How to Dress the “Super-Sensitive” Horse for Fly Season

Most of us know a horse that absolutely hates bugs. Even the sight of a bug has him stomping, flinching, and swishing his tail all day long. Some horses, such as Thoroughbreds, have very sensitive skin and get easily irritated by flies and other insects in turnout. A susceptible horse like this may need the complete coverage of a fly sheet, fly mask, fly boots and fly spray, or any combination of these, to stay comfortable. Does this sound like your horse? Check out a few of our suggestions for products that go beyond your everyday fly spray and can help you and your horse beat the bugs this summer.

 

Full Coverage Fly Sheet

Horseware’s Amigo® Evolution Fly Sheet offers excellent protection from flies and the sun’s harmful rays. This fly sheet comes in a bright aqua and orange color combination, two colors that naturally deter flies. Most insects cannot perceive the colors orange or aqua because their vision centers on different sections of the electromagnetic spectrum. Use of this science-based color technology offers natural fly protection for your horse, and the lightweight polyester net material makes it perfect for those hot summer days outside.

Horseware Fly Sheet

 

 

Fly Wraps/Boots

Dover Saddlery Fly Wraps

Dover Saddlery® Fly Wraps are perfect for keeping your horse’s legs free from pests. They are made of a lightweight mesh to keep your horse cool, with soft shearling bindings to prevent rubs. They also have double binding at the bottom to keep dirt out. These wraps can stay on constantly for 24-hour fly protection, and they come in a set of four. It is always a good idea to remove these boots daily to check your horse’s legs and to readjust for an ideal fit.

 

 

 

Fly MasksRider's International Fly Mask

You can’t go wrong with a fly mask. Depending on how much coverage your horse needs, there are many different meshes that provide varied levels of UV protection and visibility for your horse. The Rider’s International® by Dover Saddlery® Soft Mesh Fly Mask has heavy, durable mesh to protect your horse’s face, and soft mesh lined with fleece to protect his ears. This fly mask also comes in cool colors to express your horse’s unique personality!

 

 

Visit www.DoverSaddlery.com for a complete product offering of fly protection and gear. Whether you need a long nose fly mask, a full coverage fly sheet, or fly traps for around the barn, you can find it all in our expansive Fly Control selection here.

 

The Inspiration Behind Kelly Herd Equestrian Jewelry: An Interview with Kelly Herd, Head Designer and Owner

Kelly Herd Stirrup Bracelet

With Mother’s Day fast approaching we sat down with Kelly Herd, Head Designer and Owner of Kelly Herd Jewelry to get some inside information on one of the leading brands of equestrian jewelry. A piece of Kelly Herd Jewelry perfectly captures the essence of the equestrian rider and the numerous designs that have been created easily translate from the barn and beyond making your next Kelly Herd purchase perfect for Mom.

 

Tell us about the inspiration behind a few of your most popular jewelry pieces. Why are they customer favorites?
Kelly Herd NecklaceHaving been in the equestrian jewelry business for over 30 years, developing a line of breed- and discipline-oriented designs was only natural. When you’re around equestrians, you get inspired to bring their love of horses into their lifestyle to complement how they dress and give them an opportunity to show off their hobby or lifestyle through their jewelry.

 

 

How did you get into the jewelry business, and what prompted you to specialize in equestrian jewelry?
I am from the traditional jewelry industry. Like most independent jewelry manufactures and designers, it was a family business. My mother started dabbling in the business in the 80’s after retiring as a Sears store manager. When I graduated college she asked if I would help her get her jewelry business off the ground. Being a native Texan, the equestrian part came natural.

 

Can you describe the process it takes for a new piece of jewelry to finally be sale-ready at Kelly Herd? What are the initial phases behind inspiration and creation and the following production steps that ultimately lead to the final product? How long is the entire process from start to finish? Kelly Herd Ring

When we started manufacturing back in ’92, we would actually hand-carve the wax into the type of design we wanted. Technology has caught up to the industry so now we either CAD/CAM or 3D print the desired design and create the wax. Once that is done, we cast the original in silver and produce molds from the original casting for production. We then repeat the casting process for the waxes derived from the mold and then hand-polish and hand-set the stones. Depending on the design, it can take as little a 2 – 3 days or up to 30 – 45 days. It is not unusual for a piece of jewelry to be made from 3 – 4 different design castings.

 

What are your recommendations for how to best clean and care for a piece of Kelly Herd Jewelry?
A simple cleaning cloth works for most jewelry. If your ring has a little soap or lotion build-up, then some warm water mixed with a little ammonia and Dawn® dish soap will break up the grime, and the cloth will put the shine back to your beloved piece.

 

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, what are your favorite picks for a perfect Kelly Herd Mother’s Day gift?Kelly Herd Mare and FoalKelly Herd Pendant Necklace

Jewelry is immensely personal. We offer the traditional mother’s rings or pendants, but most of our customers prefer a design that relates to their equestrian lifestyle. If they are breeders, we have several mare and foal designs. We have designed a new three-stone ring with a rose gold horseshoe that has been tremendously popular. With over 300 designs and the ability to create almost anything, it’s pretty easy to get mom exactly what she desires.

 

What is the best part of being a jewelry designer?
Being in the jewelry business is rewarding because everyone is always happy. If you are receiving a gift for Valentine’s Day or Christmas, both the receiver and giver are excited. When it comes time to pop the question, it is an honor that the young man comes to you to design and build him a ring that expresses his love. Jewelry has a long history of being a part of everyone’s life. It is extremely rewarding knowing you had a small portion in making someone feel happy and loved.

 

Visit www.DoverSaddlery.com to see a complete listing of Kelly Herd Jewelry we have
available and find the perfect gift for Mom this Mother’s Day!

 

In the Saddle with Holly Andrews: An Inside Look at the Ariat® Divino

holly andrews ariatHolly Andrews, Senior Director of Global English Footwear, has been a manager of English Footwear at Ariat for the last 25 years. She was one of the first employees at the company and built the English category to be what it is today. Holly started riding when she was seven, competing on the A-circuit at age 11 and rode in hunter, jumpers and medal classes throughout her early riding career. As an amateur rider, she has primarily shown in the Hunters and has had the opportunity to ride with many top trainers. For the last several years, she has ridden with John French and competed at top shows including Capitol Challenge, Del Mar National, and HITS Coachella. She now predominantly competes on the West Coast. Continue reading

All About the New Ariat Vortex Tall Boot

ariat vortexTake a look at what Ariat has to say about their new Vortex tall boots.

Introducing Ariat Vortex

Ariat International is best known for their ability to blend performance and comfort into both conventional….and unconventional….English footwear. Ariat believes in riders as athletes and strives to create high performance products that keep up. Continue reading

Change the Way You Clean Stalls – Noble Outfitters Wave Fork

wave fork

Regardless of if you clean one stall, twenty or just your trailer, the Wave Fork from Noble Outfitters™ will change your mucking experience. The Wave Fork is made from a heavy-duty i-beam rail and flexible tines attached to a lightweight, aircraft grade, aluminum handle. This lightweight composition, which weighs only 2.1 pounds, combined with a signature basket design make using the Wave Fork extremely easy, comfortable and enjoyable. Continue reading

Guest Blog: The Ease of Bigeloil® Quilted Poultice Wraps

Curious about the Bigeloil® Quilted Poultice Wraps? Our guest blog from Bigeloil themselves will answer all your questions! bigeloil quilted poultice leg wrapsThere is a long time-honored history of poultice use in the equine world that is still relevant today because of its reliability in treating legs and hooves.  Horses are an amazing feat of nature with the support of such a large, powerful body resting on four narrow legs, and because of this we constantly work to keep them healthy and protected.  Poultice is one tool we have to keep our horses’ legs and hooves comfortable. Continue reading

Product Review: 5 Reasons We Love the Honeycomb Chill Chaser

honeycomb chill chaserHaving a good quality horse cooler is invaluable. The right cooler has a use in every season- from keeping a sweaty horse from catching a chill in winter to helping a freshly bathed horse dry off comfortably on a summer evening. One of our favorite multi-purpose horse sheets is the Upland Honeycomb Chill Chaser. Here are five reasons we love this product and make sure each of our own horses has one: Continue reading

In the Saddle with Shay Timms, Troxel CEO: A Look inside the New Troxel ES Helmet

troxel es helmet

Did you know that Troxel Helmets was the first company to bring an ASTM approved equestrian helmet to the industry? That’s right! These guys have been innovators since 1898, and they know a thing or two about head protection. That’s why we’re so excited about their latest English helmet, the Troxel ES. It not only looks good but has a TON of features built in to help keep riders protected. Here, we talk with Troxel CEO, Shay Timms about how they made the ES, what makes it special and what’s next for Troxel. Continue reading