Alright… This is a post from the archives… Transferring didn’t go as planned so I decided to scrounge up my favorite reviews and those are pretty much all that made it. So Friday’s will be a blast from the past for a few weeks!
I am a huge Sore No More fan. Admittedly I had no clue that Equilite had been purchased by Arenus but bottom line it is still owned by what seems to be a great company that has great standards and seems to be very socially responsible. They even have a campaign called “Ride for a Green World” in an effort to recognize ways that we can be a more eco-friendly equestrian community. How cool is that?
I originally discovered Sore No-More at my local tack store The Hitching Post. Up until recently I had only tried their Gelotin Liniment and their Cooling Clay Poultice but I recently expanded my horizons and was not at all disappointed. Not like I needed any more excuses to buy horse stuff… Confessions of a Tack-Aholic.
Before I go into each product the main reason that I LOVE this line is that the ingredients are all natural. For any of you that have sensitive skin – you need this stuff. That said even if you do have skin that is as resilient as steel and can use normal liniment if your horse has sensitive skin they will thank you! I personally get a lot of comfort from the fact that if this product is safe for me to use on my own skin I won’t potentially be causing my horse some discomfort with a product that could cause irritation. But onto the nitty gritty…
Sore No-More Gelotin: This stuff is the bees knees. This was my first introduction to the Sore No More line and will probably always be my favorite. The scent of the Sore No-More products can take some getting used to but I am more than willing to trade the fresh minty scent of other liniments in order to avoid “feeling the burn” – and with that said it doesn’t smell bad it just smells different. After a hard work out this liniment is sure to alleviate muscle soreness. I typically apply it to all 4 legs, stifles, and the back area. (read: I am very generous with my application!) The only difference in this compared to the original formula is the addition of a natural thickener to help avoid any waste. I personally don’t think there is a better liniment gel out there.
Sore No-More Cooling Clay Poultice: Previously I had always used IceTight or something comparable because it is what was available but given my aforementioned love for my Sore No More Gelotin when I saw this at my local tack shop I had to buy some. I thankfully didn’t need it right away but when I did I felt like it was really effective. One day I noticed that Houston had some swelling and heat in his right front. I opted to apply this poultice with poultice paper and standing bandages. I noticed significant improvement the next morning. And the poultice washed of very easily. Normally the removal of the poultice and clean up are my least favorite part – and while still not fun it is a much easier process with this poultice then with others I have tried. One of the best things about this poultice is that due to the natural ingredients it is save to be applied without wraps. This allows me to apply the poultice up over Houston’s knees and not worry that he could poison himself if he attempted to lick or eat it. Additionally you can use this poultice as a hoof pack. I have never tried it for that purpose but that’s pretty handy! Wonder Poultice anyone?
Sore No-More Liniment Spray: This liniment spray is just as wonderful as the Sore No-More Gelotin (see above) but easier to apply. It also goes a bit further I think as with a mist you are covering a larger area. I really like this liniment for after a work out and if you are in a rush. I always like to rub my liniment in but if you are lacking time it is great that you can keep your hands clean and apply this with a simple spray. I have never tried other spray liniments so I don’t have a lot to compare this to but I personally think it is fantastic.
Sore No-More Massage Shampoo: Kill two birds with one stone and use this shampoo! If you have ever had an uber sweaty horse that needed a bath and a liniment rub down after a tough work out but were faced with limited time you will love this shampoo. It is not your usual shampoo consistency and can be easily wasted if you aren’t careful when applying but that is probably my only complaint. What makes it a pain during application makes it wonderful when you actually get to the “massage” part. I refer back to the main reason that I love this product – You can apply it without armor! No gloves needed because you won’t feel a burning sensation from this liniment – if anything you will also be benefited from the product. It smells nicer than the other liniments in the line which is nice, washes out easily, leaves no residue, and is sensitive skin approved. Bottom line: Your need this! 🙂
Sore No-More The Sauce: Of all of the products in this line this is the one that I am least familiar with and was the most skeptical of. That said I opted to use it first as a skin treatment for some funkiness that Hue has going on on his hind legs and minus the fact that it isn’t the easiest to apply due to the runny consistency I do think that it helped. I will have to report back on that at a later date. This stuff is advertised as good for: rain rot, scratches, skin fungus, thrush, abscesses and a variety of other skin and hoof conditions. I will certainly be giving it a try the next time hue has any thrush or if we have an abscess to tackle.
Sore No-More Sports Salve: This is one of the Sore No-More products that I can see using regularly on myself! This stuff is advertised as a jack of all trades which is pretty awesome. It is nice to find a product that can help with a lot of things! I personally used this on my own hands as a moisturizer and LOVE it. Initially it does have an herbal aroma but it is not offensive and doesn’t linger. For Houston I applied it to a few scratches that he had that were a little inflamed and the next day they looked much better. I wouldn’t hesitate to use this in the future for any small scraps or abrasions. I am especially interested in trying it out on his hooves.
Now that you have read my fan girl post about Sore No-More head out to your local tack shop – or buy some from the comfort of your home, SmartPak sells it 😉 Your horse will thank you!
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