7 Horse Grooming Supplies

Grooming is an important part of caring for a horse and maintaining horse health. A daily maintenance regiment can help prevent nagging skin and hoof conditions from occurring and escalating down the road—scratches, thrush, etc. After a tough winter for horses and riders alike, your grooming kit may be in need of resupply. Here are seven horse grooming supplies you shouldn’t be without this spring!

1. Curry Comb/ Shedding Blade: Your horse brushes can only do so much! A good curry will help lift dirt, dander, and shedding hair from your horse’s healthy coat. The course rubber fingers on the Oster Curry Comb and the Jr. Grooma Groomer are ideal for the job. For unclipped horses, a shedding blade with metal teeth does wonders for thinning out a thick winter coat and removing caked on mud. Don’t use this product on your horse’s face or legs.

2. Brushes: Every horse grooming kit should contain at least two types of horse brush—a stiff brush (to remove dirt, mud, and dried sweat) and a softer body brush (to clean dust and add shine). Personally, I’m a huge fan of flick brushes because the long, flexible bristles make brushing off dirt and dust easier and more efficient. The high quality and wide selection of Winner’s Circle brushes has made this brand particularly popular. To keep your brushes clean and looking like new, try soaking them in Brush Therapy.

3. Horse Clippers and Clipper Blades: A good set of horse clippers makes the task a whole lot easier. Check out the Oster Variable Speed Clipmaster—a model well suited for full body clipping. The 2-speed Oster Turbo A-5 is great for smaller jobs, such as clipping the ears, legs, and face. To prevent scratches, keep pasterns trimmed and dry. On the go, use the battery operated Wahl Pocket Pro to trim your horse’s whiskers.

4. Mane, Tail, and Coat Spray: Before running a comb through your horse’s tail, help protect it. Car & Day & Martin Canter Mane and Tail Detangler eases tangles, conditions, and adds healthy shine. Until the weather warms up enough to give your equine companion a full bath, Cowboy Magic Green Spot Remover provides the no-rinse solution to dissolving manure, dirt, and sweat stains.

5. Hoof Pick and Hoof Conditioner: Hoof care is a critical part of keeping your horse healthy. Pick feet on a daily basis, especially after turn-out and before and after your ride. Wet conditions foster the growth of thrush. By removing mud from the frog and sole areas, the risk of thrush development is significantly mitigated. Condition and restore brittle hooves on an as needed basis with Absorbine Hooflex Therapeutic Conditioner Liquid.

6. Liniment: As the spring/ summer horse show season begins to ramp up, our horses’ muscles and tendons are working harder than ever. Help relieve soreness and inflammation with horse liniments like Sore No-More and Vetrolin Liniment Gel.

7. Fly Spray: Be prepared for bug season. There are many great products on the market to keep your horse pest free. Choose fly spray based on the types of bugs in your area and on the sensitivity of your horses’ skin. Ultrashield Ex is a quality product that protects against mosquitoes, biting flies, fleas, ticks, and gnats. Swat Clear Ointment is the perfect solution for protecting cuts and other sensitive areas from house flies, stable flies, and face flies.

For more horse grooming supplies, check out our Horse Care section.

Your Turn: What’s In Your Horse Grooming Kit?

We love hearing from riders! What’s your horse grooming routine? What horse grooming supplies are must-haves for you and your horse? What are your favorite horse care products?

Muck Boots Are a Must-Have for Spring Stable Chores

The advent of spring in the equestrian community has been affirmed! Horses and riders are returning from their winter hideouts in Ocala, Wellington, Aiken and Thermal. Outdoor riding rings across the country are becoming serviceable, and the spring horse shows in Culpepper, Saratoga, and Parker are on the horizon.

With the arrival of spring, barns, paddocks, and horse show grounds will inevitably become ankle deep with mud. Whether you’re a trainer, rider, groom, or spectator, a reliable pair of waterproof muck boots will keep your feet dry and comfortable in any wet or muddy venue.

There are a ton of options to choose from when shopping for a muck boot. After testing some of the boots myself and surveying my fellow horse savvy co-workers, I am able to offer a few thoughts that will help you choose the muck boot that’s right for your feet!

Mudruckers

Mudruckers Muck BootsMudruckers makes quality products while keeping your budget in mind. The unisex Mudruckers Tall Boot is 100% waterproof with a reinforced rubber toe, a stretchy neoprene calf, and Comfort-Flo lining that wicks moisture to keep feet dry and warm. In comparison to its Muck Boot Company equivalent, this boot is equally comfortable and lighter weight with a deeper tread.

Conclusion: The Mudruckers Tall Boot is an excellent value.

Muck Boot Company

The Original Muck Boot Company is renowned for its durable, high quality performance footwear. The distinctive design and tailored cut of the new Reign Tall makes this boot both functional and flattering. Like the Tack Classic, The Reign is highly durable and 100% waterproof. However, this particular model is unique (and awesome!) because it has been designed specifically for a woman’s foot. For those who prefer a muck boot without the clunky feel, the Reign Tall is definitely the way to go. The XPressCool interior lining truly makes this boot more breathable than other models (I took them for a test drive). As an added bonus, these boots are suitable to ride in; the toe, heel (complete with spur rest), and tread have been designed to fit safely and appropriately into a stirrup.The four-way stretch neoprene calf will comfortably accommodate jeans, riding tights, or breeches.

Conclusion: For women, the Reign Tall is the lowest profile and most comfortable boot made by Muck Boot Company.

Noble Outfitters

Noble Outfitters Muck BootsThe Noble Outfitters Muds Tall Boot is a new muck boot also designed specifically for women. This boot offers a superior comfortable footbed (with arch support), as well as the best tread for slippery conditions. The upper is made from industrial grade rubber and features a reinforced toe and heel, making these boots both durable and protective. The neoprene calf is lined with ultra breathable and moisture wicking mesh to help you stay cool.

Conclusion: The Muds Tall Boot is a comfortable, well made muck boot for women at a reasonable price.

We’d love to hear from you! What’s your favorite pair of muck boots?

Spotlight on Ariat Riding Apparel

For nearly 25 years, Ariat boots, riding apparel and accessories have been favorites of English riders. Ariat riding breeches are some of the most popular products with Dover customers, yet there’s so much to the Ariat brand. Here are a few of our favorite Ariat items.

Ariat Terrain H20 Boots

These boots are suitable for all types of terrain and all types of weather. You can go straight from working in the barn to riding in any weather without changing footwear, which makes these Ariat boots perfect for this time of year.

The Terrain H20 boots feature full-grain leather uppers and a removable moisture-wicking footbed designed to keep you comfortable in all conditions. The supportive midsole and durable tread offer plenty of traction while in no way compromising style. If you are looking for a high-performance boot that will keep you feeling great through a long day of working and riding, the Terrain H20 from Ariat is the boot.

Ariat Olympia Euro Seat Knee Patch Breech

These classic Ariat riding breeches feature advanced technology. They are made of a unique nylon fabric with a soft cotton lining, meaning that they are breathable but still durable and stain resistant. The four-way stretch fabric ensures that these breeches will give riders of every shape and size the flattering fit they are looking for.

Ariat Tek Grip Riding Gloves

Even with the enormous range of high-end gear available to today’s horse rider, sometimes the simplest things are still the best. These Ariat riding gloves are a perfect example. Ariat’s Tek Grip gloves feature a palm and fingers made of synthetic suede to give you excellent grip, while the back is made of a durable stretch material. A simple Velcro closure adds an extra bit of practicality. These gloves offer everything you need, with no unnecessary extras.

Your Turn: Tell Us Your Favorite Ariat Items

We love Ariat riding apparel, and Dover customers are big fans of Ariat, too. What’s your favorite piece of Ariat gear?

3 Tips for Organizing a Barn

Spring has arrived (at last!) in many regions of the country. If you’re like most riders, you’re enjoying the fresh air and sunshine and the warmth of the sun as you ride. Spring is also a time for organizing your barn. Tack and riding equipment have a funny way or piling up and getting disheveled during long, cold winter months, and the thaw of Spring is a perfect reason to tidy up the barn.

Here are a few tips to help you organize your barn for Spring:

1. Remove out-of-season items from the barn

Winter riding apparel and heavy fleece coolers should be cleaned and packed away. A large tack trunk is perfect for stowing away winter gear during spring and summer months. You can use the same trunk to store summer riding gear and equipment when cool weather returns in the fall. Look for a sturdy trunk or rodent-proof bin.

2. Clean and store horse blankets

That heavy-weight turnout blanket you used all winter? Stow it away! Bulky winter horse clothing takes up space; clean horse blankets and store them in an air-tight container. Products like Nikwax Rug Wash™ are ideal for use on waterproof horse clothing. You can also search for a professional horse cleaner in your area.

3. Add cedar blocks to tack trunks to deter pests

Nothing is more frustrating than taking seasonal horse gear out of storage and discovering it’s full of holes. Rodents, moths, and other pests can wreak havoc on your horse tack and riding apparel – gear you’ve spent hundreds or thousands of dollars on. Protect your gear by placing a cedar block inside your tack trunk and securing the lid tightly before stashing it away for the summer.

Organizing a barn for spring can be a tedious, time-consuming chore, but it’s worth it. You’ll extend the life of your tack and spend less time rummaging through clutter when it’s time to ride.

Spotlight on M. Toulouse Saddles

Marcel Toulouse is known for their ability to blend old world quality with the latest advances in saddle making at a remarkable value. Featuring classic French designs, every M. Toulouse saddle is made of the finest materials available, with high-end craftsmanship. It’s one reason the brand is incredibly popular with riders who shop at Dover Saddlery.

Toulouse saddles combine classic lines with modern technology to make a truly unique product that can be easily customized to fit horses and riders of all shapes and sizes. Toulouse offers a wide range of saddle models to suit the needs of Dressage Riders as well as close contact saddle models that work for a variety of horse jumping sports. The easiest way to find a saddle you love is to visit a Dover store to see and feel the saddle for yourself. Looking for suggestions? Here are a few Toulouse saddles we are proud to offer.

Aachen Pro Dressage Saddle with Genesis

Serious dressage riders need to use a saddle that keeps them in intimate contact with their horse; this sensitivity can make the difference between scoring a five and a ten in competition. The pull-up leather provides a secure and broken in feel from day one. With the Genesis adjustable gullet system you will be able to custom fit all your horses. The system adjusts to virtually any saddle width needed-millimeter by millimeter. Soft wool panels and Y-girthing give this Toulouse saddle a secure, comfortable fit that your horse will appreciate as much as you do.

Celine Close Contact Saddle

This saddle offers incredible quality for the price. It is made with attention to detail that is often not found in saddles costing twice as much. Comfort Fit Panels found in Marcel Toulouse saddles enable riders to enjoy the benefits of both foam and wool flocking. The wool is stuffed into a foam panel lining and can be adjusted for the horse. The foam panel lining is intended to help reduce pressure points. The Adjusta-Block system allows the rider to change the knee block to customize the rider’s leg fit. This jumping saddle is ideal for Equitation and Hunter/Jumper Riders.

Denisse Close Contact Saddle with Genesis

This is a great jump saddle with a slightly deeper seat making it ideal for Equitation and Hunt Seat riders. The narrow twist combined with a textured leather seat offers a secure feel, while the anatomic knee rolls hold the rider’s leg in position on the flat and over fences. The patented Genesis adjustable gullet system allows precise, millimeter-by-millimeter adjustment, meaning that this Toulouse saddle adjusts to any tree size your horse needs. The adjustable knee and calf blocks offer a customizable fit that will work for a variety of riders.

Plaistow Tent Sale – Save up to 75%!

Plaistow Tent Sale – Save up to 75%*
April 25-27, Friday & Saturday 9-8; Sunday 11-4

Enter to win your order FREE! Up to $500! Tent Sale Weekend Only! To become eligible for a refund of up to $500 on a single purchase, bring a copy of this ad to the tent sale. One winner only. Contest ends April 27.

*Items under the tent, while supplies last. Savings based on list price.

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Crofton Discussion: My Horse Moves Well, But Why Don’t I?

Discussions at Dover: My Horse Moves Well, But Why Don’t I?
Thursday, April 24; 6:30 to 7:30 pm

We will discuss:
• Is it you or your horse that is imbalanced?
• What to stretch or strengthen to optimize performance.
• How to correct imbalances through stretching, foam roll and core

Free admission and refreshments, door prizes, $5 gift certificate for every attendee.

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Branchburg Discussion: Equi-Tape – The First Elastic Kinesiology Athletic Training Tape for the Equine Athlete

Discussions at Dover
Equi-Tape: The First Elastic Kinesiology Athletic Training Tape for the Equine Athlete

Thursday, April 17; 6:30-7:30pm

We will discuss how it works and application techniques.

Free admission and refreshments, door prizes, $5 gift certificate for every attendee.

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Austin Tent Sale – Save up to 75%!

Austin Tent Sale – Save up to 75%*
April 4-6, Friday & Saturday 9-8; Sunday 11-4

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Enter to win your order FREE! Up to $500! Tent Sale Weekend Only! To become eligible for a refund of up to $500 on a single purchase, bring a copy of this ad to the tent sale. One winner only. Contest ends April 6.

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Charlotte Tent Sale – Save up to 75%*

Charlotte Tent Sale – Save up to 75%*
March 21-23; Friday-Saturday 9-8; Sunday 11-4

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To become eligible for a refund of up to $500 on a single purchase, bring a copy of this email to the tent sale. One winner only. Contest ends March 23.

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*Items under the tent, while supplies last. Savings based on list price.