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Favourite Horse Movies

Favourite Horse Movies

Whether you’re a child or an adult, we all have those favourite horse movies that make an impact and we remember for years to come. For today’s blog post we thought we’d select 10 horse films that have stood the test of time over the years! Which ones do you remember?

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The Man From Snowy River

Australian film based on the extremely well-known poem by Banjo Patterson. It is centered around a station-hand named Jim who tries to prove his worth to the owner by chasing a mob of Brumbies over the countryside.

 

 

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Daydream Believer

Another Australian film about a woman who can telepathically communicate with horses and find out what they’re thinking and feeling. She uses this talent to help a man struggling to keep his breeding farm going.

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Seabiscuit

Originally written as a book, and then turned into a film. Seabiscuit is set during the US Great Depression and centers around 3 men and their horse who are trying to make it big on the racing circuit. Starting as the underdog, the horse goes on to have great success on the field and in the media.

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Phar Lap

Another racing movie, Phar Lap tells the story of the famous “Red Terror” and his strapper Tommy Woodcock. They dominated the racetrack in the 1930s and suspiciously died in the USA in 1932. With many attempts to stop him racing back in the day, it remains a mystery to this day what happened.

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National Velvet

Tells the story of a 12-year-old  girl named Velvet, who wins a horse in a raffle and wants to train him for a race called the Grand National. After issues with the jockey, Velvet pretends to be a boy and rides The Pie in the race, and wins. She is found out at the end of the race. This causes her to be flooded with offers to ride, and she turns them all down to live a normal life with her horse.

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The Horse Whisperer

Based on a book, The Horse Whisperer tells the story of a horse trainer with a gift for understanding horses, who is asked to help a girl named Grace and her horse Pilgrim back to health physically and mentally, following a riding accident where their friends were killed.

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Black Beauty

There have been many adaptations and version of the story of Black Beauty, which is based on the novel. Most versions tell the story of the life of a horse named Back Beauty from his perspective, and the good and bad experiences he has during his life in the 1940s.

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Flicka

Another novel-based story, with many differences. The original book is about a wild mare named Flicka who is tamed by a boy. The movie adaptation centres around a wild horse who is captured and bonds with a girl. This is because they’re both seen as “misfits” to friends and family.

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The Silver Brumby

The true story a mother tells her daughter about the prince of the Brumbies in the mountains where they live. He must find his rightful place amongst his kind to become the leader of the wild horses.  The main survival factor for the Silver Brumby is avoiding being captured by “The Man” who desperately wants to have him for himself.

 

 

 

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Racing Stripes

Tells the story of Stripes, a zebra who is accidentally abandoned by the circus and raised on a farm next to a racing track. He grows up believing he’s a racehorse and is eventually taken onto the track. Naturally, he wins with the daughter of the farm owner as his jockey.

We hope you have enjoyed our rundown of some of the most popular horse films around. As most are based on books, why not go have a read and share the stories with your families as well! Until next time, have a happy and safe riding weekend with your best friends!

Last Week For Horse Rugs Sale

Last Week For Horse Rugs Sale

We’re in the last week of the summer season and the horse rugs sale is going great guns. This is great for us, but it means you need to get in quick to secure your rugs before our current sale ends! Hop over to our summer horse rugs section and get them today! We’re making room for our winter to stock to be listed from the start of March, so once these deals are gone, they’re gone!

If you need a bit more convincing that our horse rugs will exceed your expectations, here is a list of their features and benefits.

 

  • Durable, affordable and excellent fit!
  • 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!)

We cater from the smallest Shetland to the largest Clydesdale and everything in between. If you wanted to personalise your rugs, why not take a look at our embroidery choices? You can add embroidery on any of our horse rugs. We guarantee you and your horse will love it. So head on over and get into our horse rugs sale today! Contact us if you have any questions or specific needs for your horse.

 

If you are looking for Airmesh horse rugs information,we got you covered! Read more about airmesh rugs.

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Airmesh Horse Rugs Sale!

Airmesh Horse Rugs Sale!

Are you a member of our Bang For Your Buck Horsegear Facebook page? If yes, you’ll know that for the last few weeks we’ve had a sale on our Airmesh horse rugs that is due to end soon. If no, you might be missing out!

These airmesh horse rugs are incredibly popular. They are tough but lightweight and provide protection from the sun and insects while letting your horse’s coat breathe and stay cool.

Some mesh rugs we like to call ‘Tissue paper with holes in it’. Not our mesh rugs. They will stand up to the test while keeping your horse cool and comfortable. You only need to read our reviews to see how great they really are.

You can check out the Airmesh horse rugs here, and below we’ve listed the main features that make them so popular.

  • 430GSM UV Treated and reflective Airmesh fabric
  • UV Resistant Marine Grade Stabilized threads used – stitching will not be weakened from sun and rain
  • Heavy duty buckles and clips – these will not fall off at the first catch on a tree or a fence.
  • Bar-Tac Reinforced fittings, neck and gussets
  • Extended wither fleece protection – less chance of the rug putting pressure on your horse’s wither and making them sore.
  • Tent Tail Flap – give the top of their tail and dock protected from rubbing and itching
  • Dual chest straps
  • Crossover surcingles
  • Removable leg straps
  • Shoulder gussets – allows for more freedom of movement
  • Satin Lining in shoulder and mane
  • Generous size and Drop – these rugs will cover your whole horse

Now that you have discovered why these are the best horse rugs, you can jump on over and secure yours before the sale ends, or your horse’s size runs out. If you ever have any questions about our horse rugs, or you just aren’t sure what size your horse requires, contact us! We are more than happy to help out where we can. Your horse’s comfort and your satisfaction with our products are paramount to us and the key focus of our business! Check it out now!

If you are looking for summer rugs why not check out our summer rugs blog post?

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What Horse Rug Materials Are Available?

What Horse Rug Materials Are Available?

Choosing the right type of horse rugs can be confusing, with many varieties to choose from. With manufacturers giving them their own names, how do you know if they are the same as another type? Today we are breaking down what horse rugs are made from, to help you choose the right one.

Mesh

Mesh fabric is a lightweight fabric which offers protection from the sun, allows for breathability and reduces flys and other insects irritating your horse during the summer.  Fly mesh can vary from lightweight, loose weave fabric to heavy-duty tight weave. Mesh rugs can be a coarser fabric compared to cotton rugs. If your horse has a very fine or sensitive coat, this can cause rubbing if the rug isn’t fitted properly and cause more harm than good.

Cotton

A cotton rug can be 100% cotton or a cotton/polyester blend. It is a good, general-purpose fabric that keeps the sun off your horse, prevents the coat fading, and helps keep your horse’s coat short in cooler climates. They are also lightweight and give your horse some warmth overnight if a thicker rug isn’t necessary, and protection from insects.  Cotton is not waterproof, however, it dries out quickly due to the lightness.

Polar Fleece

Polar fleece is popular as an under rug, travel rug or stable rug} in the cooler seasons, eg: late autumn/early spring when the mornings can still have a bit of bite to them. It doesn’t have the same durability as a wool rug, but the lower price reflects this. When shopping for a fleece rug, look for anti-pilling fleece for better quality and durability.

Hybrid/Combination

Hybrid/combination fabric uses two different fabric types blended together. The most popular design is a polyester/cotton blend with a mesh lining. These serve a dual purpose – insect protection,
high airflow breathability and the main benefit of choosing polyester/cotton is its suitability for sensitive-skinned horses.

Wool

Wool is great under a main rug or as a stable rug in very cold climates. Pure Wool is a natural fibre and very breathable. It also provides good warmth, is hardier than polar fleece and has a
longer lifespan with general use. Pure wool is quite expensive, so most wool rugs are a blend of wool and another fibre. A good quality wool rug will be at least 70% wool.

Synthetic Fibre

Intended for cold or wet weather, synthetic rugs are most suitable because they are light, 100% waterproof, and dry out easily. The downside is they do need to be removed when the weather warms up as they are far less cooling and your horse could overheat in them. Some higher-quality synthetic rugs are treated to allow this type of rug to be breathable as well as providing weather protection. These types of rugs can come with a lining such as polyfill, or if they are unlined, they are generally marketed as rain sheets.

Canvas

Canvas offers very good breathability. They are very durable in normal paddock conditions and heavy, in particular when wet. It is rain-resistant but not entirely waterproof, so is more suited to the colder/dry climates rather than warm, tropical areas known for high rainfall. There is nothing worse for your horse than a heavy, wet rug.

 

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What Size Horse Rug To Buy?

What Size Horse Rugs To Buy?

 Horse rugs come in a wide variety of sizes to keep even the largest of horses warm and protected. Here at Bang For Your Buck Horsegear, our horse rugs range in sizes to fit a Shetland to a Clydesdale! They are available with or without hoods and attached neck rugs. The variety of fabrics include light mesh for those warmer days where fly protection is required, to heavy canvas or doona rugs for those bitterly cold winters. Need a horse rug? Bang For Your Buck Horsegear has you (well, your horse!) covered!

When buying online, it can be tricky to pick the right size for your horse. Not only does height vary, but their build, shoulder width, and chest depth can be varying. The best way to work out what size rug you need, is to measure your horse and compare it to the measurement of the rug you want to purchase.

Below we have listed the steps to take to gauge what size horse rug you need.

How To Measure Your Horse:

  1. Place the edge of your tape measure in the centre of your horse’s chest while they’re standing square and still
  2. Run the tape measure along the horse’s side from the widest point of the shoulder, along the horse’s side to the widest part of their rump.
  3. Where the tail hair starts is the endpoint for your measurement
  4. If using a tape measure, look at the number in inches or centimeters. If using string, measure the length of the string to get your required length.
  5. Check your rugs sizing guide to see what size is recommended

While this is a great way to get an idea of the size, nothing is foolproof and there still may be discrepancies. If your horse’s measurement comes out in-between sizes, it is usually better to go a size up.

We have included a quick Youtube video for those who prefer to watch exactly what the process is, and we thank the contributor for making this video.

 

We are always getting new rugs in so if you ever have any questions about our rugs, you can always contact us by our contact form or via Facebook message. Have a great week, everybody!

 

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Summer Horse Rug Sale Still On!!!

Summer Horse Rug Sale Still On!!!

 Summer is in full swing and it isn’t even the end of December yet! Bang For Your Buck Horsegear has a wide range of horse rugs currently on sale to make way for new stock coming in next year! So why not grab a bargain and keep your best equine friend cool and calm during this hot spell. While it sounds weird that covering up your horse actually keeps them cool, keep in mind that rug material reflects heat from being absorbed by your horse’s skin. As well, they stop nasty insects biting and annoying them. Horses are a gift that everyone should be able to afford. Which makes our goal simple, the best possible quality at the lowest possible price and real Bang For Your Buck!

We maintain strong and very close relationships with our suppliers and visit regularly to inspect the quality and check in on production to ensure we uphold a consistently high-quality standard.

So why not head over to Bang For Your Buck’s horse rugs shop and pick out a few pieces for your horse’s wellbeing and comfort? If you ever have any questions about our range of horse rugs, feel free to contact us via our Facebook or by our contact form.

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Spring Is Here

Spring Is Here

With the majority of the cold season behind us, it’s time to pack away the heavy doona rugs and bring out the lighter ones! Why not check out our range of horse rugs to find one that will suit the upcoming warmer temperatures. The right rug will not only keep your horse cooler, but it’ll protect their coat from being bleached by the sun. Other benefits are keeping midges and other biting insects from causing itching and rubbing on your horse. Stay tuned for some upcoming info on how to help keep your horse comfortable throughout the incoming hot season. If you ever have any questions about our products, you are always welcome to contact us using the form, or messaging us on our Facebook page.

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Ever Ridden The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail?

Have You Ever Ridden The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail?

If you live anywhere around Wulkuraka in Ipswich up to Yarraman, you have definitely heard of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. Why not check out the trails on horseback? It’s 161kms of beautiful trails that are accessible to all, and steeped in history! You can find out more by going to the official website HERE.

Even if you don’t own a horse, you are able to cycle or even walk. There are multiple options to stop for refreshments or even camping overnight. Why not check it out as something to do one weekend with your best horsey pals?! Do remember though, that being

In the meantime, if you’re looking to start putting away the doona horse rugs for the upcoming spring and summer, why not check out our range of summer horse rugs that we have available and on sale now? You can always contact us if you’re not sure on something and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

 

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Happy Birthday Horses

Happy Birthday Horses

It’s time to celebrate every horse’s birthday in the Southern Hemisphere! Traditionally, the universal birthday for Thoroughbred horses is the 1st of August, regardless of when they were actually born! This was because mares often come into heat with the warmer spring weather, meaning most foals were born around August. In this day of artificial insemination, a foal can be born almost any time of year now. This makes it not as common anymore.

Even if it’s not anywhere near your horse’s actual birthday, it’s still a great excuse to give them a treat and celebrate their being! Why not give them the best present ever and check out our new horse rugs?!

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Should You Rug Your Horse?

 

Winter has been well and truly here for the last few weeks! While QLD rarely sees the types of freezing temperatures as our southern friends do, there are occasions where your horse might appreciate a snuggly rug overnight.

The question is, though, how do you work out if rugging them is actually beneficial at this time?

Here are some tips on how to work out if you should rug your horse or not.

  1. What breed is your horse? Most breeds, especially ponies, grow quite adequate coats during winter that protect them quite well. More refined breeds such as pure Arabians and Thoroughbreds not as much. If you have one of these breeds who tend to have a thin coat all year round, then rugging is probably a good option.
  2. What’s the weather like? Is it cold but fairly dry, or is it constantly wet and muddy or even snow? If it’s the last two, then it’s a good idea to rug them just to help give them a break from the wet and cold.
  3. How frequently is your horse worked? If you have a horse that is ridden every day or competes frequently, then you want to reduce the amount of fluffy coat that you have to deal with. Rugging is a good way of limiting hair growth, but it is something you would have to keep doing regularly. On the other hand, if the horse is only ridden every so often then it might be better to allow them to grow out their coat. Just take extra time to dry them off when you do work them.
  4. Does your horse lose condition easily? If you have a horse that drops condition quickly and requires hard feeding all year round, then rugging is definitely a good choice. This means he won’t burn energy and fat trying to keep himself warm.
  5. What rugs do you have available? If you only have a heavy thickness winter rug, then you probably only want to use it when it is really wet and cold and miserable overnight. If you have a variety of different rugs for the seasons, then maybe a lighter rug overnight might be a good option. A rug like that could also be left on during the day if needed.
  6. Are you able to remove the rug during the daytime when it’s warmer? If you’re unable to regularly rug and unrug your horse depending on the temperature, then it could be an idea to not rug them. Horses can also overheat quite easily with a winter rug on during average daytime temperatures here in QLD, so for their comfort, maybe being left unrugged will be better for your horse.

We hope this has given you some guidance on whether to rug your horse this winter season. We have a great variety of horse rugs available at the moment that can cover most weather options, so why not check it out?