From Endurance to Dressage
It's not often that I buy a "goop" and like it well enough to buy it again. Zephyr's Garden Skin Rescue Emollient Salve has proven to be so effective at treating rubs, scrapes, and itchy spots that I bought a new a few weeks ago.
Izzy's skin suffers every summer. He gets so itchy that he rubs vigorously enough that he creates tears in his skin. I have tried the pharmaceutical route, prednisolone, but that did not cut the itchiness. I also feed milled flaxseed and rice bran to add fats and oils to his diet. I can't say conclusively that they help, but they certainly aren't hurting him. I also roached his mane which did stop him from itching that area.
I know that hosing him off every day does help. If he gets sweaty and the sweat isn't rinsed off, I know for sure that makes him itchy. I don't know whether his itchiness is from sweat or bugs, so I've tried a shotgun approach: diet, topicals, and fly barriers/sprays.
Zephyr's is a salve that feels like lip balm. Its ingredients include pure olive oil infused with a variety of leaves such as Comfrey Leaf and Calendula Flower. It also contains beeswax, Lavender Essential Oil, and Tea Tree Essential Oil. These are all ingredients that I would use on my own skin, and I have used this on myself. It has a pleasant, clean smell, and the texture is creamy without being overly oily.
The first jar I purchased, which is now empty, lasted for several years. I use it on Izzy's face, his body, and even under his tail where he rubs himself raw. The salve doesn't prevent the rubs from occurring, but it does help to soothe the raw skin which allows it to heal.
Fortunately, we are on the back side of summer which means our mornings will eventually cool off as will our hot afternoons. Fall better get here soon, or Izzy won't have any skin left.
Either that, or I'll need to buy another jar of Zephyr's!
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
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Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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