A new must-have for every barn.
With each passing season, it’s a harsh reality that we seem to be facing more extreme weather than ever: From flooding in the south to wildfires in California and Canada to crippling blizzards all winter long, we too often read about horse owners forced to make tough decisions to turn their horses loose and leave them behind as they evacuate dangerous conditions. While it’s a decision none of us ever want to make, it’s also true that sometimes to preserve human lives we must make such decisions in a split second.
Sometimes we’re given enough time to write our phone number on a horse’s hoof or tape it to his back or perhaps add a nametag and contact information to his halter — but halters can snag, conditions can wipe away paint or marker and sometimes there’s simply not enough time. Enter the ManeStay (patent pending), developed by Sierra View Ranch to help horse owners attach emergency information to a horse safely and quickly.
The ManeStay is essentially a waterproof, durable tag with a “hook.” The user presses a plunger to expose the hook and then pushes a lock of mane hair into the hook before releasing the plunger; the mane is drawn into the ManeStay and the unit stays firmly “locked” onto the mane. The ManeStay is bright yellow, so it can be easily spotted by rescue personnel or property owners.
The tag unfolds to reveal an information card: with a ballpoint pen or ultrafine permanent marker, the owner can include the horse’s name, owner’s name, emergency contact numbers, veterinary information and also mark if the horse is microchipped — this last feature can save lots of time by rescue personnel. The tag closes with Velcro so it can stay protected and private until needed. The ManeStay’s unique design allows a horse to be turned loose without a halter, which could snag on debris or fall off.
The ManeStay is patent pending; to learn more about this unique tool, please visit iceproducts.net. The ManeStay retails for just $20 and should become a must-have item for every horse owner.
We’ll be reviewing the ManeStay in coming weeks — keep it locked on Horse Nation for our firsthand look at how this product works! Go riding!