Above Level Product Reviews*

It’s that time of year again where Above Level is experiencing the typical off-season slouch.  But have no fear, I had a glimmer of inspiration today.

Is there some horsey product out there that you suspect could be useful but you’re having a hard time justifying spending money on it right now?  Perhaps you saw some crazy gadget on your last pass through your local tack shop or catalog that seems too good to be true, or too senseless to be useful.  Well Above Level is coming to your rescue.  Suggest items in the comments here and your item may be selected for an Above Level product review.  I’ll purchase the product (please don’t bust my budget), use it at least once and report here on what I think of it.  If it’s something that could be “regifted” I may even do a giveaway when I’m finished.

Comment on this thread (directions on where the item can be purchased appreciated) with suggestions.  Hopefully I end up with multiple items that I can review over the next few months.

*Items that will cause any form of humiliation or potential injury on my part will not be considered for review.  It also may be helpful for you to keep in mind that I’m in no way an equine professional or expert and my horses are kept on pasture, so I may not be able to do much more than a tactile review of some items.

8 Responses to Above Level Product Reviews*

  1. Vintage_Rider says:

    Okay, this WOULD break your budget, but I was curious if anyone has purchased and used those “portable” water heaters that run off of propane and instantly create hot water for bathing. Not only do I have horses but MONSTER dogs that make the typical bathtub not feasible. They are quite tempting!

  2. ChillyOne says:

    I’ve got the electric model – since you can’t be too far from a water source I figured may as well have electric and avoid the whole lugging around an LP tank thing. Works amazingly well, comes up to temp in just a few minutes. Mine is almost 10 years old and still going. You do want to spend the extra for a hot water hose for the outlet – regular hoses just don’t hold up. Sure beats adding hot water to the barn.

  3. Vintage_Rider says:

    Thanks Chilly! Good Point!

  4. RaeOfLight says:

    Has anyone ever seen a portable de-icer? The water tubs out in my pasture last year were not near a power source, I would’ve given my eye teeth for something like that. I had to constantly break up and pull out the ice to minimize freezing. I tried to find something solar-powered but had no luck.

  5. Vintage_Rider says:

    Yes, they are called TEENAGERS

  6. pukiza says:

    Check this out for Solar Water Troughs.


    I have been watching these for a year waiting for the price to be reduced.

  7. ChillyOne says:

    Holy Buckets! That’s a lot of money for a very small trough, I’d have to fill them daily.

    What we do up here in MN, since I don’t have teenagers :/, is we’ve built insulated trough boxes. It’s basically a big wooden box lined with R-30 that the regular trough just drops into and a lid for nighttime when everyone is in. Need a tractor with forklift attachments to move them easily though or a couple big farm kids from the neighbors place. Occasionally will get an ice skin, but no more frozen solid overnight like before.

  8. Jan says:

    Every winter I pause to say a silent prayer of thanks to the Bar-Bar-a company and my automatic waterer. well…..maybe not a prayer, but what a work saver it has been. It did take a major cost outlay to run a deep trench to lay pipe to the waterer but after 6 years, I have had no difficulty and it faithfully gives out water the same temperature everyday, no electricity, no freezing up, no standing water and I’d say worth it’s weight in gold. It was fairly easy to put in after the trench was dig and each horse has caught on to it’s operation within minutes. I’m one happy camper when it comes to watering.
    Jan L

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