Shires Fox Print Rug Review

Great Britain's April shower season has exceeded all expectations by continuing into May and June, with an uncomfortable humidity in the air...this has meant two dilemmas;

1. The need to keep Oscar clean and dry to make my life easier (mud monster).
2. Maintaining Oscar's temperature, so not to get too warm when the sun comes out but also after a torrential downpour to avoid him becoming chilled.

Thankfully, Shires read my mind and released a fox print, limited edition version of their trusted Highlander Original Lite Turnout Rug which has the following features;
  • Hard wearing 600D waterproof outer fabric
  • Fully lined and breathable
  • Deep shoulder gussets
  • Twin buckle chest fastenings
  • Adjustable fillet strap
  • Adjustable cross surcingles
  • Tail flap
  • Purchased from R&R Country £46

As with all Shires rugs, I don't find their sizing overly generous and although Oscar is between a 5'9 and 6'0ft I always opt for the latter in Shires, so if in doubt with this brand, go up! The fox pattern is super cute, a hunting green rug decorated with orange foxes, I don;t know which I love more, this or the chicken rug?

And saving the best till last...IT WORKS, it is actually waterproof, I have numerous lightweight rugs in my tack room that leave damp patches on bums and down necks that I had almost given up on them! But now I've found it, I am quite happy to give it a rest for July and the rain to go away - one can hope!!!

Thank you for reading, Jessica and Oscar xxxx


Keeping Up With The Unicorns, LeMieux Tail Guard Review

The appearance of Oscar's tail on arrival at our destinations can vary from that of a show pony finalist at HOY's to a pony who is suffering with severe sweet itch. I guess sometimes he feels like resting his bottom against the back of the trailer and other times he makes the effort to balance himself using the four legs God gave him?

Left: prior to using the LeMieux Tail Guard - you can see how Oscar's tail is puffed up at the back, so disappointing when I go to so much effort with his turnout.
Right: after travelling wearing the LeMieux Tail Guard, arrives with a pristine tail every time!

The lack of consistency makes unwrapping his tail bandage a moment of dread...please don't let it be a bog brush, please don't let it be a bog brush! No amount of dampening it down, coating it in conditioner or shine spray will help and using a damp flannel underneath or a fleece exercise bandage instead only made a marginal difference, so upon purchasing my LeMieux Tail Guard I did wonder if I was wasting another twenty quid? 

After four journeys - both ways so technically eight - I want to know why nobody took pity on me and told me about this invention, they're incredible and save me so much time! 

The LeMieux Tail Guard is made from Airprene, a soft, flexible material that allows skin to breath whilst releasing moisture through perforations in the fabric, it's shaped into a tube with three velcro tabs. I place it under Oscar's doc, as high as I can, smooth the hair down and wrap around his tail, securing the with the velcro tabs, it has excellent grip whilst never being tight therefore caused me no concern regarding circulation. There is an additional velcro tab that goes all the way around the tail bandage and this is for the detachable tail bag! Having a grey I have used it every time, I can't believe how much I used to faff, dampening tails, plaiting and bandaging them right to the bottom, to arrive deflated in serious need of water and a tail comb!

I urge you to purchase one of these if your horse ever rests on the trailer or lorry during transportation, if not for your own sanity, for the comfort of your horse! 

Thank you for reading, Jessica and Oscar xxxx


Rambo Fly Buster with Vamoose Rug Review

Same subject, different year...FLY RUGS! If you search through the archives of Gee Gee and Me you will read that the Premier Equine Super Lite Fly Rug didn't tick all the boxes for us, and however much I love my Mark Todd Air Mesh Combo Rug it isn't right for a native in the height of Summer - however our thoroughbred faired perfectly in it

Therefore 2016 welcomes the Rambo Fly Buster Rug with Vamoose by Horseware, Oscar has been wearing it regularly throughout May and early June and we're ready to share our thoughts with you!

The Rambo Fly Buster Rug with Vamoose is made from a unique patented, durable fabric that is super soft and comfortable, however be prepared not to trust your first impressions as when I excitedly unfolded the rug out of it's packaging it felt stiff, I was unsure whether it would be another case of trial and error, but after the first wear it softened and within a week was totally flexible - phew.

The picture shown is Oscar's first wear of the rug and you can clearly see the folds, this will give you an idea of the fabrics structure when I unpacked it, however instantly softened after a few good rolls!

The fabric offers excellent UV protection - a must have for Oscar as he is clipped all year round, we must remember when we clip our horses we take away their natural sun protection - is fully breathable and treated with Horseware's incredible Vamoose technology that claims to be the most powerful and long lasting defence against insects. Although we're only in June and the bug population will increase as Summertime progresses and temperatures rise, I already notice a difference during peak times when others in the herd are swishing their tails, Oscar does so noticeably less.

The rug is lined at the mane and shoulder area to prevent rubbing and after Oscar has been rubbed raw by rugs in the past I can confirm even when freshly clipped the Rambo Fly Buster Rug with Vamoose has been nothing but comfortable. Plus his mane has remained in tact, and on the subject on manes, the neck rug is detachable. The body of the rug features leg arches for freedom of movement and a super sized tail flap for all round coverage! 

I find it super easy to take on and off, the neck fastens with two velcro tabs, the chest is the classic Rambo V-front design and the belly has extra protection closing with three straight surcingles. The fit is generous, Oscar wears a 6'0 and I could have possibly bought him the 5'9 so if you're in-between sizes, go for the smaller option.

Overall this is the best fly rug Oscar has ever worn, the design and technology compliment one another perfectly and it is worth every penny of it's price tag (RRP £129), I hope it ages as well our trusty Mark Todd rug and continues to keep Oscar happy and content throughout Summer!

Thank you for reading, Jessica and Oscar xxxx