OUR STORY

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If it’s on your skin, it’s in your bloodstream.

Let me tell you a secret:  Coat Defense wasn’t developed for horses. It was developed for human skin – my skin. Nearly 20 years ago I was chronically ill. I had no energy and spent most of my days lying down. A doctor helped me understand that my body had the power to heal itself. He taught me how to support it by eating nutrient dense foods while eliminating toxic everyday products.

I had to stop using conventional makeup and skincare products. The great news was that I felt better: and over time my health returned. The bad news was that I couldn’t find a deodorant that was effective. My husband, Vince, created an organic deodorant powder for me that worked! I started sharing it with friends. This led to a line of organic skincare products called Bausc

In 2016, Zena Byrne, a horse trainer, called me asking for Bausc deodorant powder in an enormous container. Why? Because she’d used the powder on her mare to dry the horse’s sweat when it was too cold to hose her down.  Zena wanted to keep the mare’s rain rot (a bacterial disease called dermatophilosis) from spreading. To Zena’s surprise, the powder made the mare’s rain rot fall off instantly.  She’d never seen anything like it.

Zena, Vince and I worked together to test the powder on many other horses and we found identical results.  We created a paste that helps grooms heal scratches on horses’ legs. It’s also being used for hotspots on dogs, and to sooth and speed healing for bug bites and wounds on humans.

Unlike some of the alternatives, Coat Defense is entirely natural without any harsh or dangerous chemicals.  Today, some of the country’s top riders, grooms, trainers and veterinarians use Coat Defense to speed healing and finally have something to prevent these common issues.  We hope you’ll join us! 


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Sandy Polentes

Sandy Polentes is a mother of four girls, as well as the Founder and President of the non-toxic skin care company, Bausc,Inc. She is very passionate about living a non-toxic life and spreading it to those around her. Her mission through Bausc is to raise awareness of the toxins in everyday products, the lack of industry regulation, as well as offer sensible alternatives to toxic skin care products on the market. www.bausc.com

Zena was drawn to non-toxic products due to severe allergies, skin conditions, and deteriorating health she experienced as a hands-on owner of a cleaning company.   She was intrigued by the Bausc.com website as she was in search of non-toxic anti-fungal and anti-bacterial natural products due to her mare Jade's chronic rain rot conditions.  After experimenting and arriving at success,   She called Sandy to share how effective Bausc’s human deodorant formula was in curing Jade's fungus problems.  Completely. 

This conversation led to six months of validation on both coasts, formulation tweaks, and today,  a partnership with a common mission: “To provide the equine community with effective solutions that are safe for horses, the humans who care for them, and the planet we share."


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Zena Howard

A passionate equestrian and entrepreneur who earned her first pony mucking stalls at age 7. She has been involved with Equestrian Trail Inc., America Paint Horse Association, Pinto Horse Association, National Barrel Horse Association and Pacific Coast Barrel Racing Association in the disciplines of Western Pleasure and Halter, Gymkhana, and Barrel Racing. Zena is the proprietor of The Tack Stable in Acton California,  www.thetackstable.com where she is a well-respected advisor to the local community,  as well as the owner of Equine Body Bling www.equinebodybling.com


Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the equine community with effective solutions
that are safe for horses,
the humans who care for them,
and the planet we share.

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We invite you to join us on the Bright Side

Bright Side = profoundly changing the game to become part of something better.

What’s better you ask?

There’s a change going on all over the planet. Some have noticed and more and more are seeing it every day. We’re going through a coming of age that is changing our identity in relationship to nature. We, as a collective,  are beginning to see with clarity that we are no longer separate from nature.

Safe for your horses, the humans that care for them, and the planet we share.

Coat Defense is a line of effective equestrian products that are ‘Something Better’.  Our products  prevent and eliminate skin issues (rain rot, scratches, burns, hot spots, bug bites and skin related issues). We are committed to making effective products that are ‘Something Better.

(Always free of petro-chemical derivatives, chemical preservatives, harsh surfactants/detergents, solvents/plasticizers, penetration enhancers. Chemicals known to interfere with hormonal systems and cause cancer).

We love Earth and the creatures who inhabit it.

Please join us so that together we can make a difference towards something better...

 “As you do unto the world, so, in some form, will be done unto you.”
Charles Eisentstein