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How To Make Horse Rugs Last Longer

The maintenance and care of horse rugs is important if you want them to last longer. Horse rugs are an expensive investment which requires careful cleaning and maintenance. If you don’t take proper care of horse rugs, there’s a higher chance of those rugs not fulfilling their purpose and you may have to invest in a new horse rug all over again.

Keeping and maintaining a horse itself is very expensive, so to minimise recurring costs of purchasing horse rugs, it’s important that you maintain them well. Here are some tips on how to clean horse rugs and make them long lasting.

  1. Self Cleaning Tips

If you want to save money and can find the time to clean the horse rugs yourself, then you can easily wash the lightweight, small horse rugs in the washing machine. For more detailed and clear instructions read the washing instructions mentioned on the label of the horse rug.

For the large, heavy horse rugs, lay them out on a flat surface or a fence and using a brush with hard bristles, rub and clean out all the dirt, mud and grass. Turn the rug over and repeat this process.

You can then dip the rug into a bucket filled with hot water and cleaning soap. Once you soak the rug into the bucket, beat it and mix it and leave it to soak in the bucket. After it is done soaking, take it out and lay it out flat and clean it with the bristled brush one final time. Once you’re done cleaning it properly, leave it to dry.

It’s important that the rug be completely dry before it is stored for a long time or even used on a horse. Using a moist or wet rug on a horse might make him sick or cause skin ailments.

  1. Horse Rug Cleaning Products

There are plenty of branded products available for cleaning horse rugs. There are horse rug soaps and conditioners which can be used for deep cleaning of your horse rugs. Since a horse rug washing soap is designed specifically for horse rugs, it will clean it properly without damaging the silicone and fluorocarbon material of the rug, which is beneficial for an expensive and high quality horse rug.

A horse rug conditioner is not used very often, but if you can afford it, try it out on your horse rug. It can be really beneficial in retaining the waterproof ability and durability of the horse rug.

  1. Get Them Cleaned Professionally

If you do not have the time or do not want to make the effort of cleaning horse rugs yourself and if you’ve got the money for it, the best option is to send them to professional cleaners. They will be able to use their products and treatment techniques to clean your horse rugs and may also do some repairs on your horse rugs, if it calls for it.

This is the best choice if you don’t have the time to or don’t want to clean the horse rugs yourself.

Conclusion

Horse rug cleaning can be a time consuming process, but it’ll save you the cost of buying a new horse rug again and again. It’s a great way to ensure that your horse rug lasts longer, in good condition. If you can afford to purchase horse rug cleaning products, then it’ll help in deeply cleaning your horse rug. However, if you cannot afford horse rug cleaning products, even the method described above will give your horse rug a good cleanse.

Scraped Knees and Pony Stalking – Confessions of a Helicopter Parent

Helicopter Parenting

 

I’ve always been quite happy to admit that I’m a helicopter parent. Husband and I both are in fact (me more so than him), and our ethos has always been “We’d rather be safe than sorry”, but a couple of things have happened recently which have made us reconsider our positions.

The first thing was Sausage’s first pony lesson last week. As I mention before, she’s started a course of pony lessons throughout the Summer Holidays, a half-hour lesson a week and once she’s five we’ll see if she wants to carry on with regular horse riding tuition. So, we took her to the stables, watched her get kitted out, set off with her trainer…and then stalked the through the woods as she took her lesson.

Okay, stalking may be a *bit* strong, but most of the other parents waited back at the stables for their kids to get back, while Husband and I walked (at a respectful distance, which was more his choice than mine…I’d have been hanging off of her stirrups if I’d had my way) the whole way and didn’t let her out of our sights for a second. As we were walking back, we started chatting and Husband suggested that if we were going to let her do these things then we really needed to let her do them, without us eyeballing her all the time. It must be off-putting, having your own cheer-squad trotting through the bushes next to you, but I find it very difficult to take a step back.

Another prime example of this is an accident that Sausage had last week. We were getting out of the car and walking up our drive when she tripped on the remnants of the old metal gate post that our landlord never properly removed. She scuffed her knee up pretty badly (it bled quite a lot) but she really lost her cool and screamed all the way into the house. I can’t help but wonder if she’d have been better equipped to deal with this if she’d had a few more scraped knees in her life? She’s never really fallen like this because Husband and I are always there to catch her, which means now, at almost 5, scraped knees are a massive deal.

I’m not sure that my reactions always help either. When she fell over, my instinct was to scrape her up and kiss her tears away, which doesn’t necessarily help when she’s looking to us to gauge how to deal with pain and trauma. Husband is a lot better at these things, he’s able to suck up his own need to comfort her, in favour of a ‘come on, walk it off’ type reaction, which is far more healthy for Sausage to learn.

I’m not saying that I think our parenting tactics have been wrong all these years – Sausage is a very bright child, who knows how loved she is and is confident in many areas, which I can’t help but feel is because of parental involvement. However, there are areas in which she could do with a boost, becuase she’s unsure of how to proceed when she doesn’t have me or her Dad behind her.

It’s a diffuclt balancing act – at this age, a change of direction could seriously pull the rug out from under her and I don’t want to shatter the confidence that she does have. However, I know we need to step back at times. This week, we’ve said that we’ll stay behind with the other parents at the stables, or maybe even go to the cafe next door for a cup of tea. It’s a small step, but it’s a step nonetheless. I just have to ignore the nagging, nauseating feeling that I’m taking the first step of many out of my daughters’ life.