Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Many Expressions of Elvis

Elvis is a friend's horse that I care for sometimes when she's busy. He's a character, to say the least.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Horse [Box] of course!

Horses + subscription boxes? Be still my heart! But it's true, A Horse Box is a monthly subscription box that sends out fun goodies for horse and rider.

Cost: A six month subscription is $25.99/month, a three month is $27.99/month, and the monthly subscription costs $29.99/month.

Product: 4-6 products with a total value of $35-$100 from both small businesses and large companies.

*Note: I received this box for free. Not intentionally for review, but randomly selected because of a funny story I told on their social media about one of my horses. All opinions are my own*

The February Horse Box theme was well-loved favorites and included a good selection for pampering your horse and tack.

Horse Health Products Leather Cleaner & Conditioner (Large sample size, full 15oz size is around $8, so this is maybe valued at $2 or so? It is a generous size sample): I'm always game for new leather cleaning products, especially single-step ones that don't require an additional conditioner!

Banixx Wound Care (Two 2oz spray bottles, $3 value oops AHB corrected me, these bottles retail for $4 a piece, giving this pack an $8 value!): If you have pets and haven't heard of Banixx, go get some! I adore this stuff. It is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal spray that is odorless, non-staining, and free of antibiotics and steroids. You can use it on dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, cattle, horses, etc etc...  I can vouch for it being non-irritating, as I have sprayed it on one of my own open cuts to make sure it didn't sting. AND it is made in the USA!

Farnam Slick 'n Easy Grooming Block ($3.95): This is perfect timing! Our horses have already started shedding out in NC and this simple fiberglass brick is a classic for helping that along. It catches loose hair and makes the spring shed a little less painful to deal with. I intend to attack Big Mike with this tomorrow.

Big Mike takes a little siesta
Farnam Laser Sheen Volume-Enhancing Detangler (12oz bottle, $12.95): Anyone who has worked with horses knows how tangled their tails can get. You can use this detangler straight up & applied with hands or dilute it in water & dunk their tail in the bucket. It also contains sunscreen, so it will help prevent dark colored manes and tails from fading in the summer!

HylaLUBE supplement (1 pint/16 day supply for a horse, approx $12.50 value): HylaLUBE is an apple flavored hyaluronic acid supplement designed to support healthy joints. My mother, who used to own a tack shop, has heard good things about it. I would say it is one of the more affordable hyaluronic acid supplements on the market with a high concentration of HA per oz. You can also give this to dogs (dosing directions for canines are on the bottle, too). Horse Box also included a coupon for a $10 mail-in rebate on a purchase of a gallon of HylaLUBE (Non-horsey people: mail-in rebates and buying by the gallon aren't uncommon in the horse world, so my reaction was more "oh cool!" than "eww tacky" like if I got something similar in a makeup subscription box).

Cowgirl's Kitchen Cassino's Kisses treats (2 cookies, $2 value): Aren't these horse treats just the cutest thing ever!? They're made from a molasses & flax base and topped with a sugar heart. Perfect for Valentine's day, and Big Make gives his firm approval on the taste.

Cutest horse treats ever.
Unless I math'd wrong (I majored in humanities and social science...), the products add up to a value of approximately $36.50 $41.50, not including the $10 mail-in rebate if I decide to buy a gallon of HylaLUBE. I'd definitely say that A Horse Box delivers a good box. They included some useful staple items alongside new things that I haven't tried yet. I can see the potential for some boxes falling flat with some horse owners, but that is the usual risk of a subscription box service!