Here's a quick look at some handy items that any horseman could put to use. These items have not been tested by the Western Horseman staff. These are simply press releases about new items on the market.

ImageCashel Company’s Crusader Fly Mask offers fly protection without the use of toxic sprays.

The mask features a form-fitting cap made of soft micro-mesh and a patented forelock hole that keeps hair out of the horse’s eyes. In addition, the mask includes a double dart around the eye area that keeps mesh away from the temples, eyes and eyelashes. According to a press release, the vinyl-coated polyester mesh blocks 70 percent of the sun’s UV rays.

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ImageLoad-Up is taking the work out of one common chore by making it easier to load hay bales on the top of a horse trailer.

Load-Up is a self-contained bale loader that fits permanently inside a trailer’s hayrack and folds flat for transport. It has a wired or wireless remote control to use from the ground and is capable of lifting 250 pounds. The lift can be used to load two to three bales at a time. Other items, such as roof-mounted storage containers, can also be loaded with the device.

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ImageChanging a flat tire on a tandem-axle trailer should now be much simpler thanks to Valley’s Rocker Jack.

According to the company, the jack’s unique rocker shape allows an operator to drive his or her trailer onto the jack to elevate the corresponding tire. Featuring all-steel construction and a ribbed surface for maximum tire grip, the jack is rated for a total load capacity of 20,000 pounds. The jack can also function as a wheel chock.

To purchase this product, please visit your local auto parts store.


ImageTraditional styling and certified helmet technology combine in Troxel’s Western Hat helmet.

The ASTM/SEI-certified helmet features a four-inch shapeable brim and 3⁄8-inch felt hatband. The hat comes standard in 2X black felt and is available in sizes 6½ to 71⁄8. The Western Hat helmet is the latest addition to Troxel’s line of Western helmets, which includes the Western-styled Cheyenne and all-around Sierra.

To learn more, call (800) 288-4280, or visit  

ImageThe Stablers line of SMART Rotary Manure Spreaders now offers spreaders with capacities ranging from 46 to 102 cubic feet.

The new models feature expanded five- or six-foot openings that accommodate front-end loaders for ease of use in cleaning stockpiles of manure. The spreader’s weighted, hard-rubber blade rotates to break the contents into fine pieces—which eliminates the need for follow-up dragging or tilling.

To learn more, call (877) 695-8582, or visit


ImageTeam ropers and calf ropers alike will want to take Frontier Western Shop’s 20X Roper for a test drive.

Designed with a Bowden Ritter tree for either team roping or tie-down roping, the saddle features double-layered and stitched No. 1 Wicket and Craig leather to add strength and keep shape on the fenders, jockeys, cinch catchers and keepers. A variety of tooling options and seat styles are available to fit each individual’s needs.

For more information, call (800) 661-7939, or visit

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