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UNSOLICITED, UN-SPONSORED RECOMMENDATIONS – I HAVE PURCHASED AND USE THESE PRODUCTS

EQUIVIZOR™ FLY MASK - WITH NOSE PROTECTION  29/7/19

 

Best Fly mask with nose protection,   why I think it’s best

  • Stays on securely even with horses that play and pull other masks off

  • Less sweating behind the ears

  • The ‘stiffening material’ forms a ‘veranda’ over the horses’ eyes and keeps the mesh off the eyelashes and eyes.

  • The stiffening material over the nose flap helps prevent the flap from sitting on the nostrils and annoying the horse

  • The mesh is extra strong

  • Nicely adjustable

VERDICT

Improvements I would recommend- making both sections of the snap closure removeable/replaceable instead of having one side stitched on. I have used these visors for 5 years; I replace the visor each summer and am delighted with this product

MY RATING OUT OF 10

Design – 10

Fit – 10

Performance -10

Durability – 9

Value for money – 10

 

WEBSITE / PURCHASE

EQUIVIZOR™ FLY MASK - WITH NOSE PROTECTION

 SOURCE LINK : 

https://guardianhorseproducts.com.au/collections/equivizor-fly-mask/products/equivizor-fly-mask-with-nose-protection

 

ON SPECIAL 29/07/19

Use Discount Code: EQUIVIZOR5 at checkout and receive $5.00 off 
Mini, Pony and X-Large Fly Masks (Includes Standard, With Ear Protection, With Nose Protection and With Nose and Ear Protection)

A superior patent pending unique design of 3 strategically located darts across the forehead creates a “Vizor” made from a soft UV proof EVA lining and a UV proof PVC mesh. It lifts and extends the mask up and prevents it from collapsing on the eyes. This combined use of EVA lining and PVC mesh not only helps avoid eye injuries but also increases the overall UV protection to 95%. The combined use of these two materials also insulates the forehead from the heat of the sun and increases shade and ventilation to the eyes. 

A first of its kind Quick Release Clip System features two adjustable straps (one over the poll behind the ears and one under the throat) along with a Velcro strap under the chin. This not only creates greater size adjustability to help fit your horse better, but also helps to prevent your horse from removing their mask. Safety is also built in as these are break-away clips should an emergency happen.

The nose flap is designed in a way that once the mask is fitted and the Velcro is secured, it allows the Nose flap to be slightly arched thereby minimizing any rubbing but still offering full 95% UV protection from the harmful heat and sun.

Fly masks come in black only. Other gallery picture colours are to illustrate the EVA material of the mask only.

You won't find a better made, more feature-rich fly mask on the market and they're Australian Made!!

 

FURMINATOR EQUINE DE-SHEDDING TOOL29/7/19

If you have a horse with a thick winter coat this is a super tool for pulling out the dead coat at change of season. It’s a little less effective on shorter, finer winter coats. It’s satisfying to be able to remove so much hair in one session that you can see the ‘track marks’ of new coat. I recommend this tool for the ‘fleshy areas’ on the horse only. Not for legs or head. I like the ‘push ejector’ that forces the hair you have stuck in the teeth, out easily. This means the tool doesn’t clog like many grooming tools.  It’s the mainstay of my spring grooming arsenal.

MY RATING OUT OF 10

Design – 10

Ease of Use – 10

Performance -9

Durability – 10

Value for money – 8 – a little pricey at approximately $75 but extremely sturdy.

WEBSITE / PURCHASE

 SOURCE LINK : 

https://www.vetnpetdirect.com.au/products/furminator_equine_deshedding_tool

FURMINATOR EQUINE DE-SHEDDING TOOL

The design of the edge allows the tool to push through the topcoat to easily and gently remove the undercoat and loose hair without cutting or irritating the horse's delicate skin.  This tool features a 5" stainless steel de-shedding edge that reaches deep beneath your horse's topcoat to gently remove undercoat and loose hair.

PURE COTTON UNDER-RUG29/7/19

OXFORD DELUXE 100% COTTON COMBO WITH FREE TAIL BAG

OXFORD DELUXE 100% COTTON RUG

I’m a fan of cotton for under-rugs and summer sheets. Cotton breathes better than synthetics which is better for horses that may sweat and it doesn’t generate the nasty static electricity that synthetic rugs make when you pull them off. The only down-sides are that cotton fibres are not quite as strong as synthetic fibres so cotton rugs are a little more prone to tearing and deterioration from washing and weather. For me this hasn’t been a factor as my horses are in solo paddocks and by the time the rug has deteriorated and they are so dingy and manky that I’m ready to scrap them anyway. It took me some time to find a supplier of reasonably priced (for everyday wear) pure cotton rugs/combos with shoulder darts, high quality cotton fabric, well made with strong fittings. There 2 rugs from Newmarket fit the bill, the prices are amazingly good and the rest of their rug range is worth a look at too. I have always found Newmarket’s service to be excellent.

MY RATING OUT OF 10

Design – 9 (shoulder darts could be better placed)

Fittings – 10

Performance -9

Durability – 10

Value for money – 11

WEBSITE / PURCHASE

 SOURCE LINK : 

https://www.newmarketsaddlery.com.au/oxford-deluxe-100-cotton-combo-with-free-tail-bag/

https://www.newmarketsaddlery.com.au/oxford-deluxe-100-cotton-rug/

 

MUD GUARDS FOR HORSES

Some years ago I had a horse with horrendous mud fever (could have been greasy heel). So bad he ended up with cellulitis despite my extensive management measures and $2,000 worth of veterinary treatment. We live in an area with extremely dense clay type black mud in winter, I also suspected he was U.V. sensitive as he had ‘sores’ even in summer and I hadn’t heard of toxin binder. The only thing that worked were ‘Mud Guards’. Made in Australia out of a light waterproof canvas with very sturdy Velcro fastening and a soft lining. They stay in place and don’t hinder the horse’s movement or irritate the horse. They drape completely over the fetlock, hoof and bulb and stop the mud getting on to the skin and were the only thing that was effective in halting the mud fever.

MY RATING OUT OF 10

Design – 10

Fittings – 10

Performance -10

Durability – 10

Value for money – 10

WEBSITE / PURCHASE

 SOURCE LINK : 

http://www.mudguards4horses.com/

  • Assist in reducing skin conditions affecting pasterns and heels by keeping lower legs cleaner and drier.

  • Protect the skin from mud, dew, stable dirt , grass seed irritants and sunburn.

  • Washed and treated fetlocks stay cleaner and drier allowing fast healing.

  • Invaluable help in beating greasy heel

  • Remember, when it comes to greasy heel, prevention is definitely better than cure.

4CYTE FOR HUMANS-OSTEO RESTORE with EPIITALIS®  

If you ride horses sooner or later your body lets you know it's not happy and unfortunately this usually coincides with ageing. Interpath is the company who makes '4CYTE' for use with horses and it's shown scientifically to be effective.  Interpath also make a human version called OSTEO RESTORE with EPIITALIS® and Aquamin Forte.  I take this for osteoarthritis and it’s eased the pain significantly. OSTEO RESTORE with EPIITALIS® and Aquamin Forte is a daily dose of two to three easy-to-take capsules.

MY RATING OUT OF 10

Efficacy for me – 8

Value for money – 10 (Significantly cheaper than 4Cyte)

WEBSITE / PURCHASE

 SOURCE LINK : 

https://interpath.global/our-products/for-people/osteo-restore/

BIOLOGICAL WORMING PRODUCT FINALLY ON THE MARKET

BioWorma uses a natural strain of fungus – Duddingtonia flagrans – which seeks out and traps the larvae of parasites such as Barber’s Pole Worms, Brown Stomach Worms, Black Scour Worms and Thread Worms* (see end of article for list of worms in horses). It acts by substantially reducing the numbers of infective worm larvae (including multi-resistant larvae) emerging from manure onto pasture. When fed to animals, the thick-walled spores remain inert (having no effect within the host animal) and resist digestion, passing through into the manure. There they germinate and form trapping organs that capture, paralyse and consume emerging infective worm larvae (including multi-resistant larvae). The spores are safe, non-toxic and residue-free.

Types of roundworms trapped by Duddingtonia flagrans in Horses:

Large strongyles (large red worms), including Strongylus spp., Triodontophorus spp. and Oesophagodontus spp., small strongyles (small red worms or cyathostomes), including Cyathostomum spp., Cylicocyclus spp. and Cylicostephanus spp., Stomach Hair Worm (Trichostrongylus axei), Ascarids (Parascaris equorum), Threadworms (Strongyloides westeri) and Pinworms (Oxyuris equi).

WHERE DO YOU GET IT?

Currently BioWorma is only available as included in LIVAMOL, however it looks like it many eventually be available alone

https://www.bioworma.com

Duddingtonia flagrans reduces the number of gastrointestinal nematodes (GIN) larvae on pasture, which is significantly greater than a chemical wormer can do – Horses : 84% reduction

 SOURCE LINK : 

http://www.horsecouncil.org.au/news/game-changing-worming-product-finally-on-the-market/

 FOR MORE ON WORMS AND WORMERS - PG 2

 SOURCE LINK : 

For more information

https://www.bioworma.com/

https://www.duddingtonia.com/

http://www.iahp.com.au/

 

WORMS VS. DRUGS: THE FUNDAMENTALS

 SOURCE LINK : 

https://horsesidevetguide.com/drv/Topic/413/worms-vs-drugs-the-fundamentals/?utm_content=buffer24f30&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer&fbclid=IwAR3OcdqQ_UsyJ7nJB_w2dcMZM67oKeDcYkBhWRjtuZxlE_i-mKyUD2ADrvM

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