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27.5.14

Sunshine and Showers...Premier Equine Buster Lite

Sunshine and showers are causing me havoc...I am confused of how to dress myself in a morning, never mind my GeeGee! Each day I assess the Met Office weather application on my iPhone for temperature, wind speed, gusts, rainfall and humidity...I scientifically throw all of these together and come up with a master plan for the day, one that I am never 100% sure of, all by 8 am. I spend the following hours of 9 am until 12 pm worrying in the back of my mind that I have done the wrong thing if the weather dares to fault from it's forecast...I then debate if I should skip food during my lunch break and dash to the yard in an effort to save the day! Would it be easier to have a child? Haha...



Oscar has spent a few days naked, as when its warm, humid and a little showery...I can live with him being out as god intended (I say god intended in a domesticated, clipped, bathed, groomed to perfection pony kind of way)...however in the last week we've experienced some real storms, with heavy rain and I've reached for my trusted lightweight rug from Premier Equine, I own the Buster Lite from last season.

I splashed out on this rug after Oscar's first lightweight rug, the Mark Todd lightweight turnout, lasted all of 3 weeks...I spotted him in the field looking crippled lame, running to his rescue I realised his torn and tangled rug was restricting his movement! 

At first, I wasn't overly confident about the Premier Equine rug, because despite claiming to be 600 denier, diamond ripstop outer material, Oscar still managed to rip the tail flap clean off and one of the chest buckles in the first week when someone tried to rug him in the wind minus a head collar...even though this is written clearly in the rule book, #8 things not to do with a horse - ESPECIALLY IF YOU DON'T OWN IT. I won't lie, I shed a tear, mostly for my bank balance, as the rug doesn't come cheap at £109.99, thankfully, a stop at the rug repair shop and £20 later, it came out good as new and still going strong.

Features:

  • No filling 
  • Detachable neck cover, although this sits well when first put on, the hood moves about and on rainy days I have given up using it as the water runs down into the rug and Oscar always ends up wet underneath - so if you have to pay extra for the hood I would recommend buying it without
  • Breathable anti-bacteria lining
  • Elasticated shoulder gusset - I always look for these when buying a rug for free movement
  • Deep cut -  also long, so really wraps under their tummies, another feature I really like - short rugs annoy me!
  • Waterproof and breathable 
  • Tough, strong and durable - touch wood
  • Quick release clips on the front of the rug...another must, can't be faffing with buckles
  • Self righting...hmm, not too sure about that, isn't often found out of place (apart from when Oscar has removed it himself), but Oscar is checked every day therefore it's always straightened
  • Safety reflective strips on the front, side and rear - love these! Really help in the dark
  • Double lined tail flap...
  • Clip on tail strap...the buckle kept popping out it's keeper, so I replaced this with bailer twine!
  • Liners sold separately - haven't tried these

The Premier Equine rug has proved it's worth for me, as it has survived many rug wrecking attempts and saved me from repurchasing cheaper rugs over and over, although for a horse who isn't difficult to rug, I doubt you need to spend this much money, however this is more than just a rain sheet.

PS, the new season colours are amazing, why couldn't I have it in lilac.
http://www.premierequine.co.uk/PBSCProduct.asp?ItmID=13301890

Thank you for reading, Jessica & Oscar xxxx

8.5.14

Keeping Up With The Unicorns...NAF Love the SKIN he's in, Skin Salve

I thought this caption was rather appropriate...I can't remember the last time I bought myself a posh beauty cream...I must be delusional, the pony is spoiled!


"NAF have created a range of products specifically formulated to support horses’ skin both inside and out. The love the SKIN he’s in range features key products targeted at horses who display itchy, flaky skin or lumps and bumps caused by seasonal irritations or reactions."

Oscar's new home is next to a lake, a truly stunning setting however we haven't yet spent a Summer at the yard, and just from experiencing a mild Spring I have already noticed the swarms of midges, horse flies and bugs that are out in force...and some bites come up in fierce bumps on my little grey pony, having already bought him in from the field with blood stains where his coat whirls, especially on his neck and underneath his tummy...why do the bugs like hair whirls so much?
And just to further explain the sensitivity of my Irish bog ponies skin...I bought a new numnah with a 'technical lining' that managed to rub some patches of hair off his back while riding cross country! Anyone would think he is a thoroughbred, not a connemara!

Therefore after reading about the NAF, Love the SKIN he's in range...I had to take a look, I purchased the Salve; 400g tub retails at £14.95, purchased for £13.46 and the Skin Wash; 1l bottle retails at £19.95 purchased for £17.96, both from Viovet (http://www.viovet.co.uk/NAF_Love_The_SKIN_Hes_In/c14885/), the cheapest place I found selling the products.


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Today I am only going to review the Skin Salve due to only having used the Skin Wash as a cold wash after riding and it has a lot more uses that I want to experiment with prior to reviewing/recommending!

The Skin Salve is designed to soothe and comfort irritated areas of skin, the salve easily absorbs and leaves no superficial residue, I loved that it wasn't tacky or sticky. To apply the salve, your hands are your best tool, and it's recommended to keep it in a cool, dry place....my dark cold tack room! However the first time I applied to the rubs on Oscar's back...he hollowed and dipped away, not something I appreciated when I spend most of our time together asking him to lift and use his back, both on the ground and ridden! Since this schoolgirl error, I have warmed the salve in my hands prior to applying and recommend this if using the salve on a sensitive area, although I have been applying it straight from the tub on his fly bitten whirl areas, I think he finds the cool salve refreshing. The salve is light due to it being water based and smells delicious, another factor which helps deter flies from a healing area, it has the aroma of tea tree and includes aloe vera within its ingredients (along with MSM..something I had to google http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methylsulfonylmethane), which also helps to soothes itchiness.

Oscar's skin has responded really well to the salve, his rubs now have healthy, glossy hair that has regrown over, even though I continued to ride him, I just ensured I used the salve twice per day and I will stick with the salve as a fly treatment throughout Summer to help keep on top of the pesky bites. I am also curious of how well this product will treat mud fever come Winter as it ticks so many boxes and you get a lot of salve for £13.46, could this be a new must have...? Possibly, my only complaint about this product is the packaging...as you'll notice the base of mine is gaffa taped up...Oscar knocked it off the side onto the concrete floor, loosing a good quarter...I had other liveries at the yard scooping bits up to try on their horses. So I rescued the packaging as best as I could and we continue to delicately put it away after every use.



Please patch test the salve on a small area prior to applying

Thanks for reading, Jessica and Oscar xxxx