sell some great hoof nippers.
  • Knife: There is also a small tool some call just a knife. It looks kind of like a knife, but is used to shave away some of the nail. Southwestern Equine, Tough-1, and JT International also sell great knives.

Now if you want to purchase these all in a kit then Tractor Supply, Southwestern Equine, ProRider, and JT International sell nice kits that usually come with a carry case, and all.

Combs & Brushes

Combs are a pretty self-explanatory item. I recommend brushing your horse after every ride, and any time you feel it is necessary in between. You can brush your horses to remove dirt between washes, scratch those hard to reach places to help your buddy out, or just to bond with your horse. I enjoy it, and find it relaxing. Emma Brushing Molly

Dewormer & PestFly

Keeping your hoofed friend worm, and pest free can be fairly simple, but is a very important part of care. Worms are a problem for any animals, and can cause digestive issues, and trouble with appetite. A worm problem left untreated can even lead to your pet not getting enough nutrients, and essentially starving. Horse Fly

External pests are also a major problem for horses. They can lead to infections, and diseases carried in by the pests, or obtained after from wounds. It can also cause skin problems, open sores, and not to mention all the discomfort. These pests include: Flies, ticks, lice, horse-flies, mosquitoes, bot flies, and many others depending on your location. All of these mean bad news for your horse. Some of the best horse dewormers, and pest control medications on the market today are:

  • Farnam has all kinds of pest control from wormer to external pest.
  • Durvet Dewormer
  • Pfizer Feed Fly Preventative
  • Animed
  • Pyranha

Just to name a small portion

Vitamins

Horse vitamins serve basically the same purpose that human vitamins do, and come in all different types, and needs. Everything from every day supplements, joint protection, and health, senior horse supplements, and any need you can imagine they have a vitamin for it. Some of my favorite brands are:

  • Farnam: This brand really does it all.
  • Animed MSM
  • Majesty’s
  • Horse Gaurd

Always research vitamins, and choose what’s right for your horse.

TreatsOats

Who does not like a good sweet treat every once in a while, or when we do something good? I know I do. Your horse will love them too. Other than the basic apples, and fruits I like to feed to horses you can also find good, nutritional, healthy treats out on the horse market.

Not all horse treats out there are good for your horse though, so like anything do your research before choosing. I have done some of the research for you, and here are some of the best ones that do not cost an arm, and a leg as well.

  • Purina Nicker Makers Horse Treats, all Purina Horse Treats: I have always loved Purina brand foods in general for all my pets. They are made with good ingredients, and decently priced.
  • Sweet Farm Natural Horse Treats: An all natural treat
  • Omega Nibblers Low Sugar & Starch: Pretty self-explanatory what these are all about.
  • Manna Pro: Comes in all kinds of varieties for all your horses needs

Throw in a nice salt lick for extra benefits.

FeedApples In Row

Choosing the right feed will make the difference between a happy horse, and a colicky horse. I recommend choosing a feed, and feeding only one new feed at a time to make sure if any reactions occur that you will know which feed caused the problems. Also, when switching from one food to another, unless there is a major problem with the previous food introduce the new food by adding small amount of the new food to the old food, and gradually increasing the percentage of new food until only the new food is left. This will help reduce the chances of rejection. Always pay very close attention to your horses diet, and dieting needs. Some of the foods I prefer are:

  • Purina: Always a favorite of mine.
  • Farnam: Comes in all diet needs, and made from good ingredients.
  • Manna Pro: Also comes in all diet needs, and made from good ingredients.
  • Total Feeds Total Equine: Very good feed, a tad bit more expensive.Hay Stacked  

Hay Field

So Long For NowWalkng With Emma & Molly

I hope that this article helps you even just a little in your search for horse health care products. These products are an important part of horse ownership, and every horse deserves to have the best, of the best, of the best in every aspect of their lives, and so do you! Do not hesitate to comment below, or contact me at staci@horse-gear.com with any questions, or research requests. Thank y’all & take care!

Horse Riding EquipmentHere at Horse Gear, I believe that the right equipment is not only a good thing for us humans, but for our horses as well. After all, if our horses are not happy then we won’t be either. I am going to talk about a few types of horse riding equipment here, and a little bit about what all responsible horse parents should know about gear. These are the main items you will need. I will add another post soon with additional Horse Gear.

Saddles

 Saddles are the devices that go on top of your horse for seating. They are strapped on with a girth (padded strap around your horse’s stomach), and also contain stirrups which hold your feet to make you more comfortable. Western Saddle

 There are several different types, and styles of saddles. You will want to find the one that best fits your rump and the riding occasion. After all, it can be a bumpy ride sometimes. Whether you are just joyriding or riding for a show you can find exactly what is right for you. You can even find them in any color you fancy. The most common styles are:

  • Dressage
  • Endurance
  • Western
  • Polo
  • Sidesaddle
  • Cutting
  • Reining
  • Australian
  • Barrel Racing
  • General

Saddle Pads

 Saddle pads are the cushions that go between your saddle, and your horse. It makes the ride more comfortable and helps to prevent rubs or scrapes on your horse’s skin.Saddle Pad

 Saddle pads come in all kinds of colors, and designs. Whatever your heart desires you can find it.

Bridles

 Bridles go on, and around your horse’s head to be the base point of communication between you, and your horse.Horse Wearing Bridle

 Finding the right bridle can be a daunting task. It all boils down to the size of your horse’s head, the type of riding you are doing, and the comfort of your horse of course. There are 6 main types of bridles, and they each serve a different purpose just like all of our other horse riding equipment detailed in this post. Here are the 6 main styles:

  • Western
  • Relief
  • Snaffle
  • Double
  • Halter
  • Bitless

All come in different styles

Bits

 Bits go in your horse’s mouth and apply pressure to help your horse know which direction you are asking him to go.Smiling Horse

 Bits should be easier to choose from but are just as important as saddles, bridles, or reins. In some cases, these are not always needed. Also, you have to be sure to place the bit over your horse’s tongue, and never under. This can cause severe pain for your horse, and even result in injury. Some of the different types of bits are:

      • Snaffle

     

      • Curb

     

      • Pelham

     

        • Gag

       

      • Double

     

      • Hackamore
      • Mouthpiece

     

 

All of which come in different variations

Reins & LeadsHorse With Reins

 Reins are the ropes so to speak that fasten to the bridle and connect it to your hands. They serve as the metaphorical steering wheel during your ride.

 Leads are usually a single rope used to lead your horse where you need it to go whenever you are not riding. They are often used when you have a child or an inexperienced rider on the horse.

 There are a few different variations of reins and leads. Reins are pretty much either double (a single strand on each side of your horse’s head, not connected) and closed (one single line connected from one side to the other). I prefer to buy double and then tie it together if I want to use it as a closed rein. Leads generally come in a few different types of rope, many colors, and different styles of clips. A few of the rope styles are:

  • Hand Braided/Braided
  • Chain
  • Leather

Again, all come in different styles, combinations, and variations

Decorative

 Decorative items are an option for anyone who wants to express their personalities with their horses or add a dash of color, and/or style to their horse riding equipment. Some people enter parades, or shows, and go all out with their horse costumes.Horse In Parade

 There are all kinds of options to choose from, and definitely way too many for me to even come close to naming them all, but I will try to scratch the surface. Of course with everything they come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors, and they are all wonderful. You just choose what’s best for your personality, and style, and run with it. Some of the different types are:Braided Horse

  • Beads
  • Paints
  • Sashes
  • Feathers
  • Hair Styles
  • Sequins
  • JewelsBridle Decorations

Seems Like A Lot Doesn’t It

 Choosing the right horse riding equipment can be a fun, and exciting experience. Yea, I know that there seems to be so many types of horse gear that it may be difficult to decide which style is best suited for you, and your horse, but its something you can do very easily. With all the different styles, colors, materials, etc. It won’t be long before you, and your horse are riding off into the sunset in your new duds. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. Thank y’all, and take care!Horse In My Hair

Get the Horse Gear you need here! 

  I did not add a section on Stirrups, Girths, Leg Wraps, Horseshoeing Supplies, Blankets, and more.  You can find them all by clicking the links in the words. Also, look for my new post! 

Hey Y’all! Staci Jones here! Welcome to Horse Gear where we live, and breathe HORSES! Who knew happiness had a smell! We are here to serve all of your horse needs, and if there is ever anything I can do for you do not hesitate to let me know!

MY LITTLE OLE STORY

I grew up in a small town on the outskirts of Benton Arkansas. I have had a passion for horses as long as I can remember, and have been riding just as long. When I wasnt out riding I spent my younger days in the woods with my little sister playing in the creeks, making soups out of leaves, building forts, and even catching snakes. I am right at home outdoors, and actually prefer it. Fresh air does the body, and soul good.

I had a pretty rough home life as a child, and horses were always my escape. No matter what was going on in my world I could always get lost in the horse world, and I loved it! I would sit for hours sometimes just talking to them. I was so free on horseback, and even enjoyed bathing them after the days ride, and as I grew so did my love for this magnificent animal. So kind, and gentle yet strong, and sometimes stubborn. Pretty much like me! That lifelong love led me here, and now I share this passion with my children.

WHAT LED ME HERE

First of all my passion for horses, and anything that has to do with them. I am a caring person by nature, and I believe that everyone should have access to things that will improve their life in any way. Good quality products are not the foundation of a fulfilling life, but they darn sure make things better, and often easier.

WHY I CREATED THIS SITE

A major part of living, and breathing horses is tack. The proper gear is definitely essential for a safe, comfortable ride not only for us humans, but for our horses as well. Not to mention a home just would not be complete without at least one thing horse. I am here to provide everyone with the best in horse gear, and every day items.

If you ever need a hand or have a question, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out. Thank you so much for your time!

All the best,

Staci Jones

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Me & my little sister Haley in 1993 fishing at my Grandma Faye’s