Author: PJ Janssen

What is the difference between polo and standing bandages

What is the difference between polo and standing wraps?   Polo wraps are one of the oldest types of wraps for horses and are commonly used in dressage and polo. Polo’s do offer some protection against bumps and bruises that the horse can get while working if he over reaches or bumps himself. Polo wraps are made from a material that conforms to a horse’s leg. When wrapped correctly, they do not bunch or slip like some other boots can when a horse is doing dressage, or other intricate movements. Many people like to match their polo wraps, fly bonnets and saddle pads.     Standing wraps are usually used with quilts or no bows. Standing wraps can be used for protection, to promote circulation, to keep a wound clean, to add support to a horse’s leg or with poultice or topical medicine. When a standing wrap is used without any medication or poultice, it can provide warmth and promote circulation in your horse’s leg. It can also help to keep them from stocking up. When standing wraps are used with poultice, it can help reduce swelling/inflammation. Make sure bandages are wrapped, with even pressure applied throughout, from the inside to the outside of the leg.   Some people will use standing wraps and quilts for shipping instead of shipping...

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Does my horse need a fly sheet?

Does my horse need a fly sheet?   If your horse is turned out in the warmer weather, he/she might. Your horse being bitten by flies and mosquitos could ruin a nice day of turnout for your horse. Help protect him/her with a fly sheet.   Have a dark horse and want to keep him/her from getting bleached out by the sun? A fly sheet could help with that.   Fly sheets can protect your horse from UV rays. Another benefit of fly sheets is that some bugs can carry disease, and use of a fly sheet can help protect against this, as well as protecting against bumps and welts from bug bites. If you are worried that your horse will be too hot in a fly sheet, you don’t have to worry. They are usually light colors and that reflect UV rays. Fly sheets are very breathable as well. With gussets and nice materials, your horse should be comfortable. If your horse gets caught out in the rain, you don’t have to worry about your fly spray getting washed off. Your horse will still be protected from flies by his sheet. Fly sheets can vary in price and materials. With all of the great options out there, it shouldn’t be hard to find the best fit for you and your horse.   Add some fly boots and a fly...

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Clipper Care

Taking care of your clippers.   Take good care of your clippers and your blades and they will last longer.  They should be cleaned on a regular basis. Blade care: Make sure to oil your blades with clipper oil. Lubrication is essential to the blades, they can never be allowed to go dry.   Clean the blades of hair and the buildup, daily. Brush them off, or take a pipe cleaner and slide it under the cutter (side to side) and get the hair from under it,  then use blade wash. If you are doing a lot of clipping, a product like Kool Lube is a must. These products cool the blade.  Remember, you do still need to use oil as there is not enough lube in spray coolants to use them as a base for blade care.  Read and follow the directions on the can. If your blades get rusty, a good cleaning and sharpening may  help. When you take the blades off of your clipper, try to clean the visible hair out the best you can.  Hair can get down in the clipper and make it hard for the clipper to work correctly. Follow all these steps and your clippers should last longer and cut better.  Happy...

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Are you a good boarder?

  Do you keep your horse at a boarding facility?   Ways to be a good boarder…   Do you:   Clean up after you groom or pick your horses feet?   Keep the aisle tidy?   Keep the tack room neat?   Only use your own brushes on your horse.     If you borrow something, put it back.   If you use someone else’s products, replace them.   Try to be considerate to other riders in the ring.   Are you courteous to other boarders?   Is your horse well behaved?   Any other suggestions? Send them to us – info@tollboothsaddle.com        ...

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Blanketing Terms – what do they all mean?

Blanketing Terms & Information You see all the terms on the packaging of horse blankets, but what do they all mean? Denier – It is a unit of textile measurement. The higher the denier, the stronger the fabric. A 1200 D blanket is more durable than a 600D blanket. Ripstop – Many blankets have their fabric woven in such a way that will make them resistant to ripping and tearing. Horse blanket weights – Lite – This will have little or no fill Medium – Has 155 to 255 grams of fill Heavy – Has 250 to 370 grams of fill There are blankets with 400 grams of fill for very cold harsh conditions. Stable blankets are usually not waterproof, and they are made from a lower denier fabric. Turnout blankets are waterproof and are a higher denier fabric ranging from 600 to 1800 denier   Some blankets will come with a detachable neck, such as the one shown above.  Others will have a neck attached (not removable) High Neck blankets have a neck that comes almost half way up the horses neck, as shown below.   Standard neck blankets usually come up to around the horses withers/ The blankets or sheets you chose for your horse will depend a lot on the conditions your horse lives in – shelter or little to no shelter, Is your horse clipped?...

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