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.
When you tend to be slightly clumsy like me, it is always a good idea to have keep some first aid supplies on hand. It’s not like I’m accident prone or anything … just a little awkward sometimes. I mean, how else does one fall up a set of stairs? But that only happened once. OK, OK, maybe twice.
As something who occasionally trips or runs into things, cuts, abrasions and bruises come along with the territory. So for me, it’s a good idea to chuck a little tube of triple antibiotic ointment, along with a few Band-aids in various sizes, in my purse to tote along with me wherever my day may take me.
And if you think that my first aid kit at home is pretty all-encompassing for different kinds of injuries, you should see my first aid kit for the barn. I try to keep everything on hand that I might need in case of an injury, or even an emergency type situation.
When it comes to horses, you really never know what you might end up needing in terms of medical supplies. I can say from firsthand experience that it helps to have things on hand for when you need them. Because generally, there isn’t necessarily time to run out to the feed store for first aid supplies when you needed them five minutes ago.
Generally, my first aid kit for the barn includes your basics: vet wrap, gauze pads, hoof poultice, a thermometer, an aerosol bandage spray, and some type of wound cleanser. I’d say the most commonly used items are the wound cleanser, gauze pads and aerosol bandage spray for sure, since my boys tend to roughhouse and get into a bit of mischief during turnout.
A first aid product that I was pretty excited to learn about is one that made its debut just this year: Wound Care+ which is manufactured exclusively for Noble Outfitters by Synbiont. Wound Care+ is meant to be applied topically in order to treat and clean wounds and other issues of the skin.
So what else does Wound Care+ treat? In addition to cuts and scrapes, it is also labeled to treat skin abrasions, post-surgical sites, staph, rashes, ring worm, rain rot, mange, cinch fungus and scratches. The veterinary recommended formula has been patented, and it is meant to improve wound cleanliness and enhance recovery time.
When I was learning more about Wound Care+, some of the features really jumped out at me. Firstly, I like the fact that it is food grade safe … meaning it is safe if ingested. It is also safe to use around a horse’s eyes, ears, nose and mouth. I also like that Wound Care+ is made so that it will not lose its efficacy if it freezes, and that it also does not have any shelf life restrictions.
Wound Care+ is also compatible with other wound treatments, antibiotics and healing ointments, so I don’t have to worry about using it in combination with other products. Also of utmost importance is the fact that it will test free when used on horses in competition. But one of the features that I … or rather, my horses … like the most, is that Wound Care+ does not sting when it is applied.
I tried out Wound Care+ when my young gelding Roo got his legs all scraped up during a stressful situation. While I cringed when I saw the skin abrasions, I was happy to have the Wound Care+ on hand.
When I went to use the Wound Care+ on Roo’s legs, I first made sure to remove all debris from around the abrasions. Then, I took the bottle of Wound Care+ spray and liberally sprayed it directly on the affected area of his legs once per day. Though the spray can be diluted by mixing at a 50/50 ratio with water for use with sensitive skin, I used the spray at its regular strength with Roo. It was also so great to see Roo not react when I applied Wound Care+, since it did not sting him.
And the results that I saw were very good to see. I was happy to see Roo’s abrasions scab up within the week following their occurrence. I continued the daily spraying of the affected area until the scabs developed, and then discontinued. After the scabs came off, the abrasions followed what their usual healing process would be: the hair regrew, and now I can’t tell where the abrasions were.
The spray application of the Wound Care+ was easy to use, and even with daily use, I did not notice the levels in the bottles going down fast. The spray bottles are available in either 4 or 8 ounce sizes, both of which are easy to use without being cumbersome in my hand. Plus, they are sized to fit nicely in my grooming tote.
Wound Care+ is available from Noble Outfitters in a large animal formula (for horses) in either a 4 ounce spray bottle that retails for $14.99, an 8 ounce spray bottle that retails for $19.99, or a 5 ounce foam that retails for 16.99. This product is also available for small animals like dogs and cats as well. You can find the entire line of Wound Care+ products here.
Go Wound Care. Go Noble Outfitters. Go Eventing.