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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?

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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.

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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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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.