Mark Todd Air Mesh Combo Fly Rug Review

My Mark Todd Air Mesh Combo Fly Rug comes out of storage a little earlier than most other peoples fly rugs, it helps in my battle to help keep Oscar squeaky clean on the crisp dewy Spring mornings that grow into warm sunny days - I will not let those damp green green grass stains get the better of me! I should mention this to Sir Mark Todd as the rug is described as "multi-purpose" protecting against insect bites and the sun...add wet dewy Spring grass to that list please! 

Sleepy mice, zzzzzzzz

The rug has a cotton upper panel covering the top of the poll, over the body and finishing at the tail flap, this is a natural fabric, ensuring it is soft, comfortable and cool for the horse. The cotton is then combined with a woven mesh fabric under the neck, around the shoulder gussets and under the belly for air flow to circulate. 

The neck is generous, it has never once rubbed or felt tight on Oscar, or Briefcase an off the track racehorse who stole the rug from him last Summer, this means even when the horses have their heads down for most of the day grazing they remain comfortable and protected as it still covers where it needs to. This fastens securely with a velcro tab and three plastic click-able neck tabs. 

Moving onto the body, the rug fastens with velcro and two front hook and loop buckles, I have a love hate relationship here...I love that the velcro hasn't ever rubbed Oscar, I hate that there are two buckles and no quick release me lazy but buckles feel like such as effort.....laaazzzzzyyyy pants, I hear you cry! And onto the shoulders, they're lined with nylon to avoid rubs which have never been a problem in this rug, and I love it's big roomy shoulder gussets, allowing air flow and ease of movement. And were time is wasted fastening and unfastening the front buckles it is most definitely saved on the belly flap as it is three velcro tabs, this enables one size to fit many! Onto the derrière, this is covered by a cotton tail flap with two clip on adjustable leg straps to keep everything in place.

I mentioned above that one size fits many, Oscar is 15.1hh and wears a 5'9 comfortably, he is a lightweight native and the Mark Todd Air Mesh Combo Fly Rug is true to size and not a generous fit so if you're unsure whether to go up or down a size, go up. This leads me onto how Oscar lost his rug to Briefcase last Summer, it must have been one of the hottest Summers I can remember here in Great Britain and I have to confess the Mark Todd Air Mesh Fly Rug was just too much for a Connemara, Oscar is like his mum and keeps a vest on....just in case a breeze comes along and sadly he was too hot wearing it! Although during 2013 Oscar wore it comfortably all Summer, yes you read that right, 2015 is this rugs third season without any repairs and many successful washes - it's a serious tough cookie! This made my battle against the flies more difficult...they'll be a few more fly rugs reviews to follow...

However this meant that when the flies began to attack our beautiful thoroughbred on his Summer holiday with us it seemed only right to pass it down to him, at 16.2hh the 5'9 fitted him perfectly, don't ask me how...the velcro belly straps maybe? And being a thin skinned thoroughbred with a fine coat he relished the hot Summer, happy and fly free in his Mark Todd Air Mesh Combo Fly Rug never breaking into a sweat, content in the sunshine. The true meaning of horses for courses and this is definitely the right rug for my horse at the right time of year and something for you to consider when you're shopping for your perfect fly rug....if there is such a thing!

I purchased my rug online almost three years ago, and I have found it for the reasonable price of £46.99 from the Old Diary Saddlery.

Thank you for reading, Jessica and Oscar xxxx


Keeping Up With The Unicorns - Wahl Dirt Beastie Shampoo

My beautiful followers already know how much I love keeping my grey horse grey or as I like to call it, sparkling snow white squeaky clean unicorn grey therefore when I saw the Wahl Showman Dirty Beastie Shampoo in my local tack shop (that I only popped into for a £1.25 water syringe), it's witty name and my love for shiny ponies drew me to it immediately and before I knew it I was at the till and it was in my basket - yes, a basket for 'just' a water syringe, I left my self discipline at home that day.

Throughout Winter I spend time clipping coats, dusting off dried mud and pig oiling legs in my battle against mud, so come spring I rejoice on sunny days and declare it 'bath time' (shortly followed by 'no rolling time'), and I confess that I haven't tried many equine shampoos, Oscar usually gets lathered up in Johnson's baby shampoo with Cowboy Magic Yellow Out on his mane, tail and any stubborn stains so I was thoroughly excited to bubble bath the dirty beastie!

Wahl, Dirty Beastie Shampoo is based on natural ingredients and contains no harmful detergents or cleansers, it's perfectly balanced formula including extracts of peach, pear, passion-flower and kiwi fruit effectively cleanse dirty, thick or matted coats and deodorise even the smelliest of creatures. 
Hmmm...I wouldn't say Oscar is in any of the above categories but I did leave him without a rug for a day or two before 'bath time' that's the best I could do - all my OCD would allow - here is a before picture:

After :)

All Wahl products are designed to be powerful, yet gentle and the Dirty Beastie Shampoo will effectively remove dirt, grease, stains and odours, rejuvenating the hair as it cleans, the shampoo contains beneficial natural ingredients that will promote healthy, glossy results every time...and I am happy to report that it did! It did everything it said it would, the smell of the shampoo is so incredible I would bath in it myself and it lathered up beautifully - I can't cope with shampoos that don't lather, who else feels like you haven't cleaned properly if you're not covered in bubbles? I know it thoroughly cleaned his coat too because those of you who have bathed a grey will know if you don't do a proper job, or the shampoo isn't up the scratch as the coat dries flecks of dirt you've disturbed will come to the surface and you have spend another half an hour once they're dry brushing them off - nothing more irritating! Thankfully none of that, Oscar smelt beautiful, was comfortable during and after the bath, no itches or irritations and I just know he can't wait for his next bath - just look at his face....phahahahahaa, maybe.

Online direct from Wahl - 500ml £6.99 - I paid £7.50 from my local tack shop and Wahl offer a whole range of shampoos, after the success of Dirty Beastie I already have my eye on Diamond White and...well the whole of the range actually, oh dear!

Thank you for reading, Jessica and Oscar xxxx