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:
- 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.