Barn Products

Wave Fork Review

 

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I clean a lot of stalls. Like, a lot. So it’s really important to use a good rake to scoop that poop with. There’s nothing more irritating than using a rake with lost tines and dropping manure with every scoop. It takes more of my valuable time to use a bad rake. Lately, I’ve had one too many of those bad rakes. The tines just didn’t seem strong enough to stand up against our Oklahoma clay in the runs of our stalls. Enter, the Wave Fork from Noble Outfitters. Noble Outfitters is a fairly new company to the horse world and their products have been beckoning me at the feed store for several weeks. This seemed like the perfect chance to try one out.

The Wave Fork, much like it’s name, has these nifty wavy tines instead of the straight ones most rakes have.

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They also are much more flexible than my last rakes.

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The tines can separate and come apart. They slide onto a plastic piece that goes along the top. So, if a tine does break, you just replace it instead of buying a brand new rake! You can see how the black and orange tines fit together in the photo.

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Best of all, it comes with a five year warranty! Pretty cool, in my opinion. And since I wasn’t paid to endorse this product, these are all my own honest thoughts and observations! I bought my Wave Fork at my local feed store, but you can order them online as well at Noble Outfitter’s website. They’re a bit pricey, but I’m hoping it will pay for itself in the long run.

2014 Christmas Wish List

Last year I posted gifts that you can make for your horsey friends, but this year I’m going to post a few horse relate items that I would love to get for Christmas. Hint, hint 😉 Most of these things are way out of my hubby’s gift price range, so it’s really all just for fun! A girl can dream, right? I found all this tack on Pinterest. You can find all the brand and purchasing information on my horse board at: Allie’s Horse Board.

1. Let’s just start this off with a bang, shall we? I’m in love with this saddle. This is a C24 Sonoma Supreme Reiner from Continental Saddlery. I love the detail in the leather-work and the small amount of silver. The skirting looks feminine and pretty. I have to say, it looks pretty comfortable too! All the saddles from Continental are beautiful.

 

 

2. If you’re going to have a new saddle, you’re going to need a new cinch, right? I love that these are 100% mohair and 100% creatively functional. One of these would add a little color to your set-up for the ranch pleasure class without being overly showy. No one else at the barn will have one of these babies, but I can tell you for sure they’ll all want one! Victoria Boyd, from Badger Creek Arts, hand-makes these exceptional cinches from start to finish. You can read all about them here: Badger Creek Arts.

 

 

3. This headstall from Running Roan Tack is a no-brainer for me. It has the matching turquoise gator that is also on my spur straps. I think these are fun and girly, but they don’t have too much bling. I’m a little bling’d out, y’all. I like the color and the studs…and the absence of rhinestones.

 

4. These wouldn’t necessarily match the headstall above, but man they’re cute. I think these would be best paired with a plain one-eared headstall. Again, I’m really into feminine yet functional details right now. I think a lot of women riders try to look tough and blend in with the men. Why should we do that? We can look pretty and still ride as well (IF NOT BETTER) than any of the men. These bits are from Mad Cow Company and can be found on the Running Roan Tack website.

 

 

Shedding Tools 101

Welcome, spring! For horse owners, this is the time of year when you find more horse hairs in your mouth than you’d like to admit, your favorite barn jacket is in need of extra washings, and you’ve officially unpacked your shedding tools. My horses shed a little later than the others here at Rocking E since they live outside full time. Nonetheless, their time has too come and I feel like I could make some crazy organic knitted sweaters from all the fluff accumulating around my trailer. Who knows, maybe it would be a hit among city-dwellers on etsy. On second thought…

This is a brief overview of my favorite tools to use, starting from my least favorite, to my brand new favorite tool for shedding OF ALL TIME! There are many other fancy tools, but these are the tools I have on hand or can buy locally.

1. Rubber Curry

Okay, okay, I realize that this is the most well-known and frequently used shedding tool out there, but does it really work that well? I’ve decided it’s about useless for me. First off, it’s stiff and uncomfortable for my horses. They just don’t seem to enjoy it and I feel like I have to press pretty hard to get hair out. On the flip side, these aren’t too bad for roughing up dried mud.

2. Massaging Rubber Curry

For being so closely related to the first curry, this one is very different in my opinion. I like that the teeth are longer and create a more massaging effect. I also like that it’s easier to hold, thus making a circular motion easier than the original curry. You have to be careful to not press too hard and not use it on the legs and face, but other than that I give this curry a thumbs up.

3. Farnam Slick’n’Easy Grooming Block

These are pretty cool little babies. They pull hair out pretty well! They also double as a bot egg remover. Gotta love dual purpose products! There are a few drawbacks, though. You have to keep the edges blunt so you lose a lot of block every time you scrape down the sides. It doesn’t have a long surface area so grooming with a block takes a while. Lastly, it’s hard to use on the legs and face.

4. Single Shedding Blade

I have just started using this blade and I’m in love. It’s old school, I know, but it works. They’re fairly inexpensive too. Just be careful if you have sensitive horses, and of course don’t use on the face or legs.

5. Double-sided Rubber curry mitt

And now my all-time favorite shedding tool! Yes, it’s pink. Yes, it has glitter. Yes, I found it in the children’s grooming section at Atwoods. Yes, IT IS AWESOME. It’s rubber, but not too stiff. It fits perfectly in your hand. It gently, but effectively, removes hair. It pulls dirt to the surface, and the best thing is it has a side specifically for the face and legs. We have a winner!

 

Horse-Lover’s Christmas

I am one of THOSE Christmas people.

I listen to Christmas music in October.

I put up the Christmas tree and the lights the day after Thanksgiving.

I buy presents year-round.

I am proudly one of THOSE people. I can’t help it! I feel all warm and snugly inside when I think about that time of year. So, in the, um, early spirit of Christmas I’m going to show you some of my favorite ideas for Christmas gifts for your special horsey friends, or your horse! These are all provided courtesy of Pinterest, and even better they’re all DIY!

1. Peppermint Bran Mash

I LOVE this idea. In fact, I’m set on doing this for a few horsey folks and their equine companions this year. You can buy mixes such as this one, here, or you can make your own.

 

2. Homemade Horse Treats

There are dozens of different recipes floating around on homemade horse treats. Inexpensive, practical, and thoughtfully homemade? How can you go wrong?

 

3. Barn Decor

Ummm, I’m in love with this wreath idea. I can’t wait to make one. The cool part is, no two wreaths will look the same if you just use old tack and horseshoes from your collection. The baling twine bow is very clever, too. This could be gifted, used at home on your front door, or even hung on your horse’s stall. Love.

 

4. Feed Bag Tote

I’m not super talented when it comes to sewing, but I bet I can figure out how to make one of these. Feed bags would normally be trash, so I love this idea of up-cycling them into something cute and useful. If you don’t sew, there are plenty of places to buy these from relatively inexpensive.

 

5. Horseshoe Art

Don’t all of us equestrians have horse shoes lying around? I know we do. If your pony only gets trims, no fear. Horseshoes are fairly inexpensive and you can buy them used off farriers or at your local feed and tack store. I love the idea of decorating horse shoes. Another thought is to use a special horse’s shoe to give as a gift to a friend, like the horse they’re showing or even a lost beloved horse. I’ve done this craft before and used beads. It’s fun and quick!

 

 

New Winter Blankies

Last year Kona really did a number on his heavy blanket. I deemed it unrepairable. I went on a search for new blankets for him and came across Schneider’s Tack catalog. I’ve seen a few people use these blankets in the barn in the past and they seem to hold up pretty well. So, I thought I’d give them a try! They are very affordable and even come with a warranty. They have a variety of styles and probably my favorite option they offer are the neck cut-outs. There are different neck cut-out fittings depending on the breed of your horse. For instance, a blanket that fits well on a thoroughbred probably isn’t going to fit super well on a little quarter horse.

I’m super excited, because my package came in!

 

 

I picked out a light sheet and a heavy blanket with a belly-band. The last time we had a blizzard, I said to myself, “When I buy new blankets they’re going to have belly-bands, by-golly!” The wind and snow would just gust up underneath their blankets, and I felt bad that there was nothing else for me to do for them.

Here’s the heavy blanket: http://www.sstack.com/horse-blankets-and-sheets_waterproof-turnout-blankets_euro-fit/stormshield-classic-euro-bellyband-turnouts/

Here’s the light sheet: http://www.sstack.com/Horse-Blankets-And-Sheets_Stable-Sheets/Dura-Tech-Ripstop-Poly-Plaid-Sheet/

I’m so excited to try them out! I’ll let you know how they hold up.

 

About Allie

About Allie

Welcome to my blog! My name is Allie and my passion is caring for horses. My days consist of feeding, cleaning, and nurturing my two favorite things: horses and my little girl! I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures in equine ownership and life as a business-owning mommy!