Superman to the rescue

Ola ola,

So. You have those rugs that I deem necessary, like the winter rugs and raincoat. Then you have those that you buy because you see it on sale and buy it while you do not really need it.

This walker rug from Rambo – Horseware was definitely one of those buys. I saw it on sale this summer and for some reason I really felt I needed it. Since it was pouring down today I took it for a test ride when walking to the lunging arena and walking about afterwards. To be honest the rug is really well made as you can expect from Horseware. It got a fleece inside and a water repellant outer layer. I didn’t dare to lunge with it as I’m afraid Grumpy would get his feet in the surcingles. Although its nice, it’s not a rug that you need at all. I do like the way it makes Grumpy look like he is wearing a superman coat tough. hoho

On another note, Grumpy was really stiff and slow today. I can’t really blame him as it has been such bad weather and it suddenly went from a decent warmth to really freaking cold. Tomorrow he has a day off with cuddles and walks before we start training properly for the next two weeks before I can ride again. Almost there, almost there!

x.M

Falpro

Ola,

Have you ever heard about Falpro rugs? No? Me neither until a couple of month ago. For the last few years Charlotte Dujardin was sponsored by Bucas, but she has now switched over to Falpro. As I’m always intrigued by brands that we don’t have in the surroundings I wanted to take a closer look to the brand.

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At first glance it looks a lot like the rugs from Horseware. They have several good looking rugs and you can always add a liner to them to make them warmer in the winter. However as I haven’t had one in my hands I can’t say how they feel quality wise, but I’ve heard their really good quality, but tend to be rather heavy. They’ve also got extras like halters, saddle pads and travel boots.

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There is a few things I really like about this brand which I wish Bucas would adopt to their lines. Number 1 is the fact that the surcingels is fastened on the outside of the rug. On the new Bucas rugs these are on the inside. Which means that when the horse lays down they go directly into the skin of the horse which cannot be very comfy. Number 2 is that most of the stable rugs comes with a soft fleece neck which won’t damage the mane and number 3, all the outdoor rugs have flash stripes on the front and back so your horse will light up in the dark if there were to come a car.

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At the moment it doesn’t seem that you can buy these rugs in the Netherlands, but you can buy them online HERE. The prices are at the level of Bucas and Horseware.

Have you ever tried one of these rugs?

X.m

New experience 

Ola,

Finally I got to ride Grumpy again today. Vacation was great, but being away from him for a week feels like forever. 

During my vacation he managed to dint his nose slightly. His whole box has been searched and we can’t find out on what, but oh well, his nose is currently slightly swollen and he looks a bit sadface. 

Which brings me to my new experience, riding without a noseband. I was a bit afraid I would loose the contact, but he was actually a lot finer to ride without the pressure on his nose. The only thing was that when he got hot I didn’t have as much say as normal. So then comes the question, to ditch the current noseband and go for another one or keep riding on the one I have. I must admit I’ve got no clue about bridles and nosebands, so I will have to read up on it and talk with some people for information. I know you got the new Micklem Bridles from Horseware, but I’ve got no clue if this reliefs the pressure and if it’s just a fashion hype. I know you can try low nosebands, but for some reason I can’t stand the looks of them. However if it works, maybe that’s a thing to try to. Ah well, never standing still in Horse land, once you’ve overcome one problem, you’ll find the next one 😉


If you got tips, feel free to fire them over!

X.m

The Rambo dry rug drama 

You know that feeling when you finally can sleep long and you wake up at 6 am totally happy and rested? Well, yesterday I had that. Today my alarm was at 8 am and I woke up with the most grumpy and tired face ever. Like only a proper woman can be;)

The whole they have been spent sleeping and going to the barn twice to let Grumpy out and in the walker. I’ve also tried to take on the job of cleaning my Rambo dry rug. I love the rug, but gees every single little thing gets stuck on it. 


I took it home to try out different ways of cleaning it. Magic brush, cat hair brush, sticky tape and vacuum cleaner, but I simply can’t get it clean enough to be able to get it into the washing machine. So I stood there on my balcony with a face as long as a horse and kept trying to get it out. 

I’m officially defeated. 


So I sat down at the dinner table and had a good old whine about it, untill I started laughing of my first world problems. If my only problems is to loose wheight and cleaning a rug, then I really don’t have that much to complain about. 

Tomorrow I’ll buy some duck tape and hopefully that should help. But be aware, if you want this rug, make sure that you know it’s a nightmare to clean.


X.m

Winter stable rugs guide 2016/2017

Even tough I would like summer to last forever, it unfortunately doesn’t and winter is upon us. The weather man even told me that it will be as cold as 4c during the night next week. This means its time to look at winter rugs.

One can become dizzy when you look at all the rugs at the marked at the moment. There is so many different ones, depending on what you need. In this post I have chosen to look at winter stable rugs in different prices and grams. It will start at 50 gram and move upwards.

Here you can see a small temperature guide which can give you  an indication on when to put on which rugs.

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Please note that some of the rugs below have the option to be combinated with a liner, but I have chosen not to include this info and only focus on that specific rug. However if you are interested in these, then you should check out the websites of Bucas and Horseware as these are the two brands offering this at the moment. I personally do not like it as I’ve found that the liners end up sliding and not laying well.

I’ve chosen not to say which ones are best as everyone has a different preference, though Bucas and Horseware is known for being the best in the business, but it depends how nice your horse is to his/her rug and what type of style and needs you have. I personally use mostly Horseware Amigo as these fit well on Mr.Grumpy and price/duration is good. Of course there are plenty more brands and rugs out there then the rugs below, but these are the most common ones at the moment. By the way, surprises me that neither Eskadron or BR rugs are easy to find, they are available, but I’ve looked at 10 different sites and none of these were selling rugs from these two brands. Get your game on guys.

I will by the way do turnout rug guide for those horses living outside or being outside a lot in another post.

So lets get into it. What winter stable rugs can you get at the moment:(PS.link to where you can buy it in the name of the rug) :

50 gram 

Bucas Irish stable – 85 euro
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100 gram 

Epplejeck Cameron – 57 euro
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Bucas Celtic Stable rug light – 140 euro
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150 gram 

Kerbl Rugbe Indoor – 40 euro
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Horse ware Amigo Mio – 65 euro
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Bucas Freedom stable rug – 76 euro – This one also comes in 300 gram – 85 euro
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200 gram 

PAGONY DELUXE II – 30 euro
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Premiere stable rug – 50 euro
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Harry’s Horse Highliner 200 gram – 65 euro
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Amigo Insulator Medium – 112 euro (also available without neck for 65 euro)
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Rambo Rhino Medium stable – 140 euro
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250 gram 

Amigo Stable Vari-Layer Plus Medium – 125 euro
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B Vertigo Corey – 189 euro
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300/350 gram

Vantaggio Jive – 50 euro
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Pagony Pro Stable – 90 euro
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Anky Stable – 150 euro
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Harry’s Horse Highliner
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Horse Avalanche 350 gram – 90 euro
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Amigo Insulator Heavy with neck(350 gram) – 120 euro(I am buying this for Grumpy this winter)
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Bucas Freedom 300 gram – 94 euro
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Bucas Irish 300 gram – 98 euro
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400/450 gram 

Rambo stable cosy (400 gram)- 160 euro
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Rambo Stable Plus (450 gram) – 182 euro
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500 gram 

Harry’s horse Highliner – 80 euro
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Don’t forget that overtime you properly clean your rug about 50grams goes off it. Several stores currently have 20-25% off, so if you need a new rug now is the time to get one.
Hope you enjoyed the guide!
X.M

Just put a rug on it 

We have officially reached that time of the year where you don’t know if you should put a rug on it or not. For the first time this autumn I put a cooler rug on Mr.Grumpy after excersize tonight. He looked like a rained out cat after the lesson so he needed it before I put on the summer sheet.
He is currently loosing all of his coat again, so I am kinda hoping that if I now put a summer sheet on him at night he will continue shedding. Guess I will have to wait and see if it works.
Tonight’s lesson was hard work. It’s like he waits for the clock to tick 45 minutes into the lesson and he stars walking like a star. But the first 45 minutes is a work out hell to say the least. Hoping with being consequent that the time will go down little by little and he will walk better earlier in the session. Then his owner doesn’t have to come half dead of him. Haha.

Horseware new disc closure 

Last week the big horse fair Spoga was held in Cologne. All the large horse brands goes there to show off their new product releases for the winter. 
One of the interesting news was the new disc closure that Horseware will be adding to their rugs. Instead of the regular closure the new one will be in the form of a disc on the chest as you can see below :

Would be interesting to see how this works in real life as I guess you can then close it from both sides instead of one. The idea behind it is that it’s supposed to remove the pressure form the front of the chest of the horse, provide easier movement and let the horse graze more easily. Below you can read some facts: 

I’m personally a big fan of the Horseware rugs, so hopefully this will make them even better. The only issue I see is that Mr.Grumpy hates rugs and I’m guessing with this closure it will take a bit more time to close them aka more time to get bitten by him. Haha. 
You will already see this closure on some of this winters rugs. 
X.M

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.

Positive:

  • 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)

Negative:

  • 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.