Effol Mouth Butter
I bought Effol Mouth Butter on a whim on a recent trip to Western Saddlery (my favorite local supply shop). They had these lovely sample bottles for purchase at the counter and after one quick smell of the apple flavor, I put it in my cart. Did I know what I was getting into?
On the way home, I decided to try this out as a lip balm to see how it felt. I really like to test products going in Champ’s mouth (horse cookies included)…on my mouth before I make him a Guinea pig. First impression was this product is a little grainy, has a strong artificial apple smell and a very light flavor. It passed the test as OK to try on Champ, though we weren’t super thrilled about it as a lip balm.
Our first few test rides with this product were fine, but I noticed no real difference. Champ wasn’t sure about the whole application process either and eyed me with duplicity. The one day I failed in my horsemanship and didn’t use my bit warmer and didn’t use the Effol Mouth Butter, the difference became clear. Champ was resistant and not with me. After a few more rides experimenting with the bit warmer and the mouth butter, I decided that riding without the Effol Mouth Butter should never happen again.
Champ has gotten to the point now where he perks up when I open up that apple fragranced tube and we’ve quickly used up our sample bottle (and need to buy more). I did not notice any difference when using this product on the bit, I noticed the difference in putting it in the corners of his mouth before bridling. As you can see in the photo above, this product has led to increased salivation (some days he looks like a Grand Prix horse with slobber flying) and a softer ride.
We recommend Effol Mouth Butter to add into your product arsenal to help your horse be a happier, more cooperative ride. Champ and I will never be able to ride without it again (at least with a bit).