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 You can read the full review here