Harry’s Horse Highliner fleece stable rug

Ola ola,

I am having the most lazy Sunday ever. After 3 days of busy socialising I’ve been spending the whole day on the sofa watching tv. Sometimes those are the best Sundays to be had. However the point of this post is to talk about Grumpy’s new rug and not my lazy ways.

As you can imagine, boyfriend did raise a brow when I bought this one. Considering my trunk is filled up to the brim with rugs he did not think I needed another one. I probably could have survived without, but I simply choose not to. haha

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Since the summer has really stretched out here in the Netherlands, I felt I needed a rug that could cater to the cold mornings, but warmer days. In the beginning I did want to buy the 50 gram Bucas Celtic rug, but considering the price is above 100 euro, I felt I didn’t want to spend that much money on a rug that was only for a couple of weeks.

After thorough searching, I came across the new Highliner stable rug from Harry’s Horse. I’ve never owned any rugs from this line before, but several stable mates have had them and they always look good. It was more or less the only rug I could find that was 0 gram, had a fleece inner and was well put together. With 25% at Divoza, the rug turned out to be 50 euro. You might ask me why I didn’t just go for a summer rug, but I must admit I do not like the summer rugs on sale at the moment. The fabric of the Bucas one comes across terrible to me and I ended up giving away the one I had last year. This one feel like you get way more for your money.

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As said it has a fleece inner, two surcingles under the belly as well as two around the back legs, and protection for neck and tail. I was really surprised of the quality for the price I paid. I did have to change it for a smaller size as they do fit very large, but the fit overall is very nice. Grumpy is normally a size 195, in this one he is a 185.

If you are looking for a rug for the months where the weather is really in between hot and cold this is a great rug for a good price.

ps. Not sponsored, bought it myself 🙂



Review : Bucas Recuptex therapy rug 

I first came across this rug about half a year ago. Bucas had just launched it and I found it very interesting for Mr.Grumpy as he has back problems. However due to the fact that I couldn’t find any comments or reviews about it online I was very hesitant to buy it. 170 euro is not something you want to spend on something that might not work.

However in the last few months, more and more riders/ physiotherapists / bloggers and vloggers have started using it and after reading some really good things about it I decided to give it a go. I’ve now used it for a couple of months, so it’s finally time to review it.

What is Bucas Recuptex therapy rug?

This is what Bucas says themselves: “Bucas has developed a brand new Recuptex Therapy rug which not only prevents numerous medical problems but can also help treat a vast array of ailments such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle soreness
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Whither soreness
  • Kissing spine

The material is made from an extremely fine stainless steel mesh so acts like a Faraday Cage, reflecting the magnetic fields created inside the body. Preserving these fields stimulates blood circulation and oxygen flow in the horse’s body and back, which heals and reduces both swelling and inflammation and promotes faster healing.”

As most of you know, Mr.Grumpy has kissing spine at the back of his back. Specially when it gets cold you notice he has pain and becomes a lot stiffer. I decided to get the rug to relief his pain a bit and in hope that it would make him more supple and loose in his movements.

Here you can see the special material Bucas mentiones above.

Does it work? 

Yes! With Mr.Grumpy I have definitely noticed a difference. The first time I used it I had a different horse while riding. He was a lot looser in his back.

I put it on him 30 min before riding and leave it on after for as long as I am at the stable. Bucas recommends using it up to two hours before and two hours after. After I got this rug Mr.Grumpy has grown a lot more muscles and generally seem a lot more fit. I don’t think that’s all because of this rug, but it has definitely helped him. His back is also a lot less stiff and painful. When you put it on you’ll notice the back of your horse will be a lot warmer due to the rug.

Another good thing about it is that it’s also a cooler, so you don’t have to use another rug while the horse is sweaty after riding. I don’t use my other cooler anymore after I got this.

My final conclusion is that both me and Mr.Grumpy are super happy with the rug and use it everyday.

Would I recommend it? 

I find it very difficult to say if I would recommend it. It has definitely worked for Mr.Grumpy, but due to the steep price I’m afraid to recommend it as it’s pretty shitty if people pay the price and it doesn’t work. I know some stores lend it out for a week so you can test it yourself before buying. I would recommend to do that if you find it too expensive like I did in the beginning.  You can buy it at Epplejeck for 168 euro.


Review – BR anatomic sheepskin dressage girth 

I’ve had this girth for a while now, but I wanted to use it properly before writing a review. 

This autumn when Mr.Grumpy started shedding I noticed that the skin close to his “armpits” where getting sore and I started becoming afraid that it would turn into pressure wounds. So on I went to find a girth with fur to prevent this. 

My eyes quickly fell on the sheepskin girth from Mattes, but unfortunately at a price point of 140 euro I didn’t buy it. As no one had used a sheepskin girth on Mr.Grumpy before and him being a real diva about girths I didn’t want to splurge on something that might end up not working. After some research I came across the BR anatomic sheepskin girth at Epplejeck. Normally it’s 89 euro, but as it was 25% off I I payed about 60 euro or so. 

This is what BR says about girth 

BR Dressage girth Anatomical formed dressage girth, lined with medical sheepskin. Due to the curved shape, this girth gives more freedom around the elbow so that damage to the coat can be prevented. The sheepskin prevents girth galls and rubs. With stainless steel buckles and D-rings. BR Sheepskin reduces and divides the pressure of the saddle, prevents pressures and injuries, stimulates the blood circulation of the dorsal muscle, contains muscle relaxing features, is hygienic and sweat resistant and is not a breeding ground for bacteria.

My opinion about the girth

Overall the quality is really good. The fur is super soft and the girth feels sturdy even tough it’s not leather. I noticed a considerably change with Mr.Grumpy wearing this compared to his normal leather one. Normally he would walk stiff for 10 minutes before he would start to walk normal again, this is now completely gone. From the minute I get on him he walks fine. He also seems a lot more free in his movements and is “dancing” more. So for him it’s definitely a more pleasurable experience.

The only issue with this girth that really bugs me is the buckles. There is no elastic around the buckles which makes it a nightmare when you have to thighten it, I always end up inbetween two holes. They also seem really loose and of poor quality which is something I’ve read others have had problems with as well. 

Today I washed it in the washing machine which I guess is the only downside to fur girths, you need to clean them more often due to the sweat ruining the fur. However the girth came out just fine and the fur hasn’t fallen out at all. The only thing is that it’s gotten misscolored by the black cotton on the outside of the girth, which doesn’t really look very nice. As this is just a training girth I don’t care too much about it to be honest, but if you were to use it for competitions I would avoid putting it in the washing machine.

Final statement

Overall a quality girth for the amount that I spent on it. I will probably save up to buy the Mattes one next time as this comes with elastic around the buckles and it’s in black which I personally think is prettier. 


Horsefitshop – Biotine Extra review 

A while ago I showed you my new vitamin purchases from Horsefitshop(vitamin e-biotine extra and magnesium). I decided to buy these products because they were significantly cheaper then my normal NAF products, in hope that they would be just as good.


Didn’t go as well as I had hoped.

Just as a clarification, I did not change anyththing in his food or excersize regime during the time trying this product. As I didn’t notice much different with the vitamin e and haven’t given the magnesium a try yet, this review will only be about the Biotine extra.

So what happened? One month in after starting with the product from Horsefitshop, Mr.Grumpy suddenly became super hairy and his hooves became much weaker then normal. Hence, the product didn’t work at all. With NAF his coat and hooves quickly became much better then normal. For those that haven’t used Biotine, it’s a supplement that is great for a horses with problem coats and hooves.

Based on this I quickly went back to NAF Biotine last week and I am already noticing changes, all his hairs are coming off again. And no, it’s not based on the weather as its been the same shitty weather for a while now.

I generally don’t like writing bad reviews, but when a product really doesn’t work as this one I don’t want other people to waste money on it. Mr. Grumpy and me will hold on to our NAF products instead from now on.

0 out of 5 grumpy horses for this product.

Review : Sectolin Sweet Itch 

In the summer Mr.Grumpy has issues with that his mane and tail starts itching, like a bit of summer eczema. I came to the stable one day and half of his upper tail was gone, I could definitely scream as it was so full and pretty before.

However, nothing to do about that, but I had to figure out something to ease the itch to make him stop ruining his tail and make him feel better.

I first tried this product from my local drug store which was recommended to me by some people at the stable. However this thing didn’t make him stop grinding his ass against the wall and it smelled so bad that my hands would smell forever after. So I went online and started researching as I always do and came across the Sectolin Sweet itch.

What is it: “Based on vegetable oils and extracts.
Sweetitch provides soothing care to aid natural recovery of the skin for horses, containing minerals from the Dead Sea and vegetable oils. This horse gel is a soothing product for manes, tails and underbelly. The Dead Sea salt supports the cleansing and calming of the skin.”

How to use: Rub it in on mane, tail or any itching area of your horse everyday.

Does it work? YES! First of all I was happy that the smell was really nice, it smells quite minty. However the most important part is that it really does work. After a couple of days of using it Mr.Grumpy stopped itching. Now I use it whenever I see him start doing it again. The pump bottle is also really convenient.

Costs: 16.95 euro at your local Sectolin dealer.

My rating : 5/5 (Definitely recommend this product)


Review: Rambo Dry Rug Cooler

In the last half year I’ve bought a lot of new stuff for my horse, like rugs, saddle, tendon boots and so forth. Before I buy anything I always go on the internet to see reviews from other people regarding that specific product that I want.

However I’ve noticed that in the horse world I hardly manage to find any, specially if the product is new. Therefore I thought I would start reviewing the products that I buy, so other people like me might find it useful.

The first product that I will be reviewing is the new Rambo Dry rug cooler. I’ve had mine for a couple of months now, so I feel I can give a proper review about it.

This is what the producer says about the product : “The Rambo Dry Rug is a fantastic microfiber towelling cloth rug with a smart hideaway neck hood. It dries your horse in record time, absorbing moisture to leave a high gloss and smooth finish to your horse’s coat.  Roll up the neck/hood to dry the mane and neck, roll back into a hideaway pocket when not needed.”

My opinion about the rug: 

In the winter season my horse becomes a proper hairy bear, but because he is afraid of the shaving machine I unfortunately cannot shave him. This means that every time we have a proper ride I have to wait forever for him to dry. The cooler rug I used just didn’t cut it, so I decided to start looking for a new one and came across this one after searching for hours on the internet. At first I didn’t believe the that it would really dry my horse that fast, but was willing to try.

I must say I am super satisfied with this rug.The first time I had it in my hands I found the fabric super weird as it feels like a bathrobe kind of fabric. However it definitely dries my horse super quickly, as fast as 20 minutes at times and it leaves him with such a shiny glossy coat. The only downside with the rug is that because its light grey, it easily gets dirty, and if your horse rolls in the stable everything sticks to it because of its special fabric.


  • Dries Mr.Grumpy fast
  • Easy to clean in the washing machine
  • Does make your horse look cute (not important, but who doesn’t like that.haha)


  • If you’re horse is a roller in his stable, everything sticks to this rug. Mine did it once and I had to spend an hour taking of the hay again.
  • You can roll up the neck piece, but you need to do it neatly, otherwise it doesn’t look very nice.
  • Price. Not everyone can afford or want to spend 85 euro on a cooler.

You can buy the rug HERE and HERE.

Ps: My horse is 167 cm, and uses the size medium. The rug cannot be too big as its supposed to be in close contact with the coat.