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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.

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. If it is cold and snowy, a healthy horse will accumulate a layer of snow on his/her back that tells you they are retaining warmth as the snow is not melting.

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 crushes the hair loft and causes a horse to actually lose heat toward the outside. While this may or may not be retained by the blanket itself, when the blanket is removed, the vital loft and air layer are lost and a horse will chill. If the blanket causes sweating or is otherwise dampened, it only adds to heat loss.

How To Do A Temperature Check

Feel under the rug. If the horse is sweating, it’s too hot. 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 suffer too much from the cold. Observe its behaviour. Does it hunch up looking miserable all day or is your horse happily grazing? You should recognise normal horse behaviour to see if your horse is distressed.

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.
  • Observe its respiration rate for increased movement.
  • Take their pulse.
  • Get a thermometer and check its temp. If you do not have one handy, feeling their armpit is better than nothing.

If you know what is normal for your horse then you will detect subtle signs of illness or distress. A horse is a prey animal and will instinctively hide signs of illness or pain. Showing illness or pain makes it a target. It’s your responsibility to know if all is not well.

 

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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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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!!

summer mesh Horse rugs

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.

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Cleaning your horse rugs.

horse rugs

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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4 Simple Tricks Your Horse Can Learn

4 Simple Tricks Your Horse Can Learn

horse trick smiling

Having fun with horses isn’t always about jumping on their backs and riding. Groundwork and building trust and a bond with your horse are important too. For something different, why not teach your horse a few simple party tricks? All you need is positive reinforcement, rewards, and patience! Here are a few to get you started.

Smile:

Get a treat your horse likes, and hold it over its upper lip. By moving the treat up and down, your horse will move its lip to try and get the treat. When your horse does this, make sure you reward them by giving them the treat. Repeat step one, and gradually ask the horse to lift its lip higher before giving them the reward. Once they have gotten that far, start adding a spoken command and a hand movement. Saying “smile” and lifting a finger is an example of how to do this. If you do this every time your horse lifts its lip, they will eventually associate that word with the action.

Back-Up:

This is a very common trick that is usually taught to a horse for ground manners and respecting people’s space. It can be taken further and can be taught while you are actually riding the horse at the time. The key to “back up” is your horse walking backward when you say “back” or “back up”, and move your hand in a waving motion.

When starting, gently ‘push’ your horse backward. As you are doing this, say “back” and moving your hand or finger in a motion of your choice. Reward your horse every time it does so. Once that step is established, repeat and then start using less and less pressure on the horse, always rewarding them when they do so. When your horse has recognized this, stand slightly offside from the front of your horse and say “Back” while using your chosen gesture. Your horse should back away. Stay at step one/two as long as your horse needs to understand. At some point, if you choose, your horse will also back, while you are sitting on it.

Lift Foreleg:

Gently lift, or touch your horse’s leg and say “lift”. If they make any movement at all, then reward them. Keep repeating the first step, once you have done this several times and your horse has responded, lift your leg simultaneously. Reward and repeat. Once your horse has understood, it should lift it’s leg when you lift yours and say “lift”. You can also keep touching your horse’s leg. When your horse has figured out the trick, it should be able to perform the leg lift while you are standing on the ground and in the saddle.

Counting:

Lay a towel or a tarp in front of your horse, and lead them to it. Most horses will try to stomp or paw at it to test if it’s safe to step on. Immediately reward them if they do so. To progress, walk to the tarp, say ‘count’ and touch their leg. When they start counting, immediately praise and give your horse a treat. Repeat a few times. In between, make sure you lead your horse away from the tarp. Following a few training sessions, you should be able to leave the object and just use a visual cue and voice to make them count.

In conclusion: It is all about positive encouragement, patience, and no punishment. If you make it fun and stress-free for your horse to learn these tricks, they are more likely to catch on to other tricks in the future!

 

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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.