1. What makes the Muckitch line of Grooming Products Unique?
Our Products benefit the “whole” Horse with the use of Organic Essential Oils. Muckitch Products go beyond the actual call of typical grooming products. They address the exterior, while maintaining and promoting the physical and psychological well being for both horse and rider.
2. What are Essential Oils?
Essential oil are the subtle, aromatic and volatile liquids extracted from the flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark and roots of herbs, bushes, shrubs, and trees, through distillation. As an essential Oil the plant's extracts are approximately 75-100 times more concentrated than in the dried plant. Essential Oils are highly aromatic and therefore, many of the benefits can be obtained by simply inhaling them.
3. Why use “Organic” Essential Oils and Herbs?
We love horses and where they roam. Any and all safe guards are always a plus. Organic farms tend to conserve energy and protect the environment by maintaining ecological harmony. The length of time that the soil is exposed to erosive forces is decreased, which minimizes nutrient losses and boosts soil productivity. By not using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, organic agriculture reduces pollution of groundwater. Organic agriculture helps to minimize the greenhouse effect and global warming through its ability to sequester carbon in the soil.
4. What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of pure essential and absolute oils. It is a healing art based in nature, and it affects the whole being--mind, body, and spirit.
5. How do You and your Horses benefit from Essential Oils?
Essential Oils contain oxygenating molecules, which transport nutrients to the cells of the body. These molecules can help the body receive and assimilate nutrients to maintain health, enhance your immune system and delight the senses.
6. What is Muck-itch?
Muck-itch is one of the most common skin disorders found in horses throughout the country. It occurs when a bacterium called Dermatophilus congolensis is present. It is caused from prolonged rainfall resulting in a damp environment, muddy conditions, morning dew along with increased humidity and high temperatures. Under normal conditions, a horse’s external layer of skin provides a protective barrier from bacteria invasion. But when a horse’s skin remains wet for long periods of time, the skins normal defense mechanisms weakens and Muck-itch occurs. Horses are very sore and sensitive in these areas. This can also be known as Rain Scald, Dew Poisoning, Mud Fever, Scratches, Mud Rash, Cracked Heels or Rain Rot.
7. What does it look like?
Their skin becomes crusty and scaly. Trauma or skin abrasions then permit infection, and dermatophilus lesions appear as crusts or scabs. These lesions vary in appearance from large matted plaque-like areas on horses with long coats, to smaller more numerous bumps in horses with shorter coats. Most often scabs are found over the horse’s back and rump, but they can also show up on the skin on the front and back of the cannon bones. Under the scab is a thin layer of pus that varies from pink to gray in all effected areas.
8. Is it contagious?
YES! Brushes and blankets need to be disinfected to prevent re-infected your horse or others. Wash brushes in a bucket with Healing Lather Medicated Shampoo. Allow them to dry completely before use.
9. How can it be prevented?
Proper stable hygiene is important. Some horse will always be more susceptible to Muck-itch than others. Insect bites are often a contributing factor, therefore a fly spray is recommended. Buzz Off Fly spray contains oil that creates a barrier aiding in the prevention of Muck-itch, it is also powerful protector of the skin’s immune system. Buzz Off Fly Spray is coming soon!
10. What is the treatment?
Muck-itch Skin Saver. It is an inexpensive treatment that conditions the skin as it heals the horse and encourages rapid hair growth. It will not bleach the hair and continues to work for 24 hours. It is painless and results are seen within two days. Muck-itch Skin Saver has a pleasant smell and is extremely easy to use.