Sunday, September 15, 2013

English Saddles for The Equine Rider

Quality English saddles are usually a large investment for most and we should ensure we take proper precautions in caring for this investment.  For either the advanced rider at high levels of Dressage and Show Jumping, and or to the leisure rider enjoying the equine experience.  We the purchaser must take a few simple measures to guarantee our saddle for many years to come.
1. Insuring your valuable saddle is a must, in the mishap that it is stolen.
2. Cleaning your saddle after use is very important, using a natural product on your saddle always is my first choice.  Leovet Horse Care products for cleaning leathers can be an option for saddle care.  Firstly with a saddle soap and then an application of a leather conditioner, I always tend to go with a soft cloth or sponge when applying.  
3. Oiling of your saddle can be done infrequently, when you feel the leather on the saddle is beginning to have a shine to it and becomes slippery, this is a good indication its time.
4. Before You Ride, Check all areas of your saddle, more frequently you want to check that the fitting of the saddle remains moderate from the original fitting, as sometimes our horses develop different muscles overtime depending on their work load. 
5. Take the time to put your saddle on preferably a wooden saddle rack designed for such English saddles, and not keep a moist saddle pad on top, you want to prevent any mold developing on the leather.
6. And of course keep your saddle covered, and in the event you need to sell this piece of equestrian equipment, you have ensured its value with the care involved.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Skunk Odor Remedies - Equine Antiseptic Powder

Skunk Odor Removal Remedies Myth or Fact! Being a dog owner of a 'pack' with relentless gsd's paroling the grounds on skunk alert!!! Just ask her thoughts on the subject!  Do the below remedies work:
1. Washing or bathing in tomato juice to remove skunk odor... popular myth or fact? 
2. Driving at midnight on the hunt for a 24 hour vet only to slam their doors on your lovely smelling dogs and hitting you in the head from behind with a bottle of 'skunk off'.. myth or fact?
3. Hydrogen Peroxide neutralizing the lovely scent.. myth or fact?
4. Baking Soda mixed with peroxide and liquid dish soap!!! myth or fact?
5. White Vinegar...

The following list goes on and sadly nothing works, with the exception of:

1.Firstly, removing the primary whether it be towels you used on your sprayed pet, removal of your own clothing and contain in a sealed bag. Keep the pet quarantined in an area (perhaps a baby gate closing off a section or bathroom), do not touch anything with your hands after handling your pet.
2. Wash your pet with any type of shampoo, preferably peppermint ingredient but we always don't have that option.

3. Minimizing of the skunk odor I use an antiseptic Powder, I prefer the Columbia Antiseptic Powder which can be purchased online at HorseSmart: under Equestrian Wound Treatments 

4. Repeat the bathing daily or use a soapy cloth in the area that has absorbed the odor, and use the powder throughout the day, removing the source of odor is your focal and the powder adsorbs the odor during its natural course of neutralizing.

5. Of course lots of open windows and air fresheners.. Best of Luck

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