Strathcona Ventures – Healthy Choices for Your Horse Barn
By Shay von Hauff
Have you ever considered what’s really important for good barn health – bedding, mats, feed systems, biosecurity, staying dry, or arena dust control? The list is exhaustive, but there are key areas that improve horse and rider health and these areas are the focus of Strathcona Ventures.
“Our goal is to source and provide products that are cost-effective and improve the rider and horse experience,” says Alex von Hauff, CEO of Strathcona Ventures.
Strathcona’s bedding is 100 percent dust screened, kiln-dried, and used by equine, poultry, and livestock industries across North America. Pine bedding, for example, is excellent for breaking down and absorbing ammonia and nitrogen from barn waste faster and more effectively than other species of wood shavings. Our clients may have a preference for large, mid, small, or fine flake bedding – so Strathcona offers five different sizes of flake.
What about the surface your horse stands on? If your legs get tired from standing in a confined area, how does your horse feel if he is stalled eight to twelve hours per day? SilverTec™ Stall Mats were developed by Strathcona Ventures to provide therapeutic support with extra features for you and your horse, and reduce the amount of bedding needed. SilverTec™ mats interlock tightly on three sides to prevent shifting, weigh 35 pounds, measure four-by-six feet, and are 25 mm thick. Each mat is embedded with five millimetres of colloidal silver to control microbial growth and staining.
We really enjoy introducing Sirocco™ Stall Treatment to our clients. Whether you use straw, shavings, pellets, paper, or other bedding products – Sirocco™ is highly effective in reducing the fermentation, heat release, and development of unpleasant and irritating odors. It can be used in stalls, trailers, chicken coops, rabbit hutches, kitty litters, dog kennels, or as a general pet odor remover and deodorizer. Sirocco™ is made from montmorillonite clay, seaweed concentrates, vegetable absorbents, alginates and essential oils – safe for you and your fur-babies!
Strathcona Ventures believes biosecurity and microbial control is paramount to rider and horse health, especially if you participate in clinics and shows. Aegis Microbe Shield® controls and prevents the growth of bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, mold and yeast. It is not a detergent or bleach – it’s a surface application that makes any surface inhospitable to germs, and the surface is protected for one to three years depending on the porosity and wear and tear. Applying Aegis Microbe Shield® to stall walls, floors, steel bar dividers, feeders and waterers, or to riding equipment or trailers, mitigates the transfer of organisms from surface to surface and person to horse. Aegis Microbe Shield® is long-lasting, economical, and easy-to-apply. It also has an impressive 40-year track record among human health professionals.
The left side of this tub was treated with AEGIS Microbe Shield®.
If you ride in a dusty arena, did you know that arena dust is harmful to the health of riders and horses? One of Strathcona Ventures’ best known products is WHOA Dust™. This footing additive provides effective and economical dust control that is scientifically proven safe for the environment, animals, and people. WHOA Dust™ increases the tensile strength of footing for better support, traction, and concussion absorption – and it reduces watering by up to 80 percent as it stops dust from rising, retains moisture, and reduces maintenance. WHOA Dust™ is compatible with numerous types of footing. Control arena dust for better respiratory health of horse and rider.
Leg compression for humans has a long and impressive list of health benefits. Horse legs also benefit from “adding an extra pump for circulation,” especially if your horse is confined in a small area for two or more hours. EquiCrown® compression wraps (ACTIVES or FIT style) as well as the made-to-measure wraps provide precisely defined compression from the hoof up. EquiCrown® provides the correct compression every application, assists in lymph and overall leg circulation, is breathable and durable, and meets the needs of all horses from Olympic athletes to the family steed. The owners and staff of Strathcona Ventures are specialists in advising you how to measure your horse for EquiCrown® compression wraps, and which model is best for your horse.
Environmentally friendly DryGuy Waterproofing is safe and effective for horse blankets, apparel, footwear, outdoor gear, and camping gear. It repels water and retains the breathability of the fabric, but will not discolour or change the texture of fabric. DryGuy Waterproofing is available in an easy-to-use pump spray bottle and as a concentrate.
As our family of clients grows, so do the requests for additional high quality barn and equine products. We enjoy what we do and whenever we can improve the surroundings for horses and riders we consider this a success. We listen to our clients and translate their needs and dreams into reality with effective products.
We have one goal at Strathcona Ventures – utmost customer satisfaction. Call us – we enjoy hearing from you!
This information was contributed by Strathcona Ventures.