An Ode to Barn Dogs

I grew up with dogs all around me – my own family dog, Kassidy, was a grumpy, loving and loyal Bichon Frise. My extended family had Goldens and Shepherds. My barn family had everything you could imagine – from Kody, the unbelievably smart German Shepherd, to KC, the search and rescue yellow lab, to Alice, the loyal lab who did stalls with us almost every day of her life.

I’ve known so many barn dogs from all over. There was Jack, the stereotypical Jack Russell “Terror” who chased the barn cats and could jump our 5’ fences. There were Bagel, Biscuit and Pippa – two Jugs and a JRT – who would hack with the eventers for miles of trails and always beat at least one of us back to the barn.

I even had my own while I was in Aiken – Wilco was a rescue who needed one more chance, and he very quickly adapted to farm life while we waited for me to bring him back to New Jersey to live with his new family. He slept until noon with meon my days off, and did night check with me in the middle of the night. He was constantly by my side, even though it was obvious that running around a farm all day was tiring for the slightly-out-of-shape pup.

Wilco sleeping on my Blundstones... should've bought him a Draper bed!

Wilco sleeping on my Blundstones… should’ve bought him a Draper bed!

Right now, I board my horse with Aztec, Ranger and Nokomis – all three are boxers. Aztec is one of the most loyal dogs I’ve ever known – she will follow her two-leggeds around the farm and hang out while we ride, keeping an eye our for deer or geese or anything else she may be told to chase away. Ranger is a white boxer, and the joke is that he heard somewhere that white boxers are deaf, and now chooses to ignore us when we call him into the house. Ranger spends his days chasing chickens (and ignoring us when we tell him to knock it off!) and chasing the Gator – for some reason he loves to bark at the wheels. Nokomis is a lot more sassy – he’ll run and play with Ranger, sure, but when he’s done he’s done, and he’ll go wait by the door to be let in the house.

Nokomis out on a trail ride.

Nokomis out on a trail ride.

Everyone who’s ever had a horse could tell you about the barn dogs in their life. There’s something to be said about a country dog who won’t wander far from you, who knows where to meet you at the end of your day, and who will keep you company while you pick stalls or hack out alone. They work just as hard as we do, and they deserve a little extra support.

I’m currently in the process of adopting a small hound dog, and (with Aztec’s permission, of course) am hoping to be able to bring her with me to the farm while I work and teach. I know that working long hours on a farm can be just as hard on a dog’s body as it is on our own, so in my “new dog” shopping list, I’m including several draper products. They help me and my horses so much that I can’t help but feel as if my new dog deserves Draper as well!

Number one on my list is absolutely the Bolster Bed. This therapeutic dog bed is exactly what I was looking for when I first started searching for therapeutic dog products. When tired dogs are home after a long day, they can curl up in this super comfortable bed and let the Draper Celliant fabric work it’s magic. I know for sure that my little hound is going to LOVE her Draper dog bed.

Plus, it'll go great with my apartment decor!

Plus, it’ll go great with my apartment decor!

I know that I’ll have a draper therapeutic dog blanket on my couch, too, right next to my draper therapeutic blanket for humans. It’s only fair that on rainy days when I curl up and watch Netflix, that my dog be able to do the same, too!

And… because I just can’t help myself, I’ll definitely get her a pair of the Draper therapeutic doggie wraps. I know how much my Draper Body wrap helps my sore joints, and I see a clear difference in my mare after rides in my Draper Perfect Polos – so why not treat my dog to the same therapy?


Guest blog written by Kim Magaraci from South Jersey. 

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2015 Best Foot Forward Award Winners at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Wellington FL

Here at Draper Therapies, we believe riding, wellness, and feeling great is for everyone – horses, riders, trainers, grooms, dogs, ring stewards, judges, secretaries, handlers- regardless of riding style, breed of horse, education, heritage, or budget. That’s why we do our very best to bring you products that are able to be used on a daily basis that stand the test of time while looking great and not hurting your wallet. After all, wellness, like riding, happens every day – whether you’re actually spending time in the saddle or reading articles about proper half pass technique, you’re on the journey to better riding and better wellness!

Draper Therapies wants to support those who are actively enjoying not only their horse and their sport, but who are enjoying their equestrian journey. Riders and horses have both good days and bad days while competing, and our Best Foot Forward Award is given to individuals who not only understand this, but who rise above it. These individuals exemplify positivity, optimism, and good horsemanship. Their smiles are contagious whether they are winning their class or exit the ring ribbonless – for them, simply enjoying their horse and being in the moment is enough.

Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon, Shelly Francis, Silva Martin, Kimberly Herslow, Tami Crawford, Eleanor Brimmer, and Martin Sosnoff were the Best Foot Forward Award winners this year at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Congratulations to our winners and keep up the good work!

Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon

Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon

Shelly Francis

Shelly Francis

Silva Martin

Silva Martin

Kimberly Herslow

Kimberly Herslow

Tami Crawford

Tami Crawford

Eleanor Brimmer

Eleanor Brimmer

Martin Sosnoff (left) with his trainer, Cesar Parra

Martin Sosnoff (left) with his trainer, Cesar Parra

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The Struggle Is Real

At least it is if you are part of my animal family, where the new Sit Stay Forever Draper Bolster Dog bed just became the most coveted seat in the house. It seems my crew has changed the motto from Sit Stay Forever to Sit Stay WAR! Everyone wants to be in this bed, and with a rather plentiful crew of cats and dogs on the farm, they just don’t want to share.

The bed was originally ordered for my 8 year old husky mix who is larger and can get a little creaky with age and the weather (it’s been a horrible winter and spring….well I don’t know where spring is). However, the cats – especially bossy Caspian – and the other dog, all seem to want to take a turn in the bed, leaving poor Loki to lie on the floor!


Barely out of the box other than for Loki to get a few white hairs and muddy paw prints on it, and Caspian takes over for round 1.


Caspian practices morphing into the size of the bed, while demonstrating how hard life is around here…


Loki finally gets to try out his new bed (he loves to curl up and pretend he’s a smaller dog)


Caspian glares at us while sitting on Loki’s former bed, complete with Draper throw blanket over it…but that’s not good enough! Loki wins round 2.


Victory in round 3 goes to The Cat! Caspian FTW


Jack takes the dog bed for a spin and wins round 4.


Loki wins round 5, while Caspian is resigned to admitting the old dog bed and Draper blanket isn’t that bad after all.


Meanwhile, in other areas of the house, kitties are forced to cram in to laundry baskets together, sitting on regular non-therapeutic clothes clean out of the laundry. Poor Sam and Aslan!


“But mom! He stole my bed again!” – Loki


Caspian wins round 6. Loki concedes defeat.


Final score: Caspian – 3, Loki – 2, Jack – 1. And so, the struggle for the new Draper Therapies Sit Stay Forever dog bed continues…


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Falling on Solid Ground

Finally, it’s spring.  Everybody who has been slammed with winter is SO excited for the warm weather and ground thawing out.  I have to say, while I’m excited to get this snow off the ground and see temperatures above 35 degrees, I have a little problem with the first few weeks of spring.

Every year, spring comes around, I get back to riding, and… I land on my head.  I fall off of horses.  One year, it was the world’s most docile school pony.  I didn’t exactly heed his owner’s  warning of “don’t jump until the pony jumps!” and a long spot tossed me right out of the tack and onto my head.  Helmet: shattered.

Only *I* can topple off of JR, who barely picks up his feet.  Photo credit to Dominika Nawrot.

Only *I* can topple off of JR, who is so careful with everybody. Photo credit to Dominika Nawrot.

Just a short time later, it was my own giant Percheron, who fell with me while trying to figure out where his feet were supposed to go, after having time off all winter.  Helmet: shattered.


Imagine *this* falling on you.


I’m most proud of the time I stayed on a bolting eventer for most of a mile before he ducked to one side and I kept going straight.  That horse just won a big CIC***, I’ve stuck to riding more horses like the aforementioned school pony. Anyway, helmet: shattered.

We made a deal.  We stick to a walk, he gets carrots.

We made a deal. We stick to a walk, he gets carrots.

To put it lightly, my springtime habits make me sore.  The ground isn’t quite soft like in summer, but in everyone’s rush to get out of our houses and onto our horses, we don’t think about how the half-thawed ground is actually half-frozen as well!  And landing on it – especially the way that I tend to – hurts.  I have so many recurring aches and pains from my history of coming off of horses – after JR, it was my wrist.  After Gali, it was my neck and my knees.  After Jackson, it was pretty much every part of my body.  Hitting the ground from 35 mph tends to shake up MOST of your bones.

Before I discovered Draper, my first aid closet (closet – not kit.  Can you tell I’m accident prone?) was overflowing with remedies.  Pain relievers, heat packs, cold packs, linimints, anti-inflammatories, joint braces, ace bandages… it was all so disorganized and messy.  When I tried my first Draper product – the wrist support, after *nothing* else worked for me – I was hooked.  For the first time, I didn’t have to keep my wrist wrapped overnight every night.  After using the Draper support for a few days, I felt relief, and now I use it whenever I get tight – the relief and looseness that I get from the support lasts for days.  I also wear it when I go to yoga, and it’s helped tremendously in my ability to use my wrist again in various poses.

Now, my first aid closet can stay a lot more organized.  The shoulder wrap can replace my hot and cold packs, as it doubles as both.  The therapeutic body wrap is WAY better than all of my ace bandages, as it reduces swelling and provides increased circulation that can really be felt, so whatever I’m wrapping up can heal quickly enough for me to not miss a ride!  The therapeutic knee brace is the best of it’s kind – supportive, open-patella, and helps keep those damaged tendons and ligaments loose and pain free!

So, as I gear up for my next round of “spring falls” at least this time I can bounce back up and hop back on, knowing that my therapeutic neck wrap is ready for me at home, along with a hot cup of tea and the omnipresent thought that maybe, just maybe, I should take up tennis.

Guest blog this week written by Kim Magaraci, who would never dream of hanging up her stirrups for a tennis racket, and not just because she’s got terrible hand-eye coordination.  Thanks to Dominika Nawrot for letting us use her photo of Kim and JR.

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Relief for the Achy Rider

I am going to start off by saying I’m not old. I am a healthy 28 year old who rides at least one horse every day and has for the past twenty-something years. I jump 2-3 per week, usually on my own horse who takes good care of me, but we are finally reaching a level where he’s jumping big and correct… which means my body is working extra hard to stay on keep my balance and ride effectively. Though I’ve had my fair share of falls and injuries,  I have no major orthopedic issues (yet). However this time of year, when training starts ramping up in preparation for the upcoming show season, my body feels sore.

I can narrow my soreness down to three major areas –  ankles, knees, and elbows. As I said before, I have no major orthopedic issues, but I don’t doubt that I might have a little bit more wear and tear (without an outright injury) than some in these areas.


My elbows see a lot of repetitive movements: lifting boxes at work or tack at the barn, bending and giving during riding, and the pulling that goes along with walking my boisterous large breed puppy. Those movements aggravate some tendinitis (that I’m in denial about) which leaves my elbows, particularly the right, burning and screaming in pain. There has been times my right elbow has been so painful I could barely hold a pencil.


My knees are probably the least painful of my sore joints. I normally feel discomfort in my knees after a jumping lesson, but they can get tender after a really good flat work school as well – pretty much anytime I’m working on my position and stretching down through my lower body. The joint itself doesn’t have any issues, but the sides and muscles right above the knee joint will begin to ache.


My ankles are what bothers me most days, particularly the left. I know at some point I did a fair amount of damage to the tendons in my left ankle (I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a bone spur/fragment in there as well). Just like with my knees, my ankles typically bother me when I’m jumping or working on really stretching my leg down. I’m most sore on the outside and front of the ankle itself, and sometimes it extends through the arch of my foot.

Here’s what my normal post-pain-causing-activity recovery regimen looks like:

1. Heat or ice. I’m lucky in that the only joint that swells is my left ankle, so I can heat or ice, whichever I feel like at the moment (I know that’s not exactly the medically correct procedure, but it’s what I do!).

2. Wrap it. I’m an old school hunter/jumper/equitation gal, and as such, horses are standing wrapped after they jump. I use my Draper Therapy Recovery Wraps on my horse and his legs come out perfect the following morning, so why not use the same technique on myself? If the joint (typically my knees and elbows) doesn’t need to be immobilized or doesn’t need compression, I use the joint supports. However, if I need to keep the joint from flexing or there’s swelling (ahem, that’s you left ankle), I use the Body wrap so that I can put the right amount of tension on the wrap. I only use my body wrap on my elbows and ankles so I’ve trimmed the velcro  down so it doesn’t stick out (they have an extra long piece for use on shoulders and larger areas).  If I still have some running around to do before I can immobilize my left ankle and give it a rest, I’ll put on some socks and put a wristband on my ankle for a little extra support (I have average sized ankles and the wrist bands are very stretchy! I can also put them above of below my elbows if I need to). The wrist bands work great for ankle support when you’re wearing shoes you wouldn’t wear socks with (for me that’s my boat shoes!).

Wristband - Upper Elbow

Wristband – Upper Elbow

Wristband - Lower Elbow

Wristband – Lower Elbow

Ankle with Sock and Body Wrap (excuse my white leg!)

Ankle with Sock and Body Wrap (excuse my white leg!)

becky ankle

Ankle with Wristband


3. Relax. Usually my schedule works out so that my recovery regimen comes right before bed which is perfect – it gives the wrapped joints time to rest but also gives the Celliant in the wraps/supports time to do its job! The longer you leave a Celliant garment on, the better the results will be, so 8-10 hours of rest plus the Celliant will mean you’re waking up in much better condition than you went to sleep in! (Note: I also use a Sleep Liner to alleviate general body soreness.)

I am happy to say that most days I wake up feeling pretty great – even after I’ve done something to aggravate my “trouble” joints. I had used regular ace bandages, medication, and lineaments/rubs (I should have bought stock in Bengay) before, but since I’ve started using wraps and supports with Celliant, I really haven’t needed any of the old remedies.

And before you say “yeah, yeah you work for Draper, of course you’re promoting it!”, I’ll let you in on a little secret about myself… I hate following regimens. I have a non existant beauty regimen (does putting sunblock on your face count as make up?) and I usually just “tough it out” when it comes to pain or discomfort. The fact that I religiously use the products is a miracle… Or maybe not. I feel so much better (left ankle in particular) after using the Celliant supports and wraps that clearly  it’s just instinct (if not common sense) to keep using a product that works.

Keep moving forward, 


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Canine Corner: New Draper Therapies Bolster Bed

Sometimes picking the right product for your dog is tricky. When it comes to dog beds, dog owners have seemingly limitless options. Since your dog can’t tell you his or her preferences, we often rely on our own standards of comfort to decide what type of bed is best. If you and your dog have a taste for products that exemplify luxury, comfort, and practicality, you’re going to adore the new Draper Canine Therapy Bolster Bed!

This product has everything going for it – Quality, durability, excellent design, and safety. The Bolster Beds are made for Draper Therapies by a company called Sit Stay Forever. Based out of Dutchess County NY, Sit Stay Forever’s main focus has been to create high quality canine products out of materials that are certified safe – meaning that you can be rest assured that your pooch isn’t sleeping or chewing on products made of material that may have harmful, potentially cancer-causing ingredients in it (to learn more about how materials for the beds are picked, click here). All the materials that go into their products are certified toxin-free and hypoallergenic. In addition, all the materials that go into the Bolster Bed are made in the USA, and the beds themselves are ASSEMBLED BY HAND (to ensure quality) at Sit Stay Forever’s headquarters in upstate New York.

The Bolster Bed design is extremely practical and makes your dog’s comfort the first priority. The beds are all oversized, meaning that your dog will have plenty of space to curl up without feeling squished into a bed that’s too small. The donut shape design allows your dog to rest his/her head on the soft cotton side of the bed, while the inner pillow (made out of Celliant) offers your dog’s body all the health benefits of Celliant. The entire bed is stuffed with recycled material (specifically recycled water bottles that have been turned into fiber or “green fluff”), so in addition to being eco-friendly, the beds are also easy to re-fluff after lots of use. As with all our products, the bed is machine washer and dryer safe – an invaluable feature for any canine product.

Pricing for the beds starts at $110.50, and goes up according to size. While that may seem like a lot to spend on a dog bed, you’re definitely getting a lot of “bang of your buck” – you’re getting a high quality, made in the USA product that is easy to clean, won’t make your dog sick, keeps him/her comfortable while relieving pain and stiffness, and will probably last your dog for its entire lifetime!

Blueberry, our resident canine product tester, gives this bed four paws up.

Blueberry, our resident canine product tester, gives this bed four paws up.

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Why Every Horse Owner Should Know How to Standing Wrap

Standing wraps – some people love them and some people love to hate them. Whether you’ve never wrapped an equine leg or you’re practically a professional wrapper, the fact is that at some point in your life with horses you will have to wrap.

Standing wrapping using Draper Recovery Wraps!

Standing wrapping using Draper Recovery Wraps!

I can hear the groans already – “My horse doesn’t work hard enough to warrant being wrapped”, “I don’t need to know how to wrap because I have quick wraps”, or even “I don’t know how to wrap and wrapping incorrectly can do harm to the leg”. While any of those statements might be true at any given time, at some point every horse gets hurt (think about it – how many times in your life have you needed an ace bandage? My guess is at least once ;) ). Why wait until your horse is hurt to learn? Perfecting wrapping can take some practice, so learning before it’s emergency will make the process much less stressful.

With horses, most injuries to the legs cause some sort of swelling and compression can be a useful treatment. While it’s true that wrapping a leg incorrectly can do harm to the leg, the technique is simple and easy to master with enough practice.


1. Start under the knee with the quilted wrap.  Wrap from the inside of your horse’s leg to the outside, and from front to back.

2.  Once you have the quilted wrap around the leg, don’t let go!  Start the elastic bandage in the middle, wrap down first, and then back up and finish at the top.

3.    Be sure to overlap the elastic generously to ensure that the bandage stays in place (Most pro wrappers say cover 50% per lap.)

4.    Pull tight across the front, just be firm around the back.

5.    DO NOT apply extra pressure as you go around the tendon in the back

6.    Make sure your pillow wraps and outer standing wraps are smooth and unwrinkled

7.    If you need to include the fetlock for tendon support, make sure to include it in your wrap

8.    Do not leave on for longer than 24  hours without removing and re-wrapping (Some experts recommend not leaving on for longer than 12 hours without re-wrapping.)
9.    Practice, practice, practice!

(Taken from “Horse & Man: Standing Wraps. Why you should know how to wrap a Standing Wrap BEFORE you need them…“)

For all the visual learners out there (myself included), there’s some great video tutorials out there.

Equestrian Life: How to Place a Standing Wrap

How To Apply Polo Wraps & Standing Bandages (HorseGirlTV® Classics)

The Horse Lover’s 2 Minute How to Apply Standing Wraps

Polo Wrapping requires a similar technique.

Polo Wrapping requires a similar technique.

Keep in mind that there are a few different variations on applying standing wraps (some people like to start in the middle of the leg instead of the top, some roll their elastic bandage into the pillow wrap, and some folks wrap higher/lower on the leg than others). While techniques may vary slightly, the basics are the same for every standing wrap:

1. Wrapping front to back, outside to inside.

2. Even tension and pulling the wrap tight across the front of the leg.

3. Wrapping clean, dry legs.

4. Leaving wraps on no longer than 12 hours unless instructed by your veterinarian.

Remember, if you’re wrapping for the first time and are nervous, ask a knowledgeable friend or other equine professional for help!




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Is It Spring Yet?

Those of us in the Northeast are SO done with winter. We’ve been dealing with sub-zero wind chills as we’ve dutifully fed horses, picked stalls, layered on blankets and groomed our loyal steeds. It’s been very hard to keep any sort of consistent riding program going – even for those of us blessed with indoor arenas – due to the brutal cold and hard ground making everyone achy and stiff.

However, it’s 35 degrees today, and next week’s forecast promises 40+ degree days in my part of New Jersey. Tack is getting conditioned, boots are getting dusted off, and soon we might be able to trade our coveralls for breeches!

After so much time off and such brutal pasture footing from all of the precipitation and freezing, most of my horses have been stiff and sore on the days that I’ve had the motivation to saddle up. This time of year, it’s vitally important to provide your equine partners with the proper support to help them get back into work, safely.

My dressage mare is quick to become cold backed, and therapeutic saddle pads like the Draper Dressage Pad help her back muscles warm up so that she can stretch correctly and use her hind end as we school back up through our first level movements. While I’m bringing her back into work slowly, I like the Draper Perfect Polo Wraps – they provide more support on thawing ground than traditional polo wraps due to the outer later of Saratoga bandage, and they help her legs recover quicker from the soreness and stress of starting a new workout program after time off. The protection they provide from interference makes me feel more confident in revisiting lateral work with a mare who can be clumsy.

I also LOVE the therapeutic polo wraps and Perfect Polos for my older draft cross, who deals with a lot of arthritis in his front legs. The Celliant fabric that makes up the polo wraps increases the oxygen levels in his leg tissues, and that helps relieve some pain associated with his arthritis and other issues caused by poor blood circulation.

Gali Kim

Can’t WAIT for short sleeve weather and a thawed out arena!

Sledding Pony

Until then, sledding with the Perfect Pony will have to do ☺


Guest blog post written by Kim M of Central NJ. Kim is an avid dressage rider as well as guest blogger and digital marketer, and of course a huge Draper fan!


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Only 3 Days Left! – Spring Cleaning Sale

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Draper Therapies Goes to Wellington – “Becky has left the building!”

Hi everyone!

As you may or may not know, when the weather gets miserable  a little chilly up here in New England, the equestrian show circuit moves south. Since we are mainly an equestrian-focused company, we too must run screaming shift our marketing efforts south. Becky Draper Therapies is happy to announce that we will be attending the Equine Innovations Expo (February 20-22), to be held at the Global Dressage Festival and the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), as well as hosting a Ride and Learn Clinic at WEF (February 17). Both events are at the epicenter of the winter equestrian circuit in Wellington, FL.

Innovations Expo Logo

What does this mean? Unfortunately, as I will be out of my office February 16-23 to lay on the beach oversee operations in Wellington, there will be limited customer communications in the office.

But never fear – the Draper Knitting (parent company to Draper Therapies) office queen manager, Lynn, will be filling orders and answering phone calls. Lynn isn’t a horse person yet, but she will be doing her best to answer any of your questions. I will also be available by e-mail, so if you really miss me have a question you’d like me to answer, don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail ( Between Lynn and I, we have you covered :)

Lynn, the Draper Knitting Office Manager aka Becky for the week

Lynn, the Draper Knitting Office Manager aka Becky for the week

And don’t forget – if you’re in or around Wellington this weekend, come visit me at the Equine Innovations Expo! There will be samples, snacks, and lots of brandy-new equine products to see as well as some top-level competition to watch.

Last year at our booth we had mini horses in our socks!

Last year at our booth we had mini horses in our socks… It can only get better from there!

Keep moving forward,


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