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post #1 of 5 Old 04-04-2011, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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My thoughts on Equinets and chaps et al

We just posted two new gear reviews of interest to the trail rider.

Equinets Hay Bags
I don’t know about you but my horse “L.T.” occasionally enjoys a bit of fabric in his diet. Perhaps he needs more roughage. At any rate last year we went through four different styles from the el cheapo string net- loses more hay through the oversize holes than what the horse eats; to the rather spendy solid fabric bag with a hole in front for the horse to eat out of – He ate the edging material, no, really he ate it. I found it while cleaning the paddock in a pile O’ poo.
I ran across the Equinets through a forum and figured I might as well give it a whirl. The material is a heavy duty netting with small holes, small as in about 2 inches across. To test we’ve been feeding exclusively from the net for the past month. We like it.
I can’t find any appreciable wear and my guy certainly hasn’t eaten this net yet. The heavy material has resisted all their efforts to destroy the bag. The small holes also slow down their eating, which I think is a good thing. The small holes in this netting also prevent a hoof from getting caught, although I wouldn’t feed on the ground if the horse is shod.
We’ll be primarily using these to feed from the trailer and or highlines this summer. We bought the medium size and it can easily hold 60 pounds of hay so we’ll fill it once a day while trailhead camping.
The TrailMeister gives Equinets a thumbs up!
You can read the full review here

Guardian Hawk Oilskin Chaps
Prior to moving to Seattle I never thought too much about rain. If it rained I cleaned stalls; easy enough. Then I moved to Seattle and our stalls were hospital clean, until I learned about oilskin fabric.
Leather chaps soak through and the synthetics I’ve tried didn’t hold up to brush and briars.
The owner of Guardian Hawk contacted us about trying her chaps and we’re ever so glad she did. She’s a horse rider herself and she “gets it” the Guardian Hawk Chaps are made specifically for horse riders.
We’ve been having a “bit” of rain here in the PNW recently which made for perfect testing conditions.
The fit is excellent as they are made to fit to your specific measurements. They cover the majority of your boot when you’re mounted, and the legs have these mega zippers and snaps down the sides so they’re really easy to put on without taking your boots off. I really like that both legs are connected (unlike previous oilskin chaps I’ve worn).
My first impressions are that these chaps will last for a long time. The materials are heavy and sturdy without being overly bulky. You get a feeling of quality when you handle them.
Another thumbs up from the TrailMeister for Guardian Hawk Chaps
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-04-2011, 11:52 PM
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I might just have to get an Equinet! I have the solid kind with the hole in the front...Biscuit and Sarge sure can throw down quiet a bit of hay with those!

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-05-2011, 09:17 AM
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I've used the hay nets over the years, and my horses have never destroyed one. They have worked well for me. I just tie them to the side of the trailer.

I live in Utah, The second driest state. So I can't even start to discuss rainwear. But I do wear Chinks and Shotgun chaps. I wear them to keep dry in the stormy weather, I wear them extra warmth in colder weather. Occassionally I get off the beaten path and wear them to protect my legs from the brush. But most often I wear them when there is no practical need and I just want the costume to impress what ever tourist I run into.

We run into SOOOO many tourist when we ride in Bryce Canyon, Zions and Yellowstone Park, Its almost comical to watch the lengths they go to as they try and get photos of us American Cowboys riding horses.

I have found that if we keep our Chaps/Chinks waxed they repelled the water quite well. Is that not your experience. I would imagine that any material ( leather or oilcloth) that is not kept up with surface treatments would asorb water.

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post #4 of 5 Old 04-05-2011, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Painted - Good point on leather chaps and chinks - When I'm in drier climes I switch over to leather chinks which do a fair job of repelling rain. Here in a temperate rain forest even with the leather well oiled chaps and chinks do soak through. With the treatments (I use boot wax) about the best I've seen would be considered repellent for a few hours, after that in a steady rain, you're soaked.
I do agree that leather is much more visually appealing. Unfortunately, the brain bucket blows any chance of looking cool, so leather or not I'm still not going to be in any tourists' picture books

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I use Chap Wax. It's basically Bees Wax and Carnuaba wax.

Warm it up and bug it into the leather. It takes a little effort to do set of chaps. But has worked well for me.

My worst exposure is not from the rain. The slicker protects me from what is falling out of the sky. I'm more concerned about brushing to bushes and tree limbs heavily laden with slushy snow or rain. That stuff seems to always find a way up under the slicker.

I typically pick my days to ride. If it's nasty out, I do go. But I have the luxury of living in an area that averags 270 days of sunshine. But Once up at hunting camp. You have no choice. We are out and about looking for game, The hunt last 5 days or some predetermined period. There is no, "Lets stay home and go next week." I've ridden in some really nasty storms. I've also done a few CTR rides where I paid an entry fee, Drove 10 hours to compete. It doesn't matter the weather, we ride regardless. And 50 miles in a down pour makes you appreciate good gear.

It's always interesting to see what others use for protection in other areas.
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