Essentials for the Horse Barn


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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  1. Robynne Catheron says:

    Great list of basics, thanks!

    Monoject curved-tip syringes (Amazon) for squirting saline into wounds, and for squirting thrush treatment deep into crevices.
    Pure saline, large bottle or several small bottles. I use it not only for wound cleaning, but also for cleaning around eyes. One of my horses has always had a weepy eye, so I try to keep it clean with saline on a soft terrycloth baby washcloth. I spread a bit of Vaseline under his eye afterward to help stop the salty tears from stinging his skin.
    Which brings me to my second must-have: several soft terry cloth baby washcloths, the kind that come rolled up in a set of eight or ten or so.
    Small container of Vaseline.
    Equi-Spa Sheath and Udder Cleaner, which I swear by and use frequently, and year-round. Little to no rinsing required!
    Box of 100 medical gloves from the drug store. I use them for sheath and udder cleaning, and for slathering Musher’s Secret onto their soles to prevent ice balls from forming in winter, especially when riding in the snow.

    • then5925 says:

      Thanks for sharing, Robynne. 🙂 Always good to hear other peoples ideas! I almost added the latex gloves for sheath cleaning, but wanted to keep the list fairly short. Haven’t heard of the Musher’s Secret–is that made specifically for horses?

  2. Robynne Catheron says:

    Nope, it was designed for sled dogs to keep ice from building up between their toes. Amazon $20 has lasted me two winters so far!

  3. Cathy says:

    Do you find that the Devil’s claw works right away? I just started feeding buteless to my mustang with ERU. I didn’t see any instant results. A week into it the eye seems to be looking better.

    • Casie says:

      Hi Cathy–no you won’t usually get ‘instant’ results with herbs, but stick with it. It may take several weeks or a month to notice a difference. They often have a more gradual effect than NSAID’s.

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