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4 Simple Tricks Your Horse Can Learn

4 Simple Tricks Your Horse Can Learn

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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.

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Horse Rugs Storage Ideas

Horse Rug Storage Ideas

With horse ownership, it is inevitable that you will end up collecting a lot of gear along the way. Halters, brushes, bandages, bridles, saddles, other accessories. The list goes on. Most things you buy, you probably don’t need but are good to have on hand. Some items are easy to store, but others can be bulky and difficult. Horse rugs definitely fall under the latter. Some horses have a small set, consisting of one winter and maybe one light summer rug. Other horses can have entire wardrobes of rugs to suit different conditions and scenarios.

One of the biggest issues it how to store all these rugs? They aren’t the cheapest horse item, so you don’t want them getting ruined by horses standing on them, shed vermin such as rats and mice, or your local friendly spider clan building their home inside them!

Today we are going to outline a few ideas to help store your rugs to keep them protected, dry and insect free!

4 Out-of-the-box Horse Rug Storage Options

  • Vacuum Storage Bags – these are a fantastic option, you can fold your horse rug/s inside it, seal it shut and then suck all the air out of the bag, leaving it flat. It can then be stored on a shelf or cupboard until you need them again. This is best for keeping out-of-season rugs in good condition over the months they aren’t needed. These can be purchased at stores like Kmart or Big W.
  • Old Chest Freezer – have a big old chest freezer that no longer works? Clean it and use as horse rug storage! It allows for easy access via the lid, and when shut, will keep out spiders, mice and other animals who might like to mark their territory on it. Gumtree or Ebay are great options to find one of these.
  • Plastic Storage Container – ideal for thin or small rugs. Snap-on lids keep the bugs out, they stack on top of each other and can even have wheels for easy transport. Once again, Kmart or Big W can help with these.
  • Feed drums with lids – once the contents have been used, feed drums are great for storing rugs for similar reasons as a storage container. Your local feed store might even have empty drums that they are only too happy to offload for free. It never hurts to ask.

We hope these 4 out of the box horse rug storage options have been helpful to you. As always, any questions about our horse rugs can be asked via our contact page or our Facebook page. Have a fantastic rest of the week!

 

 

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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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Payment Options For Our Horse Rugs

Payment Options For Our Horse Rugs

One of the most common questions we get here at Bang For Your Buck Horsegear, is what payment options are available. We all understand that horses are not the cheapest animal in the world to own! To help our wonderful customer base out, we try to offer a range of payment options for our horse rugs to suit everyone.

 

 Our Online Store:

Here on our online store, you are able to pay for your purchases in a few different ways.

Firstly, the good old credit card. You can use our secure gateway to make payment for your horse rugs using your credit or debit card.

Second – Paypal. You can log in to your Paypal account and use your debit or credit cards to pay for your purchase.

Third – Afterpay. This is becoming one of the most popular ways for people to purchase the items they need, and pay them off over a period of weeks. Similar to a layby, the difference is that the first payment isn’t taken for two weeks after the order has been placed, and you get your goods shipped immediately. Easy and convenient!

Fourth – Bank Transfer. Some people prefer not to use their credit cards online or use the other options above. That’s why we offer the ability to direct deposit payment of your purchase into our bank account. Don’t forget to let us know the reference name or number at the time of purchase, as we might not know who it belongs to!

Fifth – Over the phone. If, by chance, our payment gateways are down and you’re unable to pay for your order, you are more than welcome to give us a call and pay for your order over the phone.

 

For Locals:

If you’re close to our location, you can contact us directly with your order, and can pay either beforehand using one of the above options, or by making an arrangement on pickup. While pick up is available, it is vital to contact us beforehand so we can check we have what you require on hand. The best way is to phone us directly on (07) 5426 1837 or by emailing us at info@bangforyourbuckhorsegear.com.au

 

 

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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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Horse Rugs Embroidery

Horse Rugs Embroidery

 Did you know that aside from having the best range of quality horse rugs around, we can also do customised embroidery? You are able to select from 10 different fonts – you can view the horse rug fonts here. We can embroider up to 25 letters for a small added fee when you purchase a horse rug from us. All you have to do is select the options you want, including font, colour and the name you require. It couldn’t be more simple!

Want even better news? If you require a bit more than just a name on a horse rug, we can do that too! If you have an organisation such as a pony club and require trophy rugs or club logos embroidered, Bang For Your Buck Horsegear has you covered, with Trophy Rug and Embroidery Available!

We can offer:

  • Logo Digitisation
  • Media we can embroider includes Horse Rugs, Saddle Blankets, Caps, Shirts etc
  • We can Pantone colour match for your organisation’s identity standards.
  • Club Discounts
  • Quality Workmanship

Whatever you require, contact us and we can work out a solution for you and provide a custom quote for your specifications! Just another reason how we can provide real Bang For Your Buck!

 

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Food For Thought

Food For Thought

horse food for thought Christmas Day is over for another year! Who else thinks that they ate far too much of the wrong foods?! <raises hand> There’s a chance you may have given your pets the leftovers of your Christmas feasts, which in some cases may not be the best thing. We know that there are foods that dogs are unable to digest, such as chocolate, grapes, and onions. But did you know there are some fruits and vegetables that you shouldn’t give your horse to munch on?

Fruit & Veg No-no’s

Of the fruits and vegetables listed below, a few can be fed in small quantities which have been noted below. The rest of the list can cause a wide range of illnesses including anaemia, colic, toxicosis, seizures,  choking and gas issues. If in doubt, always check with your vet if you aren’t sure or your horse already has digestive issues.

  • Garlic, onions, cabbage, cauliflower & broccoli in large quantities
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Chocolate
  • Stone fruits without the seed removed
  • Avocado
  • Bread products
  • Dairy products (all horses are lactose intolerant! Fun fact!)

Now that we’ve listed the things you can’t feed a horse, here is the list of things that you can feed them! Just keep in mind that these should only be fed occasionally and not be their main source of food. Any of these “safe” foods fed in frequent, excess quantities can have side effects for your horse.

Safe Foods (not primary source)

  • Berries (most varieties including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries etc)
  • Apples (without the core…the seeds can be toxic)
  • Bananas
  • Licorice
  • Carrots
  • Grapes
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pineapples
  • Watermelon
  • Apricots & nectarines without the seeds

We hope this has given you some insights on fresh, fun treats you can give your horse occasionally, and which ones to avoid completely. Another way to treat your horse this Christmas season is to get them one of our flash new horse rugs to help keep them clean and cool. We have a massive sale currently on a range f horse rugs in store, so why not check it out and nab yourself a bargain? By saving money now, you can buy more treats for them later!

 

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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.