Top Grooming Tips; Featuring Advice from Cowboy Magic Products!

We proudly stock Cowboy Magic products from American brand-leaders, Straight Arrow. 

Here are our Cowboy Magic product tips, for customers:

Cowboy Magic Concentrated Detangler & Shine 

Problem: Horse’s mane and tail are knotted, tangled, and could use some extra shine
Solution: Apply a 20p sized drop of Cowboy Magic Concentrated Detangler & Shine into the palm of your hands. Start by rubbing hands together and working the product throughout the mane and tail. It instantly removes knots and tangles allowing your pick, comb, or brush to glide right through while providing a luxurious, long-lasting shine. The amount used will vary, given the length and thickness of the mane and tail.

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Cowboy Magic Shine In Yellowout

Problem: Dull, stained coats, manes, and tails of all colors – especially whites and greys.
Solution: Brush off excess dirt and wet down your horse. For really tough stains you can use the Cowboy Magic Greenspot Remover for spot treatment prior to using the whitening shampoo. Apply the Shine In Yellowout Shampoo directly onto the hair. Massage in the shampoo until the purplish-blue lather turns white; leave the product on for a few minutes for best results. Rinse and prepare to be dazzled. This shampoo does not contain bleaches or peroxides, leaving the hair soft and manageable.

*Bonus Tip: Stop your gray hair from turning yellow with Shine In Yellowout. Perfect for all colour-treated hair. Remember anti-yellowing shampoos developed for the personal care market, this works the same ‘magic’ those do!

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Cowboy Magic Super Bodyshine

Problem: You need your horse to shine in the spotlight

Solution: Spray Cowboy Magic Super Bodyshine directly onto your horse’s coat, mane, and tail (do not spray where saddle is placed) and use a grooming brush to buff out the coat to achieve the ultimate glossy shine! Not only will this finishing spray condition the hair and help to repel show ring dust and dirt, but your horse will catch the attention of all!

*Bonus Tip: Spraying Super Bodyshine in advance directly to coats, manes and tails, pre-trail riding provides a barrier to repel mud and burrs to help facilitate a faster and easier clean up.

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We proudly stock Cowboy Magic products from American brand-leaders, Straight Arrow.

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Here are our Cowboy Magic product tips, for customers:

Cowboy Magic Rosewater Shampoo

Problem: Horse’s coat, mane, and tail are dirty and could smell better too.
Solution: Apply Cowboy Magic Rosewater Shampoo directly onto a wet coat, mane, and tail with a sponge and massage into a rich lather. If you’re looking for a more economical use, dilute the shampoo into a bucket of water before grooming. Now your horse is looking good! 

Cowboy Magic Rosewater Conditioner
Problem: Dry and dull, lifeless coat, mane, and tail
Solution: Apply Cowboy Magic Rosewater Conditioner to clean, wet hair. Massage and work it through the full length of the mane and tail, leave in for a few minutes then rinse. Leave a bit of conditioner in the mane and tail for extra conditioning, strengthening, and volume.

*Bonus Tip: Don’t neglect your own hair, use this in conjunction with Rosewater Shampoo for yourself. Rosewater Conditioner helps with detangling, and promotes a healthy look and feel to the hair.

Cowboy Magic Greenspot Remover

Problem: Tough stains on your horse’s coat

Solution: After brushing off excess dirt, apply Cowboy Magic Greenspot Remover directly onto the stained area of your horse’s coat. Massage in product thoroughly. This spray-on, “shower in a bottle,” can be used to spot treat, or save time. It may also be used as a quick waterless shampoo when it is too cold for a full bath. Can be wiped off with a damp towel or rinsed.

*Bonus Tip: “Shower in a bottle” is great for people, too! Also great for dogs who love to roll in the grass, dirt, and manure – perfect stain remover!

 

Dazzling Grooming Range Joins Stable of Leading Equine Haircare Brands Here at World Wide Tack!

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World Wide Tack is now the exclusive distributor of the Mane ’n Tail equine grooming range in the UK and Ireland. Mane ’n Tail is the flagship brand of the American company Straight Arrow Products Inc, which manufactures equine and human hair and skincare products.

Stephen Biddlecombe, Director of Equine Management and World Wide Tack, is highly regarded for his knowledge of the international equine grooming products market, and is thrilled at the new distribution agreement. “Mane ‘n Tail joins a ‘stable’ of leading brands available from us that includes Cowboy Magic, Absorbine, Quic and more! Mane ‘n Tail is renowned worldwide as a healthy, skin-friendly grooming range that provides proven results. It also includes finishing, first aid and treatment products,” says Stephen of the range, which boasts shampoo, conditioner and detangler as its top-sellers, and is even loved by Hollywood stars that use it on their own flowing tresses. “We look forward to working with UK retailers to meet their customers’ exacting needs for equine grooming products.”

Straight Arrow Products Inc President, Devon Katzev, adds that the products really work. “They make grooming easier, horses healthier and their owners happier.”

Mane n’ Tail will be available to purchase from World Wide Tack soon!

All About Flair Nasal Strips; Available from World Wide Tack

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Many equestrians will have seen the use of Flair Strips in a variety of disciplines. Common in the Eventing world the Flair Strips are veterinarian-developed self-adhesive strips that promote optimum respiratory health of equine athletes at every level of competition. The clever strips reduce airway resistance and improve airflow when your horse needs oxygen most! 

Flair Strips can provide benefits for all horses, including both those competing at top level and leisure horses exerting themselves during occasional weekend competitions or fun, fast hacks!

Let’s take a look at the science behind it! 

Unlike humans, horses can only breathe through their nose.

During exercise when horses begin to breathe hard, the soft tissues overlying the nasal passages are sucked in, reducing the airway diameter. This reduction in diameter causes resistance to airflow into the lungs. The resistance in the nasal passages also causes increased negative pressures within the lung, subjecting the fragile capillary membranes deep in the lungs to the risk of leakage or rupture.

Flair Strips gently support the soft tissues over the nasal passages, the narrowest part of the upper airway, so horses breathe easier and perform at their best.

 Flair Strips were developed by a team of veterinarians interested in protecting the respiratory health of hard-working horses.

The introduction of Flair Strips in 1999 created awareness that supporting the nasal passages could improve horses’ breathing and respiratory health. Significant University and private clinical research has shown that supporting the nasal passages improves air flow, allowing horses to breathe easier and resulting in:

  • reduced fatigue
  • quickened recovery
  • reduced bleeding

Flair Strips are a drug-free, simple, cost effective tool for supporting the long-term respiratory health of all equine athletes that perform, in both training and competition!

Flair Strips are available to purchase from World Wide Tack. Click here to visit the website and purchase this innovative, beneficial product today!

Spruce up for Spring!

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Many horse owners are now turning their attention to equine grooming, and giving their equine partner a spruce-up for spring. This important equestrian management task not only ensures your four-legged partners are looking good, but also that their skin and coat remains in optimum condition, especially important after a wet and muddy winter.

Thorough grooming on a regular basis offers care and maintenance of the skin and coat and allows the horse to remain both clean and healthy, preventing the build up of dirt and bacteria in the coat, and limiting the risk of the owner missing skin conditions.

Here are our top tips for grooming-

Pick the feet out daily and always brush the horse off to remove dirt and debris prior to tacking up; use this opportunity to check for sores and skin issues.

Spring time is an excellent time for a bath. When bathing, we advise that using ‘horse friendly’ products to protect a healthy skin pH is crucial.

Dark coats often fade or bleach in the bright spring sunlight; hair cuticles may become damaged, causing a rough feel and a frizzy, tangled mess. So, we suggest providing plenty of shade in the field. Sweat in the coat accelerates fade, so rinse a sweaty horse before allowing him to bask in the sunshine. Products such as QUIC Screen Coat Sunscreen are revolutionary in avoiding this problem! QUIC Screen boasts zero coat fade for eight or more days. In tests, hair that wasn’t protected by QUIC Screen that was exposed to UVB was dry, weakened, and faded.

The bathing process can sometimes dry out the coat, so we advocate using an equine coat conditioner such as QUIC Condition. The intense protein after-shampoo renewal formula from QUIC rejuvenates and detangles just-cleansed hair with superb, rehydrating conditioner.

For the horses that have stray hairs that are a nuisance when plaiting, we like QUIC Braid’s ‘Mane and tail control spray’ which adds perfect grip to hair when wet and dries to soft, natural feel – it combs out or simply evaporates within days.

Alongside regular grooming with top quality products, remember it is essential to provide a balanced diet containing high levels of fibre and the required levels of carbohydrate, protein, fat and vitamins and minerals including Omega-3 fatty acid, to provide optimum skin and coat health!

To find out more about the grooming products available to purchase, including the Quic Range, visit the website www.worldwidetack.com.

 

Rider Q & A on Bitting; T Bar Bits.

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Recent edition of Polo Time Magazine saw bitting expert Stephen Biddlecombe, a retailer of widely acclaimed Bombers Bits and proprietor of World Wide Tack, answer a reader question on bitting.  To read the full article- pick up a copy of the magazine today!

Reader Question

  1. I have seen a few people using T-bar Bits – can you explain what they are, how they function and what the benefits of the T-Bar are? 

Stephen’s Answer

The T-Bar was developed by Bomber Nel especially for Polo. The T-Bar Bits are designed to have a similar affect as a traditional Fulmer, preventing pinching on the sides of the mouth and averting the bit from being pulled through the mouth, however fast and furious the game becomes.

The pins of the T-Bars are shorter than the classic Fulmer design (also widely available and used with varying mouthpieces) and are often used with young, green horses.  The T-Bar helps direct and guide the horse in the direction the bit is facing via it’s shortened pins above and below the bit; it acts simply in a subtle way, which is great for schooling and training. The T-Bar Bits from Bombers have a loose ring fitting, which allows for immediate release when required.

Offered with a variety of different mouthpieces such as the Buster Roller, Colin Miles, Big Ring, 3 Ring Gag, Elliptical and many more, the T-Bar Cheekpiece is ideal for those horses that are sensitive to any pinching from the bit, or suffer rubs and sores from the bit. In addition, for equines which can be fussy in the mouth, the T-Bar can offer a solution, as it helps to keep the bit stiller in the mouth during ridden work.

The T-Bar design is also useful for those horses that are strong or inclined to nap, as it offers riders an additional directional tool, helping horses and ponies to focus on the game, as well as ensuring the bit doesn’t slip in the mouth at crucial moments when a strong rein aid is needed.

Bombers Bits include hundreds of off the shelf bitting solutions, and customers can even design their own bespoke bit from a selection of mouth pieces, cheek pieces and widths, using a ‘design your own bit’ service. Bombers bits are made from blue sweet iron – the metal oxidises easily, creating a warm, sweet taste in the horse’s mouth. This encourages the horse to salivate.

To find out more about the wide range of Bombers Bits, including the T-Bar why not visit our website at www.worldwidetack.com.

 

Perfect Plaiting!

With show season on the horizon for many after the bleakest part of the winter is finally over, rider’s attention has been turned to sprucing up for show-time and that means plaiting! So in our latest blog World Wide Tack takes a look at plaiting with some top tips!

In yesteryear tradition dictated that horses and ponies should have either seven or nine plaits along the neck and one for the forelock but these days riders can choose however many suit the horse. It is important to strike a balance however as umpteen tiny plaits can look a little fussy and too few thick plaits ones tend to resemble a row of golf balls!

As well as ensuring you look smart in whatever discipline you are taking part in clever plaiting can also minimise some of your equine’s weak points. If he has a weak or underdeveloped neck, setting the plaits on top of his neck can give an illusion of bulk. Whereas if your equine’s neck is heavy it can look better to set them to the side. A horse who is slightly short in the neck will look better with a larger number of plaits. On the other hand, if his neck is too long, using fewer plaits will make his neck look more in proportion.

 

 

 

World Wide Tack’s Top Plaiting Tips

1.) If you want your plaits to stay put, do them as late as possible. Providing your horse is settled prior to competing and you have ample time it can sometimes be wise to wait until the morning or even reaching the show to plait up. If you’re plaiting up the night before put a hood or neck cover on your horse to avoid the risk of the horse rubbing them out or getting bits of bedding stuck to it.

2.) If you can master it sewn plaits are neatest and strongest. If you are currently using bands, why not ask someone who knows how to sew plaits to show you how to correctly sew plaits?

3.) Washing the mane and tail just before plaiting can make things more difficult, as the hair will be more flyaway and harder to manage. Wash the mane and tail (if you wish) a few days before plaiting and use Quic Braid– available from World Wide Tack . The mane and tail control spray offers perfect grip to hair when wet whilst not slick like hair gel or sticky like hair spray. Quick Braid offers super-tight braids and fewer stray hairs. The easy to use spray dries shot and combs out easily providing a must-have plaiting tool!

4.) Section off the mane before you begin, to make sure all of the plaits are the same size and that you don’t have a stray tuft of hair left at the end! If your horse’s mane has been rubbed by rugs this winter you may need to pull your horse’s mane or cut it using a solo comb before plaiting up.

5.) Plaiting itself will not damage the hair, but be careful when you remove the plaits. Unpick the threads or cut the bands out carefully to avoid a choppy or wispy mane post competition!

To find out more about Quic Braid the must-have plaiting tool visit the website http://www.worldwidetack.com!

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