Show Proof Equine grooming products

Your Horse's coat will be in tip-top condition thanks to the range of grooming products from Show Proof Equine.

Show Proof grooming products

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

Brush Therapy

Brush Therapy from Shadow Horse

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

NAF Plait it Up

NAF Plait it Up

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.

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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

 

 

 

 

Botanica Herbal products

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. 

Sara McComb swears by the range of Botanica products

Sara McComb swears by the range of Botanica products

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 

Prices

Cleansing Wash £55.99 for 5 litres

Herbal cream £29.99 for 500ml tub

5-in-1 Multi-Purpose spray £12.99 for 750ml

 

 

Alan Davies grooming brushes

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.”

Create a competition shine with the Alan Davies grooming brushes

Create a competition shine with the Alan Davies grooming brushes

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.

The set of brushes will make your horse's coat shine

The set of brushes will make your horse's coat shine

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.

Price £119.99*

To find out more visit www.eqclusive.com

*price correct at time of publishing

Five of the best whitening shampoos

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.  

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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

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


White Pearl

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


Cavlor NorPlus

Cavalor NorPlus

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


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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

 

 

 

Heiniger Saphir

Heiniger Saphir trimmers

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 £239.85*

*price correct at time of publishing

Lister Tempo trimmers

Used by: YH associate editor, Allison Lowther

Used for: 12 months

Lister Tempo trimmers

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 £78*

*price correct at time of publishing

 

Five of the best barrier creams

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 Mud Gard Barrier Cream

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.


Netted Muddy Marvel Barrier Cream

 

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.


Aromaheel Aromesse

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.


Cavalor MudDoc

Cavalor MudDoc

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

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

Masterclip Showmate trimmers

Masterclip Showmate trimmers

Manufacturer says

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

Manufacturer says

Cavalor NorPlus

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*

Stan before his bath using Cavalor NorPlus

Stan before his bath using Cavalor NorPlus

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.

Stan looking super clean after his bath using Cavalor NorPlus

Stan looking super clean after his bath using Cavalor NorPlus

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

YUMOVE Active Joint Patch

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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

Microcurrent therapy for horses

Microcurrent therapy

With a file full of positive case studies and six years of treating horses with microcurrent therapy under her belt, human and equine therapist Dawn Rothwell is keen to spread the word about this non-invasive treatment.

“I was first introduced to the benefits of microcurrent using Alpha-Stim technology after meeting with veterinarian Ava Frick who runs a highly successful pain clinic treating horses and dogs using the device in the USA”, says Dawn. “After using the Alpha-Stim myself I’ve managed to develop various methods of using it with horses that have all been successful.”

How MET works

An MET machine like the Apha-Stim unit produces two sequences of minute, cell-specific electrical currents that work at the same level as those that naturally occur in your horse’s body. The electrical currents enhance cellular processes, which can initiate and sustain the chemical and electrical reactions that occur in the healing process. MET has been proven to restore full function to damaged structures in a fraction of the usual time, reducing scar tissue and resulting in a far better outcome.

 

 

 

 

What can MET help

Here are just some things this therapy can help with

  •  Reduces healing time of open wounds
  •  Calms horses and reduces stress
  •  Disperses swelling, bruising and inflammation
  •  Reduces and eliminates pain
  •  Reduces inflammation and improves circulation
  •  Repairs bone, nerve and soft tissue damage
  •  Breaks down scar tissue
  •  Disperses lactic acid helping to prevent the onset of Azoturia (tying up)
  •  Reduces and prevents muscle soreness
  • Boosts soft tissue performance
  • •Boosts the immune system
  • Kick-starts and accelerates regenerative healing in internal and external tissue
Stormy Lady was successfully treated with Microcurrent therapy

Stormy Lady was successfully treated with Microcurrent therapy

It really works!

From her extensive file of success stories Dawn shares just a few of them, proving how amazing MET is.

Stormy Lady was suffering from arthritis in both hocks, and her owner, Sharon Hoyle, had been told there was also arthritis in her shoulder. Her vet had recommended that Stormy Lady should be put to sleep. After just one MET treatment Stormy Lady was sound. This was followed up with a further two treatments and she’s now back in full work. Following this amazing result, Sharon has bought her own Alpha-Stim to manage her other two horses - one with kissing spines, the other with ligament damage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ikke is back out competing thanks to Microcurrent treatment

Ikke is back out competing thanks to Microcurrent treatment

Ikke was a trigeminal head shaker and was admitted to Leahurst equine hospital for tests and treatment. The vets described him as one of the worst they’d seen, recording his head shaking 60-80 times per minute. The owner Mrs M Morris was desperate and asked Dawn to take a look. After only one treatment the head shaking appeared to have stopped. This was followed up with daily treatments for 4 days and Ikke still shows no signs of head shaking. He’s now back in full work and competing regularly.

To book an appointment, call Dawn Rothwell on 07825529054 or Shaun McGrath on 07887977977.

Daily CES treatment with the Alpha-Stim is available from £35 per month and is available from www.alpha-stim.co.uk

The Alpha-Stim M for pain relief retails at £599 excluding VAT.

Wildwash Gentle Shampoo

The manufacturer says:
The WildWash brand, renowned for their natural and healing pet shampoos and cosmetics, have spent the last two years creating an amazing range of 4 horse shampoos. These shampoos showcase the most innovative and ground breaking natural ingredients, which will set new standards for horse care products.

The range includes: Gentle, Medicated, Ultra Shine and Whitening

The Gentle Shampoo contains soothing Aloe Vera, Marshmallow Root and Evening Primrose Oil

The Gentle Shampoo contains soothing Aloe Vera, Marshmallow Root and Evening Primrose Oil

Price per 1-litre bottle: £24.95 (mixing bottle £4.95)

Tested by Your Horse editor, Imogen Johnson.
"I first used the ‘Gentle’ wash in this range for my mare who has very sensitive skin. It comes in a large 1-litre bottle, which is heavily concentrated for use when diluted. With the Shampoo you get an additional mixing bottle. To this you add a little of the concentrated shampoo (you fill to a clearly labelled ‘fill line’) then top up the bottle with clean water.

Using the mixing bottle the shampoo can be dilluted at a 32 to 1 ratio

Using the mixing bottle the shampoo can be dilluted at a 32 to 1 ratio

"The key thing about this product for me is that I was amazed at how little I needed to use and how long the bottle lasted. A little goes a very long way!

"What’s more, I found I could squirt a little of the diluted solution straight from the bottle onto a sponge, then onto my horse which saved water, shampoo, time and mess! It also meant that if I only wanted to tackle a small area, it was easy and meant I didn’t have to drench my horse.

Post wash, over the next few days her coat looked great and any areas of dry, flaky skin (she "suffers form sweet itch) seemed to be much improved.

"All in all this product is easy to use and does a really good job. You might, at first, shy away from the price tag (£24.95) but I felt it was worth it. One bottle seems to last and last."

www.wildwash.co.uk

The power of neem

While the warmer weather is here, it can mean your horse is more susceptible to skin conditions and the problem of flies can make his life a misery. 

Neem shampoo

Equimins Neem shampoo will clean and revitalise your horse's coat while moisturising and protecting his skin. Neem is well known for its effectiveness when it comes to supporting skin health, as well as helping to control flies and insects making it a great choice to use at this time of the year. 

A 500ml bottle of Neem shampoo has an RRP of £7.25.

For more information visit www.equimins.com