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Horse Rugs Maintenance

By using your horse rugs throughout the season, it’s normal for them to wear and tear. Even the highest quality rugs used by the most rug-friendly horse will eventually need some repairs. After all, these rugs are still made from fabric and they’re expected to have some damages along the way. 

Fixing Damaged Horse Rugs

There are rug repairers that can help you out. They aim to help bring your rugs back to their former glory. However, you have to keep in mind that there are some instances where rugs are no longer salvageable. When this happens you will need to look at purchasing a new one.

Keeping a regular horse rug maintenance routine will extend the lifespan of your rugs.

Horse Rugs Maintenance

Prevention is always better than cure – even on horse rugs. If you want to ensure that your horse will get to keep their horse rugs for a longer period of time, you need to be mindful with any damage and try your best to fix them as soon as possible. 

Small damages can quickly turn to a major one so you have to act quickly. Remove the rug from the horse immediately when you notice any nicks, cuts, or frayed stitching and get them repaired. Do a regular inspection routine to check for any small amount of damages. 

Proper leg straps fitting prevents the leg straps from being damaged. Leg straps are the most commonly damaged parts of a rug, so you need to handle them properly. If you can, buy some extra removable straps  so you can easily replace them. Keep a spare set so you can still use your horse rug even when the straps have been damaged. 

It’s always a good idea to inspect your leg straps regularly. Check the stitching around the d ring attachments for any signs of fabric stretching, strain, or stitching. If there are visible signs, it’s best to take the horse rug in for preventive repairs. 

Surviving the Season: Proper Horse Rug Care

If you’re lucky enough, you’ll have your horse rug in one piece by the end of the season. But before you even stuff it back to your storage, you need to do some inspection and preventive maintenance so you can use it again next time (especially for winter rugs.) 

Here are some things you need to do:

  • Gently clean and brush off any dirt your rugs might have. 
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly wash your rugs. 
  • Make sure that your rugs are aired properly and are completely dry before putting them back to storage. 
  • Inspect the chest buckles, neck-straps, belly surcingles, and leg straps. If they show any signs of damages, they need to be repaired or replaced. 
  • Store your horse rugs in an airtight container so that they’re safe from moist and pests.

 

These are just some things you need to do to extend the life of your horse rugs. If you need any help with replacement parts, don’t hesitate to contact us. 

 

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Horse Rugs on Hotblooded Horses?

Horse Rugs on Hotblooded Horses?

Some of you read that and thought it was absolute nonsense! For those who weren’t sure, you may have heard of the term “hot-blooded” in horses and wondered if it means they don’t need horse rugs. Today’s post is a brief rundown of the terms referring to horses as hot blood, cold blood and warmblood.

The main thing to take away from this is to know all horses are warmblood mammals. Whether you need horse rugs on hotblooded horses has nothing to do with this term. Needing horse rugs is dependant on climate and purpose and has nothing to do with their actual blood temperature. The above descriptions are terms that are loosely used to describe a difference in a type of horse.

 

What Do These Descriptions mean?


The first is the probable heritage of the horse. The cold blood coming from draft breeds that are heavy set, with thick bones and the ability to bear or pull a heavy weight, and hot blood coming from more high-energy breeds such as racehorses as one example, or long-distance trail riding in the case of Arabians being the most popular choice.

The bulk of horse breeds over the world tend to fall into three types of classification: cold breeds, hot breeds, and warmblood breeds. These generic descriptions refer to an individual horses temperament. The cold blood is usually less startled by a sudden change in their environment or noise, tend to be placid and calm and take everything in their stride as it happens. Horses referred to as hotblooded lean towards being very reactive to major changes in their environment, loud noises as well as being very energetic and always on the go. The warmblood is often considered to be the middle ground of the two and in many cases, such as the Olympics, make excellent high-performance horses with a great attitude to their work.

Cold breeds include large, heavy, solid, and very calm draft horses. These are breeds such as Percherons, Shires, Clydesdales, and Belgian Draft horses. They were bred for draft, pulling carriages and agricultural work.

Hot breeds, if you ask someone, 99% of the time they will say the Arabian and the Thoroughbred. They tend to be nervous and energetic, prone to reacting under pressure. They excel at racing and can be extremely competitive. Arabians are particularly well-suited to endurance racing. This could be traced back to having to survive in the deserts way back in time and being bred for their stamina.

Warmblood horse breeds are produced by crossing hot-blood and cold-blood horses. Common warmblood breeds are Dutch Warmblood, Hanoverian, Holsteiner, and Trakhener. These breeds were developed for riding and for pulling carriages which makes them very versatile. In a lot of cases, they are calmer and less likely to be spooked than racehorses but are far better performers than the heavier draft breeds. Warmbloods excel in many disciplines such as dressage, jumping, and eventing and are the preferred choice for a person who is looking to compete.

To conclude, if you have a working horse and live in a cold climate, yes, buy your horse a rug! You can find plenty of winter horse rugs on sale or message our Facebook page with any questions!

 

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Under The Horse Rugs – Too Hot Or Too Cold?

Under The Horse Rugs – Too Hot Or Too Cold?

The horse rugs are a wonderful thing. So many colours, designs and thicknesses. When weather is temperamental and switching from hot to chilly in the space of a few hours, it can be hard to decide whether to use the horse rugs you have. You want to feel like you’re getting value in your

If your horse has been allowed to grow a natural coat and they are well-fed and healthy, they can withstand most weather extremes. If allowed a natural environment a horse will choose the best-sheltered place to stand during a storm.

Horses’ coats have two layers. You can see the top layer lays in a downward shape to help water run off the coat. Meanwhile, the undercoat stays dry and fluffy. It is a fun fact, a healthy horse can have a layer of snow on their back. This will let you know that they are retaining warmth and are quite comfortable.

A horse with adequate hay or grass creates warmth by feeding the bacteria in the gut and they warm from the inside out. Putting a rug on a horse flattens the top layer of hair and the horse will lose heat. Most good, lined rugs will retain heat, the problem arises when the horse rug is removed. It will release the warm air between the rug and the fur and the horse will start rapidly cooling down. If the rug is too heavy for the climate, it can actually add to heat loss and make your horse very uncomfortable.

How To Do A Temperature Check

The first test is to feel under the rug around the neck area and behind the front elbow. These are two key areas that you will notice a change. If the horse has any sign of sweat in these areas, it’s too hot and the rug is trapping the heat in. You may need to take into account if the horse has been galloping around the paddock with its mates prior to this! If the horse is not sweating and it’s not getting wet from the rain then a well-fed rugged horse with decent shelter should not be negatively affected by the cold. It is worth noting, that brumbies have survived in bitterly cold weather for hundreds of years, with no rug in sight! Another way to check is to observe its behaviour in the paddock. Are they bunched up and shivering, looking dejected or depressed or generally off-colour or is your horse grazing normally and moving comfortably? It is vital to recognise and learn what is normal horse behaviour to see if your horse is distressed or otherwise unwell.

Any horse owner should spend time with their horse, therefore becoming aware if something feels “off”. Things to watch for are:

  • A change in its normal behaviour. For example, if your horse is usually full of energy but is suddenly lethargic and depressed, something’s up.
  • Observe its respiration rate for increased breathing or breathing pattern changes.
  • Take their pulse, noting what is a normal range for horses and comparing.
  • Get a thermometer and check its temp. If you do not have one handy, feeling their armpit is better than nothing. A horse with a fever will possibly have sweat their or the skin will be hot to touch

If you know what is normal for your horse then you will be able to detect subtle signs of problems. It’s your responsibility to know if all is not well and seek appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

 

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Horse Rug Tail Bags

Horse Rug Tail Bags

What are Horse Rug Tail Bags? They are one of those essential items for horse owners who are planning to transport or put their horse is a presentation class or show.

Horse rug tail bags keep your horse’s tail neatly tied up and protected. Using these means preventing the hair from getting tangled or messy and also protects the horse from pests. Some times, they come as standard when you purchase a horse rug, like one of our combos.

Sometimes though, you want to add some creativity to your horse’s look. Having a colourful and decorative tail bags can add some pizzazz. That’s why if you are looking for a personal tail bag creation, head on over to our friends at Tail Bag Creations. They have two types of tail bags, ones you can plait in and also regular tie-in ones.

Why Use A Tail Bag?

Sun, manure, rain and mud are the main causes of dry, brittle and stained tail hair. Tail bags shield your horse’s tail from the outside elements in their stable or paddock. Simply braid the hair, insert it into the bag, and tie below the tailbone. Perfect for quick or overnight protection. It is also important to note that tail bags should not be a permanent accessory to your horse’s tail. You also need to make sure the tail is clean, thoroughly brushed out, and completely dry when you braid it up.

 

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Horse Gift Ideas For Christmas

Horse Gift Ideas For Christmas

When it comes to horse gift ideas, horse people are easy to buy presents for. Where to begin? There are so many options!

Male or female? A horse owner or a horse lover? English or Western riding? Pay attention to that. It’s important.

Some small home decor horse gift ideas can be:

  • Silk scarf with a horsey motif
  • Framed pencil horse drawing, or charcoal,
  • Horse earrings small and silver?
  • Silver bit bracelet or leather cuff with a bit motif.
  • Desk ornament,
  • horseshoe ornament,
  • bronze horse figurine – although do pay attention to the quality of how the horse is formed.

 

For larger horse gift ideas:

A nice halter is always a good choice. The size is forgiving, either foal/pony, avg horse or large/draft horse. Halters come in cheerful colours, some with a little bling. All breeds and disciplines use halters. They also need to be replaced every couple of years, so they are usually needed.

Riding gloves are another practical option that needs replacing every couple of years.

Horse treats are also fun, just be aware of the ingredients the treats are made of and are horse friendly. This also applies if you make them yourself. Brushes are generic, but maybe a bit too utilitarian to be for a gift unless it is a pretty set or an item not usually used. Nicely scented horse shampoo or show horse shampoo if they show regularly. You could make a little horsey spa package with a sponge, a curry comb and nice shampoo.

If you know what type of riding your horse person does, then a saddlecloth might be nice. For schooling or trail riding, any colour or trim is fine. You need to know the style of riding and size, so this one is a bit more complicated.

If they don’t already have a stable/paddock plate with their horse’s name on it, that’s a thought.

Most horse people are particular about their gear (gloves have to fit and have the right feel). About the only piece of clothing that would work if they wear tall boots are socks. I know that sounds boring, but since they are covered up by the boots, these come in all sorts of fun colours and patterns. Also, sock size is forgiving.

If you know the size of their horse, why not take advantage of a horse rug sale and buy them a new rug? It’s a larger purchase they might be holding off on buying, so you will be coming to the rescue!

When all else fails, a gift certificate to their favourite tack shop is always nice.

 

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Have A Horse Rug Wrecker – Try Our Bush Basher!

Have A Horse Rug Wrecker – Try Our Bush Basher!

Have you got a Horse Rug Wrecker?? These are the horses who have a rug on and overnight, the rug ends up with holes, rips or on the ground. This is a source of frustration for horse owners and can cost a lot of money over time. Well, Bang For Your Buck Horsegear has the answer in our hardy Bush Basher Horse Rug. Designed for horse rug wreckers everywhere!

INTRODUCING the BUSH BASHER!

Exclusive to Bang For Your Buck Horsegear

This rug is one of our latest designs now available for purchase!

This rug was designed with a friend’s horse in mind. You may have seen him in some of our videos, Maverick. Maverick is who we refer to as the World Champion Horse Rug Wrecker of Australia and he most definitely lives up to that title!

He used to destroy a rug (whether it be a $150 rug or a $30 rug) within a few days on the fences and trees in his paddock. With this design, he was able to get months of wear out of one rug!

How Is This Rug So Good?

We started with the highest quality UV Resistant PVC Mesh Fabric for the basis of this combo. Now, PVC mesh is tough as old boots in terms of rips but in most cases, this tough fabric will fail at the centre seam of the rug first, which is why we’ve eliminated the weakness and removed the centre seam. We’ve added rump darts and belly bands so you have a rug that doesn’t move on the horse but will last!

We have also added a light Natural Fiber Canvas paneling to the shoulder and neck. This paneling essentially doubles the life of the in the ‘high damage’ areas. Being a natural fibre cotton canvas the panels allow for breath-ability whilst seriously beefing up the durability of this rug!

You will not find anything like this in Australia, other than right here at BFYB!

  •  UV Resistant PVC mesh with Cotton Canvas Panels
  •  UV Resistant Marine Grade Stabilized threads used
  •  Heavy-duty buckles and clips
  •  Bar-Tac Reinforced fittings, hoods and gussets
  •  Extended wither fleece protection
  •  Tent Tail Flap
  •  Dual chest straps
  •  Crossover surcingles
  •  Removable leg straps
  •  Shoulder gussets
  •  Satin Lining in shoulder and mane
  •  Generous size and Drop (No Mini Skirts!)

At only $99, these rugs are worth their weight in gold. Better yet, you can even use Afterpay if you’re financially recovering from the loss of another rug recently. Give it a try today!!

summer horse rug care

Summer Horse Rug Care

Summer Horse Rug Care

Summer horse rug care is important. Being out all day in the sun can contribute to wear and tear. Your horse will always find some way to get dirt and mud on their horse rug. This is especially true when there is a bit of rain around. You can guarantee if they can find a patch of mud, they will roll in it! In order to keep the rug in good condition, Bang For Your Buck Horsegear are here. Below are some useful tips on the best methods for summer horse rug care.

There are a few options available for summer horse rug care.

  • Commercial horse rug washing services can be a great option, particularly if you have a lot of rugs that need cleaning. Companies will advertise in horse magazines or social media groups, or you can do a search on the internet for local services.
  • Laundromats also provide a cleaning service but you will need to check if horse rugs are permitted.
  • If cost is an issue, there are a number of options for you to clean horse rugs at home.
  • Rugs can be washed in a domestic washing machine if it is big enough. You can use this option for mesh, cotton and poly cotton horse rugs, and polar fleece rugs. Always use a gentle cycle and only warm water and mild detergents should be used. Make sure it is rinsed thoroughly and take care with the spin cycle.

Synthetic Waterproof Rugs

  • For synthetic waterproof rugs, a washing machine is not recommended. It has the potential to shorten the life of the waterproof treatment on the rug.
  • The best option is to hand wash thse types of horse rugs. Use warm water with a mild detergent. The rug can first be hung up on a line and mud and other dirt hosed off and then finish with hand washing.
  • Hang the rug on a line and use a pressure washer to blast dirt off. Some pressure washers come with an attachment to apply a detergent or you can do this by hand and then finish with a blast to remove the dirt. Finish off with extra attention to stubborn areas. A wide spray should be used at a distance as a concentrated spray close to the material will damage the waterproof lining.

Horse rugs should be hung up over a line or fence to dry out completely. Once fully dired out, fold up and store until needed. Folding and storing a damp rug will result in a mouldy and fabric degradation when you go to use it next. You need to allow a few hours in full sun at least.

By following these summer horse rug care steps, you will extend the life of your horse rug.

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Summer Horse Rugs For Warmer Weather

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Summer Horse Rugs For Warmer Weather

With Spring coming nearer the weather is going to start getting warmer. So, time to get in early and get your precious horse a change of quality horse rugs, to something a little cooler. With a wide range and variety of horse rugs in our store to choose from, you will definitely find the one you’re looking for on our website. But in this article, we will talk about just a few to give you an insight as to what kind of rugs we have to offer. And remember we also do embroidery on any rug as completely customisable as you want.

 

1200 Denier Rainsheet Combo

Our Rainsheet Combos are made using the highest quality 1200 Denier Ripstop fabric available. We have recently received customer feedback that these rugs kept her horses dry through cyclone Debbie and 120mm of rain! NO LEAKS! High-quality reflectors included for safety during stormy weather. Fully tailored through the neck and shoulder and engineered to fit! Also, this item is currently on sale so grab it quick.

  •  1200 Denier Ripstop Fully Waterproof Fabric
  •  UV Resistant Marine Grade Stabilised threads used
  •  Heavy duty buckles and clips
  •  Bar-Tac Reinforced fittings, hoods and gussets
  •  Satin and net lined inner shell for breathability
  •  Tent Tail Flap
  •  Dual chest straps
  •  Crossover surcingles
  •  Removable leg straps
  •  Shoulder gussets
  •  Satin Lining in shoulder and mane
  •  Generous size and Drop (No Mini Skirts!)

 

430GSM UV Treated Airmesh Rug

Our Airmesh is the perfect all summer long rug option. We’ve had customers refer to our Airmesh as ‘Magic’ and have had them report cool horses is 42-degree heat!
Durable and super cool!

  •  430GSM UV Treated and reflective Airmesh fabric
  •  UV Resistant Marine Grade Stabilized threads used
  •  Heavy duty buckles and clips
  •  Bar-Tac Reinforced fittings and gussets
  •  Extended wither fleece protection
  •  Tent Tail Flap
  •  Dual chest straps
  •  Crossover surcingles
  •  Removable leg straps
  •  Shoulder gussets
  •  Satin Lining in shoulder and mane
  •  Generous size and Drop (No Mini Skirts!)

 

Ripstop Cotton Combo

Check Out Our Facebook or Google Reviews to see what people think of our Quality, FIT, and Service. Also, this item is on sale so grab it quick.

Durable, affordable and excellent fit!
300GSM diamond Weave Ripstop PolyCotton fabric
UV Resistant Marine Grade Stabilized threads used
Heavy duty buckles and clips
Bar-Tac Reinforced fittings, necks and gussets
Extended wither fleece protection
Tent Tail Flap
Dual chest straps
Crossover surcingles
Removable leg straps
Shoulder gussets
Satin Lining in shoulder and mane
Generous size and Drop (No Mini Skirts!)

These are just 3 of our large range of summer horse rugs. To view all visit our website and see “summer rugs”.

Just a friendly reminder, that our website offers afterpay so you can buy now and pay later.

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Cleaning your horse rugs.

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You don’t wear dirty clothes, and neither should your precious horse. Cleaning your horse rugs is vital if you want to prolong the life of your rug and get a good moneys worth of time out of it. In saying that, cleaning your horse rugs is not as easy as cleaning your t-shirt. And specific rugs can require different ways of cleaning. In this article we will talk about 3 different ways of cleaning and what rugs require which method.

Professional Service

Professional rug cleaners can be quite expensive, but they are well worth it as they also will do repairs on your rugs if need be. Also, your horse can gather up a lot of dirt which could be an overwhelming job for just yourself. These guys do know what they are doing so you could get them to come out just so you can watch and learn for yourself in future. Another reason to hire professionals is if you just simply do not have the time on your hands.

Washing Machine

For starters, only smaller and lighter horse rugs can be machine washable and even then some are still not. But, even if it is machine washable make sure there isn’t a large accumulation of dirt as it could strain and clog your machine. If you are going to be using this method, please follow the instructions as there are a few different requirements depending on your type of rug.

By Hand

Now, this can be a bit of a workout, but a very rewarding one for you and your horse. Remove all straps from the rugs and place in a washable bag like a pillow case or washing bag. Add detergent or something similar to get rid of any odours. Lay your rugs over something like a fence to make it easy access for cleaning. Get your hard-bristled brush and scrub off any dirt or debris on the rug. Now, flip it over and do the same on the inside removing any sweat and hair left behind. There is always some.

Get some non-bio soap it reduces risk or irritating sensitive skin. Put some in a tub or big bucket with some hot water and mix together. Then simply dunk your rug under using a broom or mop, something stick-like. Push it around making sure you have covered the whole horse rugs in soapy water, then let it soak.

Take the rug out and lay it on a clean floor spread out. using your brush again, scrub out any stubborn stains still left on. You will then rinse your nice clean rug off with some cold water and hang it out to dry. Never store or use your rug before it is completely dry.

Now you it’s time to get those horse rugs clean and keep your beautiful animal happy. Also, if you have any tips or tricks on how to make any of these processes any easier, please let us know by commenting on our Facebook page. Bang for your buck has a wide variety of horse rugs available for purchase. See for yourself on our online store.

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Finding and removing ticks on your horse.

Horse ticks and parasites that you should watch out for include ticks, lice, worms and bots. The main ticks are the Australian cattle ticks, New Zealand cattle ticks and paralysis ticks. Cattle ticks are most commonly found in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, Northern Territory and the warmer parts of New Zealand.

Paralysis ticks are mainly found in the East coast of Australia. These ticks of course cause paralysis but can sometimes be enough to kill a young foal. Fully developed horses are more resistant to the fatal side, but can still be paralysed by this horse tick.

So, how to tell if your horse has ticks?

Horses will rub and lick around the area that is attached. If your horse is laying or resting for long periods or laboured breathing and rubbing against fences, they could be irritated with a horse tick. And those are just some of the many symptoms your horse will show if they have a tick. To find out more you can see here at www.wagwalking.com.

Now, how to remove a tick if your horse does have one?

There are of course tick removal kits, but you could also use needle point tweasers. Use the tweasers to grab the tick by the head which will be mostly dug into the horses skin. Then twist the head out counter clockwise, make sure you have it by the head or it could detach and get left under the horses skin. Also make sure not to squeeze to hard when pulling the tick out as it can regurgitate into the horses skin.

Ticks can be found anywhere, but tend to be where there is long hair. Like the tail, the mane or the ears and can even be found on their fetlock. Which is at the back of the heel of some specific horses. They can also be found in places like the armpit, girth and the flanks, where the horse is warm and fleshy.

Brushing your horse regularly will help locate a horse tick and pull it out before it does any damage. Washing your horse and keeping a rug on it also helps. Which you can purchase from our store here.

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