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 line up below, to help you find the perfect products for you and your horse! A percentage of the proceeds of the products reviewed will be given to the charities that our experts have chosen to represent. For this month, our experts rated Liquid Liniments.
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: Vaulting Location: Woodside, CA Accolades: 6x Vaulting National Champion, 2x FEI World Cup competitor, 2019 FEI World Cup Finalist, 3x World Equestrian Games Competitor (‘10 ‘14 ‘18), 2014 Nations Cup Bronze Medalist Kristian started vaulting at 12 years old, in 2005, during his days as a gymnast. Some of his teammates were vaulters, and convinced him to try it. He loved vaulting at first sight. Once he started competing, it lit a fire in him and he never looked back. Over the next decade, vaulting took him to every world championship after 2010, and to many new countries. Since 2010 he’s been: -6 time National Champion -2 time FEI World Cup competitor -2019 FEI World Cup Finalist -3 time World Equestrian Games Competitor (‘10 ‘14 ‘18) -2014 Nations Cup Bronze Medalist Today, he trains with Carolyn Bland at the Pacific Coast Vaulting Club in Woodside, CA. You can check out the Pacific Coast Vaulting Club at https://www.pacificcoastvaulting.com/
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Area of Expertise: Barrel Racing Location: Fresno, CA Accolades: 2009 National Finals Rodeo Qualifier, 1999 Champion of the National High Schools Finals Barrel Race, Multiple Qualifier for the California Circuit Finals Sheena Robbins has been riding in the cutting and barrel racing world for as long as she can remember. Her dad, Dale Robbins, is a world champion cutter and her mom also runs barrels. She won at the National High Schools Finals Barrel Race in 1999. Sheena qualified in barrel racing for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV in 2009. She has also made the California Circuit Finals numerous times. Sheena has trained both futurity and derby champions. She is currently located in Fresno, CA where she trains horses with her brother Cody Robbins. They have the brother/sister partnership down to a science, as Cody starts all the colts and Sheena does finishing barrel work with them. Her brother, Cody, also focuses on finishing the roping horses as well. Sheena also focuses on their breeding program at the barn, where she raises several babies every year. She is in charge of managing and working the broodmares and babies for the ranch.
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Area of Expertise: Paso Finos Location: Troy, IL Charity: 100+ Paso Fino National Championships, trainer at Royal Oak Ranch Starting at a very young age, Rick green broke Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses and then started to train Polo Ponies. In 1978, Rick Meyer and Ray Walton started a world-class hunting reserve, Flint Oak Ranch, where they raised Champion Brittany Spaniels and Paso Fino Horses. After his first regional show in North Carolina, he headed to the 1979 National Paso Fino Championship, where he won two National and one Grand National Championship with the two horses he showed. During the 1980’s, Flint Oak Ranch grew to be the largest Paso Fino breeder in North America. Rick was foaling out fifty plus mares each year and soon the herd consisted of 250+ Paso Finos. He managed a full-time staff with over 3000 acres and trained many different Paso Fino bloodlines. Rick, along with Winona Walton completed the first step-by-step training book for Paso Finos, “Horse Sense in Training”. Today the book is in it’s 5th printing. Rick obtained his judge and steward’s card in 1981 and became a Senior Certified Judge several years later. He competed in the 1986 Mundial (World Cup) in Puerto Rico where he won a World Cup Championship. Rick and his wife Janice moved to St. Louis in 1988 where they started Royal Oak Ranch. In 1993, he was honored by his peers and became “Trainer of the Year”. To date, Rick and his wife Janice have accumulated more than 300 National Championships and have bred, trained, and shown hundreds of Paso Finos. Starting in 1995, Rick provided leadership for the next four years as President of the Paso Fino Horse Association. Rick was also invited to judge the 1997 World Cup in Cali, Colombia SA and was pleased by their generous hospitality and excited by the quality of the 700 plus horses that competed. Today, after 38 years, Rick trains, shows and breeds Paso Finos, trains Quarter Horses and Paints; teaches Amateur and Youth riders to succeed in the show ring, gives clinics, provides appraisals, consultations, expert witness testimony, does voice-overs and judges horse shows. Rick and his family have relocated to Troy, Illinois (St. Louis Metro area) in 2003 where they have a new “state of the art” equine facility. To contact Rick, email him at RoyalOakRick@gmail.com
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Liniments are great to use after strenuous workouts to help relieve your horse's sore muscles, or to help relieve pain from strains or arthritis. A liniment bath will help increase the blood flow throughout the entire body, helping your horse recover from the workout and be in peak shape for the following day. You can also use liniments to relieve your own aches and pains. They are great for human muscle or joint soreness, making this product the perfect product to get both horse and rider in top shape after a hard day!
Each of our experts have selected their favorite charity to represent. A percentage of the proceeds of these 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 EQUUS Foundation is the only national charity in the United States 100% dedicated to ensuring the welfare of America's horses and fostering the horse-human bond. Our mission is to protect America's horses and strengthen the bond between horses and people. At the core of our mission is safeguarding the comfort and dignity of America's horses throughout their lives and sharing their ability to empower, teach and heal with as many people as possible. We help strengthen equine organizations that provide: • Protection, rehabilitation, retraining and re-homing of America's at-risk and transitioning horses with careers as athletes, companions, teachers, and especially healers; • Opportunities for horses to elevate the lives of people with and without special needs through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT); • Retirement for aged horses that ensure that horses are able to live out their lives in comfort and receive a peaceful and humane end of life. Equine charities seeking financial support from the EQUUS Foundation undergo a comprehensive and unique verification process to ensure donor confidence in the charities selected to receive financial support each year.