GIVEAWAY! ft. EcoLicious Equestrian

A while back I reviewed a de-tangler for the mane and tail from Ecolicous Equestrian, called De-stress which I absolutely love! They were kind enough to send me a free full size bottle for a giveaway for you guys 😍 ; SO I decide to do an end of year Giveaway 🙂

It promotes overall scalp health and, along with Rosemary Extract, aids in growth of healthy manes and tails. The cocktail of Certified Organic Hemp Oil, Coconut, Apricot, Wheat Germ and Olive Oil – full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids -“feeds” the moisture starved scalp and tresses. Tea Tree Essential Oil is known to prevent dandruff and Sunflower Extract protects against UV damage. You’ve gotta see the stunning results for yourself!

Rules:

1. Follow both instagram accounts: @TofinoTack and @EcoLiciousEquestrian

2. Tag 3 people on @TofinoTack competition post(For those who don’t have instagram, just comment tag or share this blog post to 3 people.)

3. Post a picture on Instagram of your horse’s mane or tail and hashtag #TofinoTackEE (If you don’t have an instagram or your account is private, you can simply email me: (TofinoTack@gmail.com)

Competition ends in a week (Friday 25 December 2015) and is OPEN TO ALL (national & International)

Good luck! and thanks again to EcoLicious Equestrian 😀

Importance of Sheath Cleaning for Your Horse

For those of you who don’t know, a horses sheath is the pocket of skin that protects your horses private part. The reason why their sheaths need to be cleaned is due to the fact that a substance called smegma tends to build up in that area.

Smegma consists of dirt and dead skin cells. Some horses may also develop something called a “bean” which is also smegma but in a hard ball like texture. The bean can either be inside the sheath or near the urethra which can eventually cause interference with urine flow.

Geldings tend to need sheath cleaning more often that stallions as they extrude much less. Therefore, the smegma builds up faster in the skin folds.

Stallions would only need cleaning once a year. Whereas geldings would most likely need cleaning once or twice a year, depending on your horse and how often they relax.

For cleaning the sheath you will need:

  • Trimmed fingernails! Yes your nails should be trimmed in order to avoid any sharpness or cuts
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Bucket with warm water
  • Cotton/soft sponge
  • Sheath cleaning product (I use Smeg-U-Later by Ecolicious)

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Always remember, SAFETY FIRST! Make sure your horse is comfortable enough to let you clean him, otherwise, sedation could be an option.

Make sure you stand facing your horse’s back legs but not too close to be in the kick range zone. Approach your horse gently and calmly then start the following, as suggested by InfoVets:

1. Fill the bucket with warm (not hot) water.

2. Place a rubber glove on the right hand and then place a cotton sock over the right hand (a small rag or pieces of cotton can be used in place of the sock).

3. Soak the sock, rag, or cotton in the bucket of warm, soapy water. The soap not only cleans, but acts as a lubricant.

4. Begin by approaching the horse from the left side. With the left hand on the side or back of the horse, move towards the horse’s sheath with the right hand. MOVE SLOWLY and GENTLY, rubbing the horse as progress is made towards the sheath. Many horses will kick and resist this at first. Because a horse can easily reach its abdomen (belly) with a foot, it is important to keep your head high and watch out for your right hand.

5. Soak the opening of the sheath with the hose and plenty of warm water.

6. Anytime during this procedure it may be necessary to remove debris (smegma) that is encountered.

7. A thorough cleaning of all folds and surfaces of the sheath can now take place.

8. Remove the “bean” or smegma that is commonly found on the sides of the urethral opening in the urethral diverticulum

9. Once all the debris is removed, thoroughly rinse the sheath with warm, non-soapy water. Any remaining soap can cause irritation.

To read and view these steps in detail, you can visit the article at InfoVets- Sheath Cleaning.

Ecolicious “Leave Me Be” Body Spray REVIEW

Today I will be reviewing the Ecolicious LEAVE ME BE all natural Equine Body Spray. As you may recall, if you follow me, i did a haul on Ecolicious Equestrian Products. Click here to check out the haul.

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I got the LEAVE ME BE spray as an alternative to my Ultashield fly spray as ecolicious is made of all natural ingredients and is also eco friendly, whereas the ultrasheild, even though works great, is full of chemicals, and not to mention that it comes with false packaging as the fly spray does not last 17 days, let alone one.

So I have been using LEAVE ME BE for a bit more than a month now and both Tofino and I are lov-ing it! As Ecolicious quotes:

You don’t want to spray your horse with chemical-laden products and we couldn’t agree more. Leave Me Be is the perfect spray to keep your horse comfortable and happy this summer without the use of harsh, irritating chemicals that can be hard on his sensitive skin. We’ve formulated our Body Spray using fine wild-crafted essential oils and plant extracts that are gentle on the environment. Tea Tree Oil is known to protect and sooth irritated and bug-bitten skin, while the blend of cooling Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Citronella and Lemon will keep your horse feeling and smelling fresh. We’ve also added ultra-moisturizing Vegetable Glycerin, known for its skin and coat conditioning properties, for that ooh-soo-silky feeling.

And no, we did not forget UV protection  – we don’t like bleached coats either. Leave Me Be contains Sunflower Seed Extract, a natural sunscreen, to help protect your horse’s coat from damaging UV rays. Like all EcoLicious products, this spray is made with human-grade ingredients, because we believe in only the best for  your equine partner.

This is the perfect combination for Tofino as he is grey, therefore, gets sun protection, shine, soothing effect and of course leaves the flies and bugs away.

We tend to go on hacks a lot, and there are specific times when passing through the municipality garbage area where we get attached by a swarm of flies and other bugs. However, using this fly spray before i hack has prevented us being followed by bugs and insects!

The only complaint i have about this product is the packaging. The sprayer is so stiff and slippery. It also sprays a lot and very wide. I switched the spray bottle to an ACE Hardware Sprayer Bottle instead (32oz) as seen below:


Pros:

  • Repels bugs/insects
  • Smells amazing
  • UV protection
  • Adds shine
  • Natural ingredients
  • Conditioning
  • Soothing
  • Cooling

Cons:

  • Sprayer is stiff and hard to press
  • Sprayer sprays a lot 

I cannot rave more about this product honestly, it smells amazing, does its job well and has UV protection. What more could you ask for? Definitely purchasing a refill.

Bathing Bucket TOUR!

Bathing a horse is necessary to not only keep them clean, but to prevent some skin conditions too, especially in the summer months. So i decided to do a tour for you guys to view what i have inside my bathing bucket for Tofino.

Note that it is not necessary to bathe your horse everyday or even every week, but when necessary.

My bathing bucket consists of the following:

1. Ace Hardware Bucket
2. Sweat Scraper
3. Ecolicious Squeaky Green Shampoo
4. Ecolicious Silky Conditioner
5. Currycomb hand mitt (after applying shampoo)
6. Brush Sponge (which i use to apply shampoo)
7. Sponge

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EcoLicious Equestrian HAUL

Yes! My EcoLicious Equestrian products I ordered have arrived and I am ecstatic to try them out 😀

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For those of you who have not heard of these products before, they are:

Natural Horse Care & Grooming Products that Perform

~ 100% Free of Nasty Chemicals, Silicones & Parabens.
~ Made with Natural and Organic GMO Free Ingredients
~ Biodegradable & Earth Friendly.
~ Sourced from Renewable Resources.
~ Packaged in 100% recycled bottles.

Note: they currently only ship to North America, i used Aramex shop and ship to get it delivered here in Dubai which took about 2 weeks.

I only use natural products on myself and try to for Tofino. When I discovered Ecolicious I was really interested in finding out more. I researched the brand and there was a lot of positive feedback. You can not only use the shampoo, conditioner and de-stress treatment for your horse, but also for yourself, yay!

Here is what I ordered (click image to enlarge):

1. LEAVE ME BE: All Natural Equine Body Spray: Which is a fly spray with UV protection, cooling and healing effects.

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2. SQUEAKY GREEN & CLEAN Shampoo: “It moisturizes, soothes, nourishes and adds gloss. Silk Powder derived from pure Silk Worm Cocoon restores natural luminosity and softness to your horse’s coat.”

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3. SILKY Rinse Out Moisturizing Conditioner for Coat, Mane & Tail: ” It moisturizes and conditions the coat and helps detangle and soften dry, damaged manes and tails.Silk Powder derived from a pure Silk Worm Cocoon helps restore natural luminosity and gives your horse’s coat the ultimate ooh-sooo-silky-to-die-for feeling.”

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4. SQUEAKY GREEN & CLEAN WATERLESS Deep Cleaning Shampoo: “When the weather doesn’t permit or you don’t have time for the deluxe bath treatment, bring on the waterless version of our wildly popular Green & Squeaky Clean Deep Cleansing & Conditioning Shampoo.”

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5. SMEG-U-LATER All-Natural Sheath Cleaner: “Coconut-derived cleansers and soothing Honeysuckle Extract to make sure our precious geldings and stud muffins don’t get irritated down there. We’ve also added essential oil of Lavender known for its calming properties… it can be used for other delicate areas such as nostrils and around the eye.”

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6: DE-STRESS Intensive Restructuring & Detangling Treatment: “It promotes overall scalp health and, along with Rosemary Extract, aids in growth of healthy manes and tails. The cocktail of Certified Organic Hemp Oil, Coconut, Apricot, Wheat Germ and Olive Oil – full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids -“feeds” the moisture starved scalp and tresses. Tea Tree Essential Oil is known to prevent dandruff and Sunflower Extract protects against UV damage.”

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7. COMFORT ME Soothing & Healing Balm: “Natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal botanicals Myrrh, Tea Tree and Lavender Essential Oils that aid in healing of cuts, scrapes and minor skin infections; and help treat skin suffering from common fungal problems such as scratches, girth itch, ringworm and rain rot.”

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First impression observations: 

Pros: 

  • Made of recycled materials
  • They smell ah-mazing!
  • Fast shipping
  • Decent Prices
  • All natural & organic
  • Biodegradable
  • Great customer service
  • Products can be used on us too
  • Lockable spray bottles (see picture below)

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Cons:

  • The conditioner and distress treatment are not filled to the top of the bottle as you can see above
  • There is no expiration date on the bottles, however, i did contact them and they replied quickly saying all products expire 1.5-2 years after being opened and left in cool space.
  • Packaging might not have been double checked as only two bottles had tape on them(the ones on the left). Lucky the others didn’t spill, nonetheless one can never be too sure

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