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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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Winter Horse Rugs Australia On Sale Now

Winter Horse Rugs Australia On Sale Now

Our winter horse rugs Australia 1200 Denier Doona Combos are on sale! These toasty warm babies are one of our most popular winter rugs! Our Doona Combos are made using the highest quality 1200 Denier Ripstop fabric available and with 300grams of polyfill, they are a super toasty, durable, Waterproof winter option! Usually priced at $149, they are now $105 while stocks last!

While some places in Australia you couldn’t imagine needing horse rugs, it can actually happen. This is especially true

Great rugs… my boy is a rug wrecker, this one is still in one piece… he is a 6″9 and I loved the fit, in most other rugs he always looks like he is wearing a mini skirt, definitely invest and pay the extra to get your horse’s name embroidered on it.

It’s not just these rugs that our clients rave about! Another one of our rave reviews says:

These are the only rugs my horses wear now, they have the Mesh combos, cotton mesh combos, cotton combos, & the ones advertised, great rugs good quality.

If you have any questions about our wide range of horse rugs, we can help. You can message our Facebook page for the fastest response, or use the contact form on this website.

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Horse Rug Accessories

Horse Rug Accessories

Horse rug accessories are a given. Did you know we now sell a padded halter and lead rope set? While we primarily focus on horse rugs, these were too good to pass up!

Double Layer webbing halter with a padded finish & Twisted Cotton Lead with Heavy-duty Snap

A handy set for around the house, or a tidy show halter when embroidery is added. Yes, you can choose to have them embroidered! (Extra costs do apply for embroidery)

4 Sizes available:

  • Pony
  • Cob
  • Full
  • Extra-Large

These are the best value halter and lead combos you’ll find almost anywhere! Due to this, there is no colour picking for halters and leads.

The best part is, they are only $19! If you pay with Afterpay then that breaks it down to only $4.75 over 4 fortnights. Why not add one or two to your rug purchase and you will barely notice the increase. This is just another way we are offering quality, affordable and practical products. You just need to check out our reviews to see why we are the horse rug leaders. We also listen closely to our customer base for feedback. Thanks to the help of our customers, we are forever improving our product based on what horse people ACTUALLY want!

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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.

 

pvc mesh summer horse rug

PVC Mesh Summer Horse Rug New In Store!

PVC Mesh Summer Horse Rug New In-Store!

You asked for it, and we listened! Bang For Your Buck Horsegear is pleased to announce a new arrival to our collection. Our NEW PVC Mesh summer horse rug is a more durable summer option for those with rough paddocks, shared paddocks or simply horses that are hard on rugs.

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!

It also has all of our Standard BFYB Features Including:

  •  UV Resistant PVC mesh
  •  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!)

At 550GSM it is a tough, but lightweight summer horse rug to suit most horses. We have it in a wide variety of sizes, and the best part? Our introductory price of just $79!!!!!! This price won’t last forever, so get in now before they sell out.

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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!!

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Summer Mesh Horse Rugs On Sale!

Summer Mesh Horse Rugs On Sale!

The hot weather hasn’t wasted any time arriving on our doorsteps! With temps set to soar in the coming weeks, why not take advantage of our summer mesh horse rugs sale currently on?

If you’re not sure about rugging a horse on a very hot day, believe it or not it can actually be better for them! Not only does our rug prevent their skin absorbing the heat, it relfects the heat off them.

We’ve had customers refer to our summer mesh horse rugs as ‘Magic’ and have had customers report cool horses in 42 degree heat! That is not mean feat!
Durable and super cool!

This mesh is not a tissue paper with holes in it kinda deal, This mesh stands up to hard on rug and itchy horses – Check Out Our Facebook Reviews!

  •  430GSM UV Treated and reflective Airmesh fabric
  •  UV Resistant Marine Grade Stabilized threads used
  •  Heavy duty buckles and clips
  •  Bar-Tac Reinforced fittings, hoods and gussets
  •  Extended wither fleece protection
  •  Enclosed and permanently removable ears
  •  Poll strap
  •  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 summer horse rugs stand up to hard wear and tough conditions, while keeping your horse cool and comfortable. Why not try one out 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.