Frequently asked questions regarding the Bucas Therapy Rug.
What does the Bucas Therapy do?
The Bucas Therapy material in the Bucas therapy range stimulates blood circulation and promotes oxygen supply, this promotes recovery and helps with waste disposal created in the muscle.
How does this work?
Due to the mesh weave of the fabric, the natural magnetic fields, that the horse omits, are held within the body and therefore the blood circulation is stimulated.
What are the side effects I will notice in my horse?
Relaxation – Users feel their horses are looser in their body, and recovery after heavy work is faster, and quieter during transport.
Also, Better responses to the aids. Horses who are slow to warm up, warm up faster. They can start their work quicker, meaning not so much time is needed to warm up your horse and so your time on your horse is more productive.
It also helps the horse to “warm down” at a better rate, preventing the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles.
How should I wash the Bucas Therapy Rug?
Maximum 30 degrees and we recommend Bucas Wash.
Does the rug work even if there is another rug underneath?
The rug works best as close as possible to the skin. The more distance between the therapy the less effect it will have.
My horse sweats underneath, Is that bad?
As you simulate the circulation, your horse’s muscles will warm up, causing them to also warm up under the rug. If the weather is already warm or if you use a warm rug, it may cause your horse to sweat. This indicates that the rug is functioning properly. Nonetheless, we suggest using the Bucas Therapy Light during hot weather or when introducing the therapy to your horse for the first time. This will allow you to monitor your horse’s response and gradually increase its usage.
Can stop the effects of the rug?
The rug has an unlimited shelf life, the properties cannot be washed out of the material as it is the material.
Bucas advise 2 hours before and 2 hours after exercise. But I do not always get to do this.
The Bucas Therapy material helps to stimulate blood circulation and promote natural processes in horses. There have been no reported adverse effects when the rug is worn for extended periods, with many people using it 24/7 throughout the year and only removing it during exercise. We have not received any feedback from users regarding negative side effects, even after months of use.
Can I use the rug while my horse is being treated by my vet?
We recommend you always consult your vet when using any type of natural therapy.
Can I also use the rug under a non-Bucas rug?
Yes, we do not know whether the front and rear attachment points will work on non-Bucas rugs.
I noticed after a while no difference anymore.
Over time, you become accustomed to your horse’s constant relaxation and suppleness. We recommend removing the rug from your daily routine and only using it when necessary, such as the night before a competition, while travelling to a competition, or the night after a competition. This will allow you to notice a difference in your horse’s behaviour. Please remember that this is not a magic cure or a miracle rug, but a natural, non-invasive therapy that was created to assist you and your horse.
How much extra heat does the Bucas Therapy Rug give?
That’s hard to say because the heat development in one horse can be more than in the other. We maintain a minimum of 10 degrees of extra warmth, but we think it’s wise to give extra warmth to your horse. If you plan to use the Bucas therapy for heat purposes only we suggest in the winter always have a 150g or 300g stable ready to put on your horse during cold spells.
Does it work for people and other animals too?
Yes, to all beings with a circulation system. Put the rug on yourself occasionally. The best is as close to the skin as possible. Many people also feel something.
Can I use a temperature sensor under the Therapy Rug?
Yes, but unfortunately it may not work because the Therapy fabric in the rug prevents the wireless signal from being omitted.
My horse is still wet from exercise. Can I use the Bucas Therapy Rug?
That’s not a problem. The side of the rug is made of “Stay-dry” and this material transports sweat away from the horse’s skin. Under the Therapy fabric, the drying takes a little slower but not a lot because the blood circulation stimulation gives the skin extra warmth and because of this your horse will not get a chill even though it is still wet.
What sizes are the Bucas Therapy Rugs available?
The Bucas Therapy rug is available in sizes 115/5’0/60” to 165/7’0/84” (see also www.bucas.com-help-how do I measure my horse for the correct way to measure your horse for a Bucas rug)
Is there also a neckpiece available for the Bucas Therapy Rugs?
Yes, these are available in sizes XS to fit 5’0 rugs through to XL to fit 7’0 rugs. These are attached to the rug by Hook and Loop attachment points on the neck.