Equestrian Gadget of the Year

I’ve never named a Gadget of the Year before, but if I had, it probably would have been the Ultimate Hoof Pick pretty much every year. I love that thing a lot more than is probably normal. And this year I have a new contender that is worthy to sit side by side with that magical hoof pick!

I finally started consistently using studs on Henry this season. It’s been a good 15+ years since I’ve had to stud a horse on a consistent basis, so when I was putting my kit together I opted for a couple of cool things that didn’t exist back in the day. One of those was the Bionic Wrench.

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I admit I originally got this thing because a) it looked kinda neat, and b) I vividly remember how much I used to hate using wrenches to remove studs. Especially if they were wet or muddy or had been torqued in there really tight. I lost a lot of skin off my knuckles. Plus I had to carry around a couple different wrenches because not all of my studs were the same size, and I inevitably always reached for the wrong one.

Clearly all of those things scarred me deeply, because I’m nothing if not a total cheapskate, yet I opted to spend the $25 on the Bionic Wrench instead of a few bucks on a couple of traditional wrenches. It was worth every penny.

Being able to grip each side of the tool and squeeze them together gives you a lot more power with considerably less effort. It’s much easier to get the studs tighter when you put them in, and much easier to remove them afterwards. The head of the tool grips all the sides of the stud, so there is zero slippage, and it can still grip the stud even if it’s covered in mud or turf. It fits any size stud, taking the guesswork out of figuring out which tool you need. For me this thing has been fantastic, making it much easier to get studs in securely and out quickly.

I also used it to tighten some loose nuts on a couple of my jump standards, and loosen a couple of stubborn, painted-over nuts on my horse trailer windows when we replaced the screens. Even if you don’t stud your horses, it can be a really useful tool to have around the barn. The amount of time, skin, and cussing it’s saved me definitely make it worthy of being my 2017 Gadget of the Year.

 

14 thoughts on “Equestrian Gadget of the Year

  1. I forgot about this thing! I had used it from a friend’s stud kit before but hadn’t gotten one of my own….guess that’s going to change right now!

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  2. I love that wrench. It has a place near and dear to my hear and like you, my knuckles thank me. Especially when I have to stud 2 or 3 of my trainer’s horses at a one day event. My hubby insisted we get this thing as he will help with studs from time to time and he claims it’s worth every penny (I agree!) Funnily enough, my trainer and the working student hate it.

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      1. I think the WS was doing it wrong (I’m not really sure how but with her it would be possible) and I think my trainer just wants other people to do his studs 😂 It’s been a life saver for me!

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  3. Ohhhh my god I GET IT

    I haven’t had to stud up in years. I’m assuming I’ll have to at like starter because my animal is a klutz. But man it’d be so much easier to get muddy (rusty…) over tightened studs out…

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  4. I don’t stud but would not do it unless I had one of those wrenches. What a great present for those that do though. Cause I watch people do it by hand with a wrench and NOPE not doing that 🙂 HA! (my gadget of the year is STILL THE ulimate hoofpick. Love that thing and actually hyperventilate if i can’t find it in my box LOL)

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  5. Holy crap, that thing is going on my list. I have a thing for cool tools…and I HATE socket wrench sets (why can I never find the size I need when I need it?).

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