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If you’ve ever experienced frustration with braiding, you need to check out this new product called Braideez. It’s braiding wire that makes braiding manes and tails easy! It is offered in white, brown and black to match your horse’s color so that it is nearly invisible. Never struggle with uncooperative yarn or thread again!
Conserving hay is important to your budget and for your horse’s well being. To view the Slow Feed Hay Bag, click here. To view the Slow Feed Saver, click here. To shop all the necessities for your horse, visit SSTACK.COM
If body clipping is part of your grooming regimen then you are familiar with the dull, dry skin that follows for days afterwards. Schneiders has several innovative ways to avoid this problem and immediately give your horse a shiny and healthy sheen.
Immediately after body clipping, it is important to restore moisture. The most effective way to infuse moisture back into the stripped coat is to use a hot oil treatment. Dilute the hot oil treatment 1:5 with very warm water and apply liberally with a sponge to the entire body, mane and tail while avoiding the eye area. Throw a fitted cooler over your horse to retain heat, and let set for about an hour. The longer you leave it on the more effective the treatment will be.
After you have let the hot oil treatment set in, wash your horse thoroughly with a conditioning shampoo. Dilute 1:5 and apply liberally, working deep into the coat, mane and tail to remove any traces of the hot oil treatment. Rinse thoroughly.
The final step in restoring moisture and shine to your body clipped horse is to condition with a hair polish. After you have sweat scraped your horse, apply the polish with a sprayer, working it into the coat with your palm. Once you have applied to the entire body, stroke the coat flat and allow to dry naturally.
We hope this information has helped you with your grooming needs! Shop sstack.com for all your horse care necessities.
Schneiders has solutions for your ulcer concerns! If you’re worried that your horse may be susceptible to ulcers, check out the following solutions:
Dura-Tech® Slow Feed Hay Bag – Slows down your horse’s consumption while saving hay.
High Country Slow Feeder Saver – Holds a full day’s worth of feed and slows the rate of consumption. Durable enough to place in turnout areas.
Succeed™ Digestive Conditioning Program – Supplements for performance horses that are in training or competing without extended turnout.
dac Digestive Aid – Supplement that contains direct-fed microbial cultures to encourage a healthy digestive system.
Always contact your veterinarian if you are concerned about ulcers and your horse’s overall health.
Spring is just around the corner and so is your riding season. It’s time to take inventory and organize all of your everyday work tack. Follow this spring checklist to start your riding season off on the right foot!
Cleaning and conditioning your equipment is essential to preserving the integrity of the leather, giving it suppleness, strength and longevity. When equipment is taken apart, it should also be inspected, making sure all hardware is in working order and functioning properly and the leather is pliable and free of cracks. Many times a small defect can be repaired. Other times you may need to look at replacing your equipment. We have a large selection of work and show tack to fit any budget, as well as great deals this month to prepare you for spring riding.
Don’t wait until fly season has sprung to invest in fly protection. The surest way to deflect flies is to invest in a quality mask and sheet. We have a variety of durable fly sheets and matching masks at economical prices. And don’t forget to check out a new line of all natural fly repellant bands from Fly Armor – just Velcro the bands to your tack when you need them and never mess with spray bottles again.
It’s time to clear the clutter. One day spent organizing your tack room will save so many headaches when you have work to do later. We have an entire line of Easy-Up® products to help get the job done. From saddle racks to bridle hooks to blanket bars to shelving units, we can assist you in organizing all of your essential items, whatever your budget.
Schneiders has everything you need for your child’s horse show. Shop sstack.com or speak to a customer service representative at 800-365-1311. We’re always happy to answer your questions and help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
A helmet is only as safe as it fits. A good helmet fit is essential when riding. Follow these simple steps to ensure that your new helmet is effective in the event of a fall.
1. To properly size your helmet, measure the circumference of your head by placing a measuring tape around your head and roughly one inch above the eyebrow. Different helmet manufacturers have different sizing, so consult the size chart for the particular helmet that you are purchasing. Also consider how you will wear your hair in your helmet. If you are planning on wearing your hair up inside the helmet, allow room for this when choosing a size.
2. When you receive the helmet, place it on your head without fastening the harness. If applicable, adjust the dial on the back of the helmet.
3. Make sure the brim is resting no more than one inch above your eyebrows. Gently try to move the brim up and down. If your eyebrows move, your helmet fits correctly from front to back.
4. Next, shake your head side to side, to the left and to the right. The helmet should remain in place.
If either of these tests result in movement, you will want to drop down a size. If the helmet seems to be “perched” on top of your head, you will want to consider moving up a size.
If you fall and your helmet takes an impact, contact the manufacturer to have it inspected. The material inside is designed to absorb impact – once this has happened, the effectiveness of the helmet is compromised. Many helmet manufacturers will replace a helmet that has suffered an impact for less than retail if within several years from the original purchase date.
On most equestrian helmets, excluding hunt caps that are designed as traditional apparel rather than for safety, you will see ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials) and SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) certifications. Most equestrian competitions require that helmets be approved by these associations to be show legal. Many equestrian helmet vendors, like Troxel or GPA, only manufacture helmets that meet these criteria. Always confirm these certifications, both to ensure that the helmet has undergone testing for safety and that the helmet is show legal.
Equestrian helmets come in many different styles to suit many different applications. A helmet you will be trail riding in will look much different than one you would show in. Most people can use one helmet for both. Helmets suitable for show, however, tend to be more expensive. English hunt seat riders prefer “skunk” style helmets, such as GPA’s like this one, or velvet covered helmets like this one from IRH. Many trail riders prefer helmets like this one from Troxel because of increased ventilation for summer rides. Asking your trainer is a great first step when deciding which helmet style is right for you. Your local tack shop may also be able to help.
We hope this information has been helpful to you! Be sure to check out sstack.com for our wide selection of riding helmets, tack and apparel.