What a Muddy Mess! How to Clean your Classic Equine Gear

The Hanging Wash Rack by Classic Equine is a great tool to clean your boots.

“What a Muddy Mess.” – rodeo contestants everywhere.

Over the summer of 2019, many rodeo contestants were confronted with deep, boggy, wet, MUDDY conditions. If you left your house at all this summer, there is a good chance you have ran into some rain along the way. It seems every few years we are blessed with a muddy year of rodeos and equine events, so we decided to write down a few of our tips when competing in less than ideal situations.

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Sherry Cervi and Stingray competing at a very muddy Calgary Stampede! Photo by CovyMoore.com

First things first, Safety.

One of the best pieces of advice we can give is to learn how to read ground conditions. This tip applies regardless of whether the ground is wet, dry, deep or hard; know what is not safe and know what is best for your horse. If you are not sure how to read the ground or unsure about your decision, do not be afraid to ask a seasoned professional for their opinion. Also note, every person has their own idea of safety so it is ideal to know how your horse stands up in different conditions and to make your decision based on your horse’s abilities.

If you’ve ever competed in muddy conditions, you understand hassle of cleaning your tack in the aftermath of the event. We have some recommendations for you to keep in mind and make this process easier!

When it comes to cinches, try using our Featherflex cinch. The Featherflex has a soft feel for your horse and is very easy to clean after use. Along with that, the Featherflex is antimicrobial and antifungal, reducing chance of girth itch or agitation in damp weather.

Many people struggle with leg protection for their horses in the mud. In most situations, we recommend the Legacy2 or ClassicFit protective boots for optimal protection at jackpots and rodeos. However, another great option in less than desirable conditions is the Airwave ProTech line. It features breathable, lightweight boots with the ProTech outer shell for impact protection with an added bonus of AirWave Technology (this makes the boot perforated with a exterior mesh). By using the ProTech system in the mud, you provide your horse with excellent protection without any additional weight. As a bonus, the ProTech line is extremely easy to clean with a small spray of water. Some mud experts also prefer to use leather splint and skid boots as a great option as well.

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Last but not least, be sure to pick up your favorite rain sheet with a neck piece for this rainy rodeo season! Sometimes pens or stalls undercover aren’t an option on the rodeo road so rain sheets keep your favorite pony warm and dry as the rain falls. We recommend the Classic Windbreaker Turn-Out with hood to keep your horse dry. This blanket also fits excellent over your saddle and the neck piece ensures no rain seeps onto your saddle. 

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The Windbreaker Turnout by Classic Equine is optimal for milder climates and can be used for for protection in less than ideal conditions.

Cleaning Your Boots

Not only can running in the mud be a hassle, but then you have the aftermath of cleaning them up! Keeping your boots clean and debris-free not only are more comfortable for your horse, but extend the life of your boots! We recommend cleaning our boots by spraying them with water, removing all dirt and debris from the hook and loop straps, and letting them air drying. We DO NOT recommend washing them with detergents. The chemicals can accelerate the breakdown of the boot material and could also have a reaction to your horse with skin to skin contact. If you really want to improve your boot-cleaning situation, check out our Hanging Wash Rack – a small investment to make your life so much easier!

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At Classic Equine, we put your horse’s safety first in all conditions. We constantly strive to provide you with the best protective gear and supplies to keep your horses healthy and happy. Feel free to send us a message on Facebook at any time if you need help choosing the proper gear for your event and lifestyle.

 

For Contact:

Hannah Haugen

Public Relations Coordinator

hhaugen@equibrand.com

NEW Sundance Designer Line

New Sundance Pattern Now Available in Classic Equine Designer Line Accessories

New for 2019, the Sundance pattern is now available in Classic Equine Designer Line accessories! With hues of teal, coral, and natural tones in a bohemian inspired pattern, Sundance will add style and flair to any barn or trailer and is available in all the accessories you need.

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The Sundance pattern is available in the Top Load Hay Bag, the Boot Accessory Tote, Fan Bag, Large Tote, Messenger Bag, Weekender Duffel, and Cooler Tote. Buy one to stand alone or buy the collection for a complete set. The Sundance pattern can be found wherever Classic Equine products are sold. For more information please visit www.classicequine.com.

 

For Contact:
Hannah Haugen
Public Relations Coordinator
hhaugen@equibrand.com

Organize Your Life

Have you ever only had a few minutes of time to spare so you rush out to the barn hoping to jump on your horse and ride, only to not be able to find the things you need?  Let Classic Equine organize your life, your barn, and solve all of your storage needs. We at Classic Equine know how busy life can be and we would like to help simplify your life with some of our great organization products.

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The Groom Tote, which is crafted out of tough poly to insure durability, is a great tote to hold all of your brushes, bottles of spray-fly spray, coat conditioner, etc., while having several mesh pockets to hold your water bottle, phone, or other items you might need as you saddle.  This useful tote comes with a padded shoulder strap, making it super easy to grab as you load the trailer to head to an event or trail ride.

Whether your horse is stalled at an event or in your barn at home, the Fan Bag is one of the most useful organizational pieces in our line.  These stylish bags will hold a standard 20 X 20 box fan and are so easy to use.  The Fan Bag saves on storage in your trailer or barn verses traditional metal fan holders.  Not only is it a storage saver, it also is equip with nylon webbing for a long-lasting product.  The straps of the Fan Bag are adjustable so that you can adjust it for correct airflow to reach any horse in your herd.

Simplicity is the key when it comes to having all of the things you need in one place.  The Meds Bag is just that, it’s simple.  It is rigid enough to withstand the demands, horse people place on it, while having the features needed to keep your medicine safe and secure.  The bag is fully insulated while being equipped with elastic loops to hold your medicine bottles secure, preventing breakage.  Not only does this bag have all of the interior needs, it unfolds to hang on the fence so that all of your products are handy and at your fingertips.  You can also place ice packs in it to maintain a specific temperature.  There are zipper pockets that can hold syringes, needles, or any other of your needs for easy access.  This bag is a must-have for all equestrians whether you are on the road or at home.

No matter if you are riding, doing chores in the barn, or exercising the Phone Pack is the perfect addition to your storage needs.  It is the perfect place for your phone and other items you might need.  It is touchscreen compatible, complete with an adjustable waist strap and padded back with netting for breathability.  Don’t leave home without this convenient pack.

Be sure to check out www.equibrand.com to view entire line of organizational products available by Classic Equine.  Remember, an organized barn is a happy one!

For Contact:
Hannah Haugen
Public Relations Coordinator
hhaugen@equibrand.com


Life’s Not Always a Cinch: Choosing a Cinch Should Be

Life seems to pass by so quickly at times and our lives are always busy.  One thing though, that takes away life’s busyness and stress is riding horses.  No matter if you are riding on the trail, practicing at home, or competing, one thing that is constant is the 1,000 pound animal underneath us makes dreams come true for us all.  When life isn’t a cinch, tighten your cinch and ride your cares away.

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Classic Equine provides multiple styles of cinches made in various high quality materials to fit every horse owner’s need. 

Your cinch is a lifeline that holds your saddle in position so that you stay in a stable position ensuring your safety as well as your horse’s safety as you ride.  Whether you are trail riding or if you are competing in the arena, proper cinch fit is crucial to your safety and success.  Here are some tips to help you choose a proper fitting cinch for your equine companion:

Tip 1

When choosing the size of cinch you will need for your horse, you should measure from one heart girth/sweet spot (shown in the picture) under your horse’s belly to the opposing side.  The way to know if you have the chosen the correct size cinch is when the cinch is tight, the D’s should lay flat against the horse’s “sweet spot” on both sides.  If the cinch rides above or below this spot, it can cause discomfort and even soreness for your horse.

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This would be known as the “sweet spot”, an ideal placement for your cinch. 

Tip 2

Your horse needs some flexibility in the cinch when moving.  To achieve that flexibility or “give” as your horse moves, you should use a cinch and latigo combination that is conducive to this.  Leather is a natural fiber that has “give”, so leather latigos slightly expand and move with the horse as you ride.  This allows for a stable, secure fit, while still being comfortable for your horse.

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Classic Equine cinches are best paired with a leather latigo for adjust-ability and security!

 

Tip 3

Your cinch is one of the most important pieces of equipment you use each time you saddle up, so it is vital to use a cinch with a stainless steel hardware.  Stainless steel hardware is long-lasting, will not rust, corrode, or bind up which are all critical in the integrity and life of your cinch.  Classic Equine prides themselves in producing cinches that are made with stainless steel hardware to ensure you are getting the highest quality product possible.

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All Classic Equine cinches come made with high quality stainless steel hardware.

Following these tips will help ensure your horse is comfortable and safe as you ride.  Classic Equine is an industry leader in quality and reliability.  Be sure to check out the complete line of cinches at www.equibrand.com.

New Year…New Legacy

January is one of our favorite times of the year, it’s a time for new beginnings, new goals and resolutions, and for Classic Equine…..new products!

Our mission has always been to provide you and your horse the most innovative and technologically advanced products to best aid in training and competing. The Legacy System has been our best supportive and protective boot on the market, and we have revamped it to make it better than ever.

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The new Legacy2 in rich popular colors, including Cheetah

The new color-match binding offers a sleek look on your horse’s leg. We also made revisions to the patented cradle fetlock system by extending the Kevlar material to the base of the boot for increased durability and long-lasting protection. The Legacy2 closures are its most impressive feature, now flexible and offers a close improved fit, feel and application.

The Legacy2 uses Legacy’s original splint guard and rib for perfect alignment and aids in the prevention of crossfire and other injuries. The body is made of 100% virgin neoprene with maximum flexibility and is perforated to allow the leg to breathe and heat to escape. The bound edges help keep the boot close to your horse’s leg and keep the dirt and debris out.

 

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Hailey Kinsel and “Sister” in the 3rd round of the WNFR setting a new arena record with a 13.11 using the Legacy System leg protection. Photo by Impulse Photography

 

Last but not least, we have new styles! The classy, neutral tone Caribou is a new addition to the line and the ever so popular Cheetah has made its way as a permanent color. No more limited edition!

 

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2018 PRCA World Champion Team Ropers Erich Rogers and Cory Petska both compete using the Legacy System leg protection. Photo by Impulse Photography.

 

One thing you can always be reassured of…we have you and your horse in mind. The new Legacy2 can be found at Classic Equine dealers nationwide. For more information please visit www.classicequine.com. Cheers to 2018!