What rubs to you use on your horses and why? Let us know in the comments what works for you!
We have a few that we use on horses for different reasons: Emu Oil with Turmeric, Aloe Vera with Manuka Honey, Equine Super Goo…why all the different ones? Here’s a quick break down:
1. Emu Oil gets used on horses who need a good massage before and after work. These horses may have sore or tender parts of their backs, necks, or legs. The combination of the emu oil and turmeric with a strong massage helps with pain and inflammation. The massaging encourages faster healing and recovery of muscles and keeps the horses happier.
2. The Aloe Vera with Manuka rub is used more on horses who have a rub or scar that is healing up as well as any that have flaky skin in summer due to sun exposure. Often we then put filter back over these areas to give the rub/scar/sunburn a bit of protection so it can heal. This rub is soothing and encourages the skin to heal smooth.
3. Equine Super Goo is a newer product. We have used this on horses who have been in scraps with each other (or had a run in with a fence), as well as on small cuts, abrasions, and mud fever. Our over all experience with this is that is easy to use and apply and that is speeds up with healing process.
Ultimately it can feel like you are throwing money away if you only use a product for a week or two and think it will help your horses. The key in the success of any product or intervention it to use it consistently and over a long period of time. Depending on the problem it can take a very long time (we’re talking a months or even over a year) to see the results you are wanting – skin takes a long time to heel if it has been exposed to damage over a long period, and then the hair can take longer again to look like it should.
Our advice – be patient, be consistent, and don’t think the creams will do it all – Massage helps and stimulates healing, correct fitting gear helps, dealing with underlying health problems helps…and all together work towards keeping horses at their best.
Enzo Gel Saddle Pads
Firstly I need to mention this is my personal honest findings and thoughts when using the Enzo Gel Saddle pad. This is not a sponsored or paid for post.
We started using the enzo gel saddle pads because like many horse trekking companies saddle fit can be a problem for us. The reason for this is that saddle fit for a horse ideally takes into account several things: saddle size and shape, horse size and shape, and the rider.
The third part is where we as a horse trekking company find the problem – our horses are ridden by different people on every ride, with different weights, heights, and balance to take into account.
We trialled using the Enzo Gel Pads on some horses that we where noticing saddle rubs on. Immediately we noticed less rubbing and slipping of saddles. This was a great start and so we decided to trial using them for every ride and see what happened. Here are our findings (I just wish we had taken photos!):
Firstly and immediately: we saw there was less or no saddle rubbing, even on a couple of our hard to fit horses. This led to happier horses on rides which included getting horses to trot and canter happier and easier, and had us feeling better knowing our horses were more comfortable despite at times having inexperienced or unbalanced riders.
The next thing we noticed: damaged skin on some horses started to heal. We had some horses who in the past had worn ill-fitting saddles that caused damaged skin and white hair to grow as a result. With wearing these gel saddle pads these problems started to clear up and over time have become less and less. Hair is re-growing in the correct colour and skins in also healing up smooth and flat.
Over time we have noticed continued improvements in our horses backs despite having different riders consistently. We continue to see horses that are happy and willing on treks while using these gel pads. When riding using the Enzo Pads ourselves we notice a difference between using and not using them. I personally notice with my horse that she is more comfortable on the steep downhills and going into a canter when she wears this gel pad, and with using filter back and a few other creams and rub on her previously damaged skin we are seeing the skin healing up despite not being able to give her months and months off with no saddle time (we couldn’t even if business was slow as she would simply go CRAZY being out of work! – Anyone who know Esse will understand that!)
If you want more information about the different rubs we use on our horses and for what look out for our next post, but for now this is a quick run down on what we have found with the Enzo Gel Saddle Pads. We love them and now most of our horses are riding in them and we are thankful that they are keeping our horses more comfortable and healthier and this of course leads to better rides for our customers.
If you are interested in purchasing one of these saddle pads for your own horse you can pick on up at The Saddlery Warehouse, because although you may not have the exact same challenges as us with different riders on your horse on every ride we understand that horses change shape throughout the year and these can provide a buffer to help keep your horse comfortable as it changes through the seasons.
*please note if your saddle is completely the wrong fit this will not solve your problem. It is important to try and get the best fitting saddle you can. These pads simply help alleviate pressure points and lesson jarring or the effects of fluctuation in your horse’s condition, rider balance, and work type or workload. The gel pads also, as mentioned above, helped to stop rubbing and shifting of saddles.
I hope you have found this information helpful. If you choose the try using one of these I hope you also find the results positive.
Owning and operating a horse trekking business is a busy full on job. We get to work with amazing animals and along the way learn lots about them, ourselves, and many many different products and ideas. We will endeavour to share some of them here with you!