There are a ton of really awesome, really expensive equestrian products out there. They are usually beautiful and made more beautiful with monograming and bejazzling and all other sorts of fun things.
On the flip side, there are the unsung heroes of my tack trunk. Here are my favorite products for under $5 that I use on an almost daily basis.
Menthol Rubbing Alcohol
This has many uses. You know when you’re a really gross head sweat’er who lives in Texas and your helmet stays wet for two days? Spraying this bad boy inside it will zap that moisture away. Plus it gives it a nice minty smell. Also, when Simon got really sick the vet told me to give him alcohol baths to bring his fever down. You bet I keep an extra bottle of rubbing alcohol on me now in case of emergency. Cost: $1 from the Dollar Store
Small Rubber Curry Comb
It’s not shaped like a flower or fun colored, but this is my favorite brush hands down. I have little hands, so I hate big curries. A lot of people have remarked how Simon looks very shiny lately, and that is 100% due to this simple brush. I just curry and curry, and then go over him with a soft brush before riding. Cost: $1.95 each at Online Equine Supplies
Hand towels are life. Remember Douglas Adams’ advice about time traveling? Well, the hand towel is the equine groom version of that. Warmth and moisture breeds fungus and skin problems, so whenever I wash off Simon’s face I try to thoroughly dry it with a hand towel. They are also great for wiping down bits, boots, whatever! Mine are fancy because my mom is awesome and monogrammed them for me, but you can pick up a nice thick handtowel for under $5 at Target. Cost: Varies
Off Brand Baby Shampoo
Remember how I mentioned washing Simon’s face? When he sweats in the summer, his hair falls out on the sweat spots if I don’t wash his face after every ride. This shampoo is gentle on his skin and doesn’t sting his eyes. Cost: $1 at the Dollar Store
Plastic Sweat Scraper
My last favorite cheapy is literally the only sweat scraper I’ve ever bought. Since it’s so cheap and I wrote ‘UPTON’ on it with a Sharpie a million years ago, it’s therefore impossible to lose. I’ve tried the curvy sweat scrapers and the fancy ones with rubber grips and metal ones but really… this is my favorite. It gets the most water off and is impossible to break (or lose I guess). Cost: $1.95 at SmartPak
What is your favorite cheap product under $5?