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Lincoln Piaffe Mane & Tail conditioner
The product is quick and easy to apply - you don’t need much product to cover the tail evenly.
Very little brushing was needed to make the tail knot-free. The hair felt soft and it had a lovely shine to it too.
The effects lasted for seven days before the tail became more difficult to brush and more product was needed.
This conditioner is very good value for money and our tester highly recommends it.
RRP £9.50* for 500m
For stockists www.lincoln-equestrian.com
Nettex mane & tail detangler
Easy to use, the spray on this bottle gives good coverage so you don’t need to apply a lot of product before the tail is well covered.
Once the tail was dry any tangled were easily removed. the end result was a soft, shiny and fuller tail.
Nettex claim the results will last for up to seven days and our testers reports that it does last for this long. The tail remained easy to brush - very little bedding was stuck in the tail each morning and what there was was easy to remove.
This is one of the more expensive detangles available, but a little goes a long way and the results you get do last.
RRP £10.62* for 500ml
For stockists www.nettexequine.com
Veredus Super Sheen
A few squirts of this product and the tail is well covered.
It leaves the tail feeling soft and not greasy. A few little knows were quickly removed with a tail brush.
Veredus claims this product will leave tails tangle free for 15 days. Our tester found the effects lasted for around 10 day before the tail became more difficult to brush.
Although this is an expensive product, our tester still says it’s good value because its effects last and only a small amount of product is needed to get great results.
RRP £14* for 500ml
For stockists www.zebraproducts.co.uk
NAF Silky Mane & Tail D-Tangler
The spray produces a fine mist that gives good coverage to the whole tail in only a few squirts. It has a pleasant citrus smell that leaves the tail smelling fresh and clean.
Once the tail was dry, the tail felt really silky and it was very easy to brush - any knots were easily removed. The hair felt soft and not at all sticky.
The effects lasted for around five day before more product was needed.
The product is a very good price as well as being effective.
RRP £9.99* for 750ml
For stockists visit www.naf-equine.eu/uk
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Used by: Allison Lowther
Used for: 1 year
This clever gadget makes plaiting up so much easier. I've also found that I'm plaiting up much quicker since using this comb, just because I have everything to hand.
This comb does three jobs for you:
1. The comb can be used to get rid of any knots in the mane, but it's also a measure for each plait, so you can section the mane easily to ensure each of your plaits is the same size.
2. There's a clip, which keeps your horse's mane out of the way while you're busy plaiting.
3. Even your plaiting bands are to hand, thanks to the band holder incorporated into the handle of the comb.
This is such a useful tool. It's lightweight and easy to use and for under £10 I highly recommend it.
Buy at: www.horsehealth.co.uk
* price correct at time of publishing
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The team at online retailer Eqclusive has put together several sets of Haas brushes to suit different coat colours.
Your Horse Gear Guide editor Allison Lowther put the set for bay or chestnut horses to the test. Here's her verdict:
The haas brushes
The brushes are well made and are all I need to keep my mare Wish’s coat clean and shiny.
Each of the brushes in the set has a specific job to do and every pack comes with advice on what order to use the brushes so you get the best results.
You use the Millitary brush for removing dirt, which it does easily, followed by the Cavalier brush to clean the top of the coat.
To complete the look and to really produce an amazing shine there’s the Coat Gloss brush and the super soft Diva Exclusive, which uses sheepskin to polish the coat.
I’ve been using these brushes for five months and Wish’s coat looks great and with minimum effort. I no longer need to use hard dandy brushes to get rid of mud, the Millitary brush does this for me. They even remove most stains from her white socks too.
They may be a little more expensive than other brushes, but my grooming kit only consists of these three brushes and a mane and tail comb, that’s all I need.
* At time of publishing
Your Horse's coat will be in tip-top condition thanks to the range of grooming products from Show Proof Equine.
This small but perfectly formed collection has everything you need to ensure your horse is looking his best - ideal for those last minute finishing touches before you enter the competition ring.
There's a glossifier, through touch-up sprays, a hoof scary and a footsore spray.
Show Proof Glossifier has been designed to product a natural shine to your horse's coat, mane and tail. It's also does a great job at detangling your horse's mane and tail.
Its effects last for days, repelling dust and dirt, helping to cut down on grooming time.
Show Proof Hoof Spray is a clear spry and is like a nail varnish for your horse's hooves. It leaves a shiny coating to enhance his natural hoof colour.
Show Proof Touch Up Sprays are available in black, brown or white. You can use them to hide scars, bald patches and stains.
Show Proof Footcare spray. It's bright colour shows you where you've applied it and ensures you're getting it just where it's needed.
Price From £12.50 for 400ml
Find out more at www.fandbinternational.co.uk
Now's the perfect time to give your grooming kit a bit of TLC with the help of Brush Therapy from Shadow Horse.
Brush Therapy offers effective and easy cleaning in minutes. The powder dissolves in warm water, whisking away deep down dirt and grime from brush bristles and combs so thoroughly that they look like new. Brushes will be stripped of debris, bacteria, and fungi while trapped hairs will loosen and be easily combed out.
Brush Therapy powder comes in an easy to use sachet that contains enough to clean about six to eight brushes. Simply rinse your cleaned grooming kit with clean water and spread your brushes out on a clean towel in the sun to drain and dry before using them.
Brush Therapy effervescent brush cleaner from Shadow Horse is £4* per sachet.
Available from www.shadowhorse.co.uk
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Using a plaiting spray gives you a helping hand so you can achieve neat and tidy plaits.
NAF Plait it Up was voted our winner in a recent review of plating sprays in Your Horse magazine.
The team from Tim and Antonia Browns yard in Northamptonshire used the product and you can read their review below.
The spray nozzle on this product is easily directed just where you need it and very little was needed to get a good result.
The product left the mane feeling tacky which makes it easy to produce good plaits that stayed securely in place all day. Any stray hairs were also held neatly in place.
As only a couple of sprays is needed for each plait the bottle will last quite a while, making it excellent value and our testers highly recommended it.
Price £9.99 for 500ml
To find your nearest stockist, visit www.naf-equine.eu/uk
Your Horse reader, Sara McComb has been using the range of natural products from Botanica for two years. Read her review below to find out why Sara recommends these products are a must for every tack room.
I totally love and couldn't manage without the range of products from Botanica. This Herbal range contains a combination of Aloe Vera, Tea Tree Oil, Comfrey and Oil of Lavender, making them anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial.
The Botanica wash and cream are totally amazing. I use them on my horses, dogs, sheep and even myself and for such a variety of things. The wash cleans my horses coats, it's natural and herbal and it helps heal and sores. The flies hate it and it smells fantastic.
The cream is my absolute favourite (usually used after the wash) it heals and soothes so many skin problems, from bruises, cuts and grazes, to mallanders, and bites (on both me and my horses). It even works wonders on cracked, sore skin and sunburn.
The multi-purpose spray helps to keep your horse's coat looking great. It seems to repel dust and dirt leaving a shiny and sleek coat. It also repels flies.
Since discovering Botanica I haven't needed loads of lotions and potions and a great side effect is when I apply it to my horse, I get it on my hands leaving them soft and moisturised. Botanica is my must have product in the yard now (and in the house).
I'd give Botanica a 10/10
Cleansing Wash £55.99 for 5 litres
Herbal cream £29.99 for 500ml tub
5-in-1 Multi-Purpose spray £12.99 for 750ml
If you'd like to create a show winning shine, just like super groom, Alan Davies, you can with his new collection of grooming brushes. He's created a set of brushes that will perfect the shine on your horse’s coat that'll be the envy of everyone you see. “This set of brushes will enhance the shine on an already well-groomed horse,” explains Alan. “My pack will help you turn your horse into a show ready horse maximising his shine without the need of using sprays.”
The Alan Pack consists of seven brushes and a useful curry comb, all packed away in a handy grooming bag. Here’s how each of them works.
Mr Flicky will remove dust residue and shavings from your horse’s coat, mane and tail.
Polisher makes your horse super shiny removing any final traces of dust from his coat.
Mr Glossy as the name suggests will make your horse the shiniest in the ring thanks to the very soft long horsehair bristles.
The Face Brush, which your horse will love. This small brush has very soft but effective natural horsehair bristles that’s easy to use on your horse’s sensitive face.
Quarter Marker, if you’ve dreamt of creating quarter marks like Valegro, well it’s now possible with this easy to use brush.
The Stud brush is a hoofpick that’s been cleverly designed to clean stud holes and properly clean frogs too.
Unique All-rounder is a rubber brush that removes all hair from rugs and numnahs.
To find out more visit www.eqclusive.com
*price correct at time of publishing
Whether you own a grey horse, or a horse with white markings, keeping his white bits white can be a full-time job. Using a shampoo designed for greys can help banish grass stains and other grubby marks quickly and effectively.
A team of grey horse owners put a selection of grey shampoos to the test. Here's their reviews of their favourite five.
NAF Show Off
This shampoo offers a deep clean so your horse will shine. It's suitable for all coat colours not just greys and the results are dazzling. As you use it, you can see the dirt lifting out and with very little effort. Very little shampoo was needed to tackle even stubborn stains. Once dry your horse's coat will feel clean soft, and his white bits will shine.
Price £7.99 for 500ml*
To find your nearest stockist visit www.naf-equine.eu/uk
Hawkins Organic Blanc Canvas
This whitening shampoo gently removes dirt and stains, leaving your horse's coat clean and white. It's made from all natural ingredients and is extremely effective at removing stains. A little extra shampoo was needed to removed some stubborn stains, but it rinsed out quickly and easily. It's pH balanced and contains only natural ingredients with no nasty chemicals making it perfect for sensitive skin.
Price £9.95 for 500ml*
Order online at www.hawkinsorganic.com
Your and Your Horse White Pearl
A clear shampoo that's easy to use and lifted light stains quickly and easily. Older stains on the wither and hock needed some additional shampoo to shift them. This shampoo took very little rinsing and once dry the horse's coat felt soft and looked really clean. A little goes a long way with this shampoo, so don't be put off by the price.
Price £17 for 1 litre*
Order online at www.eqclusive.com
This shampoo needs diluting in warm water before getting to work on your horse's coat. the shampoo feels quite oily, but mixed well with the water to produce an easy to apply solution. You can see the dirt lifting from your horse's coat as you massage it in - very little effort was needed to get food results. Once dry your horse's coat will look super white and feel soft. It may look like this shampoo is expensive, but if you follow the manufacturer's instructions it works out that one tub will make nearly 24 buckets at a cost of £1.40 per wash.
Price £17 for 475ml*
To find your nearest stockist visit www.zebraproducts.co.uk/stockists.html
Groom Away Ultra-White shampoo
A little goes a long way with this shampoo, although you may find you need a bit more shampoo to get rid of old, or stubborn stains. It doesn't produce a huge amount of lather, but you can see the dirt coming to the surface as you work the shampoo into the coat. It rinses out easily leaving the coat soft to touch and clean.
Price £5.99 for 400ml*
For more information visit www.flyawayltd.uk
*prices correct at the time of publishing
Used by: YH associate editor, Allison Lowther
Used for: 12 months
This is a powerful set of trimmers that coped well with thinner hair on the face and slightly thicker hair my horse's legs. They are a little longer in the body than other trimmers I've used, which made them a little tricky to use on those awkward areas, but the overall finish as good.
They were easy to hold and there's was very little vibration. A fully charged battery gives you around 50 minutes of trimming time. The batteries also charge really quickly (45mins).
These trimmers aren't the cheapest, but they've performed really well and the more I've used them, the more I like them. If you're looking for a good quality trimmer that copes with a variety of different hair thickness, these are worth considering.
*price correct at time of publishing
Used by: YH associate editor, Allison Lowther
Used for: 12 months
These lightweight trimmer have a short, wide body that made them comfortable to hold and use. I particularly like the position of the on/off switch which is on the side of the trimmers, so there's no danger of accidentally knocking it.
There's was very little vibration and they're quiet too. They trimmed well, leaving a neat finish even in those hard to reach places.
I really like these trimmers and with 60 minutes of trimming time on a full charge you'll easily have your horse looking neat and tidy.
*price correct at time of publishing
At this time of year it can be a full-time battle keeping mud fever at bay. The key to stopping it is to protect your horse’s skin from the wet and mud. Applying a barrier cream to his legs before daily turnout can really help. Here, we’ve selected five of the best.
NAF Love the Skin He’s In Mud Gard Barrier Cream
Price £12.50 for 1.25kg *
A nourishing barrier cream that will help protect your horse’s skin from the wet and mud. It contains MSM to support healthy skin and hair growth, as well as rosemary to soothe sore skin.
Nettex Muddy Marvel Barrier Cream
Price £8.15 for 300ml *
This antibacterial and moisturising cream will keep your horse’s skin health and protect from the wet.
Equinat Aromaheel Mud & Wet Ointment
Price £16.95 for 200g *
Made from natural ingredients known for their antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. This ointment works as a barrier, softens scabs and soothes skin.
Price £50 for 400ml
Aloe vera and lavender oil help to eliminate bacteria and protect your horse’s skin.
To find your nearest stockist visit www.zebraproducts.co.uk
Equimins Mud Block Cream
£8.90 for 500g *
A range of ingredients including tea tree oil and lavender oil help to support your horse’s skin and keep it healthy.
* Prices correct at time of publishing
Lightweight and very quiet trimmers perfect for nervous horses, suitable for light to medium density coats. Two rechargeable batteries. A fully charged battery will give approximately 30 minutes trimming time, four comb guards.
Price £59.99 *
Tested by YH associate editor Allison Lowther
These trimmers are a good weight and felt balanced in my hand. They trimmed around the chin and features of fine coated horse neatly and quickly. The noise from them is minimal so both horse’s I used these trimmers on were more than happy to stand quietly while they were trimmed. The battery lasted for 30 minutes and I easily got all my trimming done in that time. The shape and short body of these trimmers made them easy to manoeuvre around tricky areas. Very good trimmers at a very good price.
*Price correct at time of publishing.
Order online at www.masterclip.co.uk
Cavalor NorPlus is a skin friendly, gentle shampoo that removes stains and produces an illuminating shine for all coat colours. It works very well on those difficult areas, like white legs. It's pH neutral and contains a mixture of vegetable extracts that clean without irritation.
Price £17 for 475ml*
Tested by Your Horse reader Jools Long on her grey horse Stan
Definitely read the instructions before you start using this shampoo as you have dilute a certain amount of the product in water before you can start bathing. The solution felt quite oily but was easy to apply to Stan's coat with a sponge. As it was massaged into the coat you could all the dirt lifting out of his coat with very little effort.
Rinsing proved quick and easy, and when dry Stan's coat looked and felt clean. He also seemed to dry quicker, perhaps this was due to not having to use lots of water to rinse.
You may look a the price and think it's a little pricey, but if you follow the manufacturer's instructions it works out that one tub will make nearly 24 buckets at a cost of £1.40 per wash, making it, in my opinion very good value for money.
* Price correct at time of publishing
This easy to use patch can quickly help to ease stiffness so your horse can move more freely and restore mobility.
Simply apply the patch to any sore or stiff joints and let the combination of ingredients - omega 3, green lipped mussel, hyaluronic acid and menthol get to work. After just 30 minutes your horse should start to feel the benefits.
To find your nearest stockist visit www.lintbells.com
This practical first aid kit is all cleverly contained in its own back pack so it's ready for whenever you need it. The equiMedPak's pockets and pitches mean everything is clearly visible and easily to hand in an emergency. As well as all the first aid essentials, it included a phone charger and torch to help you deal with most medical emergencies.
Such a great idea and for one £70.83 - surely a must for every tack room?
To order or find out more visit www.equimedpak.com