Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.
There are a lot of things that I love about fall, but the imminent return of the muddy season is definitely not one of them. Here in good ‘ol Pennsylvania, paddocks become a place to “go mudding.” While I wouldn’t consider myself to be especially prissy, I just get tired of walking around in a sloppy mess all of the time. And sliding. And falling.
Many days, I just cringe when I look at my horses — squishing and sliding around in the giant mud pit that is my paddock. As I stare at them, I imagine myself Jedi-mind tricking them into wandering out into the (slightly) less muddy pasture.
These are the days that I resign myself to wearing muck boots that look eternally brown. And I take my place on the front lines of the neverending battle to keep my horses’ legs clean. Because funky stuff always seems to happen on mud-caked legs.
Even though we’ve been lucky to have pretty dry conditions this season (thus far), Ripley’s still been experiencing some “skin funk.” Yup, poor Ripley — he seems to have developed what appears to be a bit of rain rot on the front sides of his hind legs.
To treat Ripley’s oh-so lovely skin funk, I’ve been using Fungasol products from Absorbine. Fungasol is a complete system of products, which is available in shampoo, spray and ointment forms. Each of the three forms can be used topically on your horse in order to clean, treat and protect them from fungal and bacterial skin conditions.
Fungasol contains Biopolysan booster, which has been derived from coconuts. The Biopolysan is actually a patented technology, which has been shown to increase the effectiveness of Fungasol products. Also included in the formula is soothing tea tree oil, which gives all of the products a light & lovely menthol-esque scent to them. Pleasant, but not overpowering.
The Fungasol system can be used to treat horses with rain rot, scratches, girth itch and/or tail rubbing, which are definitely some issues that tend to want to crop up during our lovely muddy season!
I’ve been treating Ripley by using Fungasol in each of its three forms. First, I started out by using the shampoo form. I began by getting Ripley’s legs wet, and then simply followed the instructions on the bottle. I squeezed some of the shampoo out onto a wet sponge, and then lathered up the affected area. After leaving it sit for 20 minutes, I thoroughly rinsed the shampoo off of Ripley’s leg.
Then, I moved on to applying the Fungasol spray to the affected area. The spray bottle was easy to use, and I generously spritzed it on Ripley’s legs. Fungasol spray is recommended to be applied once per day until the skin condition clears up.
Since the initial time when I used the Fungasol shampoo and spray on Ripley’s leg, I’ve been using a combination of the spray and ointment to continue treatment. Fungasol ointment comes in a handy canister, and it is easy to apply — I just applied a generous coating to the affected area.
Another great thing — after only a single hand washing, my hands felt clean, without any sticky leftover film from using the ointment. The ointment form of Fungasol is recommended to be used twice daily on and around the affected area.
After just a few days, the area on Ripley’s legs started to look much better than they did prior to using Fungasol. I continued treatment until the skin funk looked at though it was gone! And before I forget to mention, Fungasol is MADE IN THE USA (which I always love to see)!
The Fungasol system of products from Absorbine is available in a 20 fl. oz. shampoo, which retails for around $13.95; a 22 fl. oz. spray bottle, which retails for around $17.95; and a 13oz. ointment, which retails for around$14.95.
Go Healthy & Funk-Free Skin. Go Absorbine. Go Eventing.