Our good friends over at Finish Line Horse Products INC, recently published an interesting study regarding their U-7 Gastric Aid product – They’ve been kind enough to compose a write up and share their results with all of you. Take a look!

Drugs or antacids? That’s what we usually have to choose from when our horse has ulcers. Not anymore. Now there is a natural product that has been clinically studied by one of the most prominent equine ulcer specialists in America—and the results are impressive!

Dr. Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, DACVS was the scientist who did important research on omeprazole (Gastroguard, Ulcerguard) and its effect on equine ulcers.

Now, Dr. McClure has used the same protocols: randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled—good science—to clinically study U-7 Gastric Aid and the results were surprising to many.

You can read the study here:


  • Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor, a drug that blocks acid production in the stomach. However, it also blocks calcium uptake.
  • Antacids, those products containing calcium, magnesium and aluminum work by neutralizing acid that is already in the horse’s stomach. However, PH sensors in the horse recognize the drop in acid and increase production. This is called acid rebound.

U-7 contains many ingredients that promote healthy tissues in the stomach and the hind gut. Giving U-7 Gastric Aid to your horse is easy and pleasant for the horse. Whether it is top-dressed or given orally with a syringe, horses find the botanical flavor to be extremely palatable and will even come to the front of the stall nickering and suck it out of the syringe. Horses know the good stuff.

The manufacturer makes U-7 Gastric Aid in the USA and guarantees the product to your satisfaction or your money back.

Entry represents opinion of the blogger, in this case the Finish Line Horse Products, INC brand. This post is not formally edited and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Dover Saddlery brand.


We’ve been getting a lot of questions about riding socks so we reached out to our good friends over at Mountain Horse® for some helpful information! Let us know what you think!

MH Logo HR

Fact: All equestrians wear boots. It doesn’t matter in which discipline you ride or the type of boots you ride in, we all wear boots — cowboy boots, paddock boots, tall boots, work boots, muck boots, groom boots. And since you wear boots, you’ve got to wear socks. When it comes to the comfort of your feet, socks are almost as important as the boots you wear. Many times, we blame a shoe or boot for “not working right” when, in fact, it’s probably the sock you’re wearing.

Why are socks so important? Human feet are densely covered with sweat glands, 250,000 sweat glands per foot, to be exact. When feet sweat, your socks get wet. When socks get wet, your feet can become cold and are prone to rubs. The friction from rubs causes blisters.

Did you know that, under working conditions, your feet can sweat up to one pint of fluid or more per day? That can really lead to unhealthy conditions and that’s why wicking technology in riding socks is so important, as are temperature regulation, and cushioning.

The first rule when buying riding socks is to avoid socks made of 100% cotton. Cotton absorbs moisture. Look for socks with a blend of natural and synthetic materials. Synthetics are great for wicking moisture away from the skin and the natural materials work great as insulators and have a nice feel.

Wear socks for the season. Choose a wool blend in the winter for added warmth and a thinner, light-weight sock in summer. Look for socks with added cushioning to reduce shock impact. A little extra padding will ensure maximum comfort during all your favorite equestrian activities.

Mountain Horse Dynamic Tech Sox are great socks for the summer!


Your feet are as comfortable as the boots and socks you wear. Making the right choice is easy if you know what works best. We hope our sock tips are helpful because we want you to enjoy every ride!

Entry represents opinion of the blogger, in this case the Mountain Horse® brand. This post is not formally edited and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Dover Saddlery brand.

TODAY ONLY: International Helmet Awareness Day Sale!


TODAY ONLY: International Helmet Awareness Day Sale! Starting now you can save 10-20% off* select riding helmets!

Click here to see all the specials!

*Discounts are from MSRP. All helmets priced as marked. Offers are for June 22, 2013 at Dover Saddlery only. Select styles only. See Helmet Notice, Disclaimer & Warning at

International Helmet Awareness Day – Saturday June 22, 2013 – 10-20% off*


Dover Saddlery is proud to help support by taking part in International Helmet Awareness Day 2013 on June 22, 2013. International Helmet Awareness Day is not just an opportunity for equestrians to purchase a helmet at a special discount, more importantly it is an opportunity for equestrians to be educated. Riders4Helmets will be live streaming ‘Get Educated’ webinars via on June 22, in which equestrians will be able to ask a variety of speakers real-time questions. The webinars will feature authorities, including leading equestrians and Olympians, in fields such as:

*Discounts are from MSRP. All helmets priced as marked. Offers are for June 22, 2013 at Dover Saddlery only. Select styles only. See Helmet Notice, Disclaimer & Warning at

How to Care for Your Riding Helmet

In honor of Helmet Awareness Week we will be sharing valuable information about helmets with all of you all week! Today, we cover how to care for your helmet!

Here are 7 tips for you to keep your equestrian riding helmet clean and in good shape when not riding.

  • Keep your helmet in a place with a moderate temperature – this means not too hot or too cold as extreme heat or cold can impact the integrity of the shock-absorbing properties of your helmet. Be careful about leaving your helmet at your barn, if there are rapid temperature fluctuations your helmet may become damaged.
  • If the inside of your riding helmet gets wet, allow it to air dry rather than applying a heat source. While applying heat might allow your helmet to dry quickly, this too can damage the integrity of your helmet.
  • Replace your helmet after a fall in which your riding helmet touches the ground, even if the helmet itself appear undamaged. Helmets are designed in a way that you may not be able to see internal damage.
  • Replace your helmet at least every 5 years. Over time, helmets may degrade and may no longer provide the same level of protection of a new helmet. In addition to this, helmet technology is improving rather rapidly so it’s always important to make sure you have the latest advances in helmet protection.
  • Avoid applying bug spray to the inside or outside of your helmet. These chemicals can damage the helmet.
  • Try keeping your helmet is a protective riding helmet bag. This will prolong the life of the helmet and keep it looking new.
  • You should clean your helmet weekly with a cleaner or deodorizer to keep it fresh. Dover stocks a wide variety of riding helmet cleaners that help keep your helmet clean, remove dirt and hair grease from the interior of your helmet, and kill bacteria. Remember to always use a cleaner that is specifically designed for helmets. If your cleaner isn’t designed for helmets there is a chance you may damage the interior of your helmet.

For more tips on riding helmet storage and cleaning check out this article in the Dover Saddlery library. Check back in tomorrow for some more helmet information!

Libertyville, IL Tent Sale – Save The Date!


Libertyville, IL Tent Sale – Save The Date!
Save up to 65% off!*

July 12-14, 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 July 14.

Click here for directions!

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

How to Fit for an Equestrian Riding Helmet

In honor of Helmet Awareness Week we will be sharing valuable information about helmets with all of you all week! The first installment covers how to properly fit your riding helmet.

Does your riding helmet fit well?

A well-fitting riding helmet should fit snugly and not rock from side to side or from front to back. As helmets age they may not fit as well and may need to be replaced. Alternatively you could consider a helmet replacement liner. The first step to make sure that you get a helmet that fits is to measure your head correctly!

A little while ago we actually put together a post on How to Measure your Head for a Helmet. Follow these guidelines to measure your own head or ask a friend to help or go into any Dover Saddlery store for a helmet fitting. After you know your correct size you can have fun choosing a new riding helmet from the huge selection at Dover Saddlery.

Pessoa’s Revolutionary AMS Panel System!

Dover_061413_Pessoa_fbWe love Pessoa’s revolutionary AMS Panel system – No more lumps, bumps or hotspots! See our entire collection of Pessoa Saddles by clicking here!

For those who prefer the versatility of a flocked panel, Pessoa is pleased to offer the AMS system. This innovative panel is stuffed with a high quality, durable synthetic flocking material and can be re-fitted and re-stuffed as needed by a qualified saddler.

The benefit of AMS is the smooth, breathable neoprene lining against the horse which helps reduce bumps and pressure points sometimes found in flocked saddles.

Learn all about the AMS system!