Each month, we select 5 horse care products and put them to the test in a side-by-side competition. We select 3 Expert Equestrians, among various disciplines, to rate and review each of the products based on specific criteria. We then post the judges' cards and the winning lineup below, so that you have only the best products for you and your horse. A percentage of the proceeds of the categories reviewed will be given to the charities that our experts have chosen to represent.
We have posted each of our experts scores and critiques, so you can get all the details about these products and how they stack up to the competition.
Area of Expertise: Appaloosa Breed Location: Blacksburg, VA Accolades: Multiple National and World Championships, Trainer at Advantage Ranch, Leader of the Horse Business Rebellion Each day Deb Dyer asks the deep question, "What do we, the people who love horses and earn our living with them, DO to keep horses relevant for future generations?" She seeks that answer in several defined spaces. At Advantage Ranch in Blacksburg VA, she leads a team in preparing horses and riders from the beginning of their experiences through the National and World Championships in the Appaloosa industry. Over a thousand riders during the span of deb's 45-year career have worked toward horsemanship excellence and earned both competitive and personal success. Each year a few new championships are earned by her students. "Working with horses gives you skills you need to make things work in life. My job is to help riders choose who they are going to be when facing difficult circumstances. Riders become resilient, hard-working, skilled problem solvers who practice intentional gratitude. These leadership skills prepare us to be empowered citizens of the world." Beyond the success of her own program, Deb gives back to the greater professional horse industry through consulting and coaching programs in a wide range of topics. As the leader of the Horse Business Rebellion, she helps both rookie trainers and seasoned pros create smart and profitable horses businesses that provide access to freedom and joy! "When I was growing up horses were the thing, the thing that families did for fun, the thing you could watch almost daily on TV... horses were part of the cultural fabric of our nation. Now, we have whole generations with a strong connection to their phone, tablet, and gaming station. If we care about the horse industry we must go beyond offering riding lessons, raising and training good horses, and selling great horse care products. We must maintain relevance, which will require our industry professionals to seek continuing education and personal development growth."
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Area of Expertise: Standardbred Racing Location: Alexandria, In Accolades: Won over 1,000 races as a trainer and over 2,000 races as a driver, Standardbred racing for over 34 yrs. Walter Haynes Jr followed his father Walter Haynes Str into the standardbred business and has been training and driving standardbreds for over 34 yrs. Walter has won over 1,000 races as a trainer and over 2,000 races as a driver. He currently trains and drives a string of 30 Standardbreds and is located in Alexandria, IN. He has had some great accomplishments with some incredible horses, such as the millionaire trotter, I KNOW MY CHIP, who recently won at the Miami Valley Raceway by trotting clear of the field by a length and a quarter. This was the 24th win for the 9-year-old gelding since he joined training with Walter in 2017. In May, he added another win to the credentials of Meant Tobe Shooter, taking the 10 yr-old gelding over the $300,000 mark at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The Indiana sired gelding has 31 wins and his career-best time was 1:49.3.
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Area of Expertise: Equine Rehabilitation Location: Prairie, WA Accolades: Rehabilitated hundreds of horses over 35 yr career, Founded Thoroughbred 2.0 Ginger-Kathleen started working with and rehabbing horses at the young age of 13, simply because she was so determined to make horses her life's work. She had a knack for working horses no one else wanted. In her 35 year career, she has rehabilitated hundreds of horses, often bidding against meat buyers in days before the internet. Her proudest work is Thoroughbred 2.0, a non-profit endeavor dedicated to education, community, support, and opportunity for thoroughbred owners. The photo included is of their team at Woodbrook Hunt (a drag hunt). In the image, she is on a horse she rehabilitated who had previously snapped his humerus in half as a 2-year-old, raced on it, and then developed Kissing Spine by age 4. When Ginger-Kathleen bought him, she had the proper surgery performed and rehabbed him back to health. Also in the photo, is a horse they rehabbed who has a partially paralyzed jaw due to an accident. Occasionally she has found time to non-competitively train a few of her own horses, but tends to focus on schooling all the babies in need of re-direction. She spends much of her time under a horse doing hoof care, booting, thrush treatment, Keratex, Hoof Armor, Durasole, and the like, along with bodywork, holding for the farrier, physio, and chiropractor, clipping, brushing, braiding, and more. She also teaches jumping, cross-country, dressage, and non-violent problem solving for "impossible to ride", difficult loaders, or any out-of-the-box issue. She has found that lots of turnout, bodywork, custom or well-fit saddles, and some grit and hard work can do wonders for difficult horses. In her spare time, Ginger-Katheleen has been published in Dressage Today and Flying Changes magazine for technical and informational articles.
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A horse liniment is a topical product designed to alleviate arthritis pain, relieve sore muscles, and help with a cooldown. The active ingredients work as counterirritants, triggering a horse's skin to increase the superficial blood flow to the applied area. The soothing effects result from evaporation of the ingredients, and will typically be followed up by a warming effect as superficial blood supplies ramp up and provide pain relief. The common ingredients in horse liniments, such as camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus, create cooling and warming sensations. There are typically other herbal ingredients, which also create a lovely aroma. Calendula, echinacea, and other herbal extracts are topical analgesics, reducing pain. Menthol and other essential oils add to the smells of liniments. Horse liniments work great for humans as well!
Each of our experts has selected their favorite charity to represent. A percentage of the proceeds of these horse liniments will go to each charity, and you can also donate directly to them at checkout!! Click on each charity logo to learn more about them.
The Appaloosa Foundation is the charitable division of the Appaloosa Horse Club. A renewed focus is driving efforts to expand fundraising so that the Foundation can do more to support the Appaloosa and the Appaloosa community. Donations of all amounts are appreciated. The Foundation provides support for owners in need, scholarships for education, health and genetics research, seminars, and the Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center. The Appaloosa Foundation supports the Appaloosa youth through a scholarship program and activities for AYA that promote the development of their personal growth. A closely related and equally important focus of the Appaloosa Foundation is education programs for Appaloosa owners and breeders. The Appaloosa Foundation continues to provide funding for seminars and “think tanks” on genetics, management, marketing, and breed promotion. Through continued research, The Appaloosa Foundation funds research in health and genetics that help further our knowledge of the Appaloosa breed and equine industry. In addition, the Appaloosa Foundation provides support for Appaloosa Horse Club members and others who experience crises such as injury, natural disasters, and extreme hardship. The Appaloosa Foundation supports the preservation of our breed history through exhibits and promotions telling the story of this unique breed. Funding for these activities is made available to the Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center.
Horse liniments & poultices are popular horse health products among equestrians looking for ways to soothe sore muscles, ligaments, and stiff joints. Liniments are a handy horse care staple that can act as a topical analgesic or antiseptic, but finding a natural product that is also effective can be difficult. Here's what you need to know about our top-rated all-natural rub-on horse liniments.
Liniments are a topical product applied to the horse as a spray, rub-on, or body wash. The active ingredients of a horse liniment act as counterirritants to increase blood flow and provide a soothing effect from evaporation.
These formulas are often used for horses with arthritis pain seeking joint pain relief in addition to other supplements. Liniments have a place in nearly every rider's first aid kit and are an excellent addition to a shampoo treatment or warm-up and cooldown routines.
There are several brands of horse liniment to choose from, including Absorbine, Farnam, and Bigeloil. Ingredients can vary and may include menthol, witch hazel, calendula, echinacea, and wormwood.
It's essential to read the ingredients and label of any horse liniment you choose, as some antiseptic formulas are safe for minor cuts and use under horse blankets, while others are not. If you plan to attend a dressage show or other competition soon, remember to double-check if the liniment is show legal as some pain reliever ingredients are not.
All-natural liniments are generally safer for more sensitive horses, but every horse is different. Always test any topical products before using them extensively on your horse. It's also important to consider how you plan on using a liniment. While spray liniments are convenient, a rub-on formula is more versatile and better for precise application.
All-natural rub-on horse liniments contain natural ingredients like essential oils and herbal extracts that help soothe sore muscles and stiff joints in horses. Here are some of our favorite formulas.
Absorbine Veterinary Liniment Gel was our judge's pick for the top-rated, all-natural, rub-on horse liniment. This liniment gel includes menthol and herbal extracts that support pain relief and help manage swelling in a convenient formula.
This all-natural liniment uses a unique mixture of eight essential oils to relieve stiffness by first cooling and then warming muscles. The gel formula is also an antiseptic that can help soothe pain from minor wounds.
This versatile liniment can be massaged directly onto the area of concern or diluted for a brace that promotes circulation and suppleness. The Back On Track Limber Up gel is also safe to use under horse blankets and other Back on Track products.
The Sore No-More Performance Gelotion is specifically formulated to stay in place so horse owners can pinpoint problem areas by foaming when in contact with heat. The natural recipe does not include any chemicals, parabens, or sulfates.
This herbal lotion is ideal for use before or after strenuous exercise. The formula contains arnica, so it should not be used under bandages or on open wounds.
If you have a horse that struggles without sore muscles or sore joints, checkout our top-rated all natural rub-on horse liniments. These natural formulas are an excellent option for providing target relief to support optimal performance without irritating your horse's sensitive skin.