Our Story

Bucas design, create and manufacture high-performance horse rugs and related equestrian products.

Since 1981, when Bucas was founded in Cork, Ireland we have merged the great Irish equestrian tradition with the latest technical developments and experience from other industries, countries and markets. This has resulted in the development of a wide range of highly innovative and technically advanced products. From the beginning, we have exported more than 90% of our products to markets around the world.

In 1982, Bucas produced the first high-performance water-resistant turnout rug. This was followed by the first fully waterproof and breathable rugs by the end of the eighties. We have also perfected the “Stay-dry” principle of using wicking linings that transport sweat and moisture away from the horse while the inside of the lining remains dry.

In the 1990’s we developed the first truly lightweight fully waterproof and breathable turnout for use at higher temperatures than ordinary turnout rugs. We also introduced sun-reflective rugs and anti-bacterial linings.

In 2000 we introduced the revolutionary Buzz-Off full-body fly rug with anti-UV properties. The outstanding overall performance and durability of this product are reflected in the strong customer approval and satisfaction.

In 2012, Bucas launched another revolution with the Buzz-Off Zebra fly rug. We designed this rug on the lines of why Zebras in the wild are never bombarded with flies and it’s down to the pattern of their stripe. Simply put, the flies are confused by the stripes so stay away!

In 2014 we launched our Retail Portal so that all our trade customers can make all their orders online. Our retail portal will help our customers, all around the world, place orders regardless of the time differences and even when the Bucas Irish offices are closed. Customers will now also be able to register their Power and Smartex products for a guarantee on the relaunched Bucas.com.

In 2015, we patented and introduced an innovative magnetic Snap-lock fastening across our premium ranges, and in the same year Bucas introduced its first therapeutic horse rug, the Bucas Therapy rug. This amazing rug enhances the horse’s own natural system helping promote the relaxation and healing of the muscular system through improved blood circulation.

At the end of 2017, Bucas was acquired by German company Albert Kerbl GmbH. This acquisition means that Bucas will be able to enjoy continued success and, with increased resources, will be able to expand and further strengthen the Bucas brand and product range.

Ulf Casselbrant will and has continued his role as Managing Director and the other members of the Bucas team have also remained in their respective roles, ensuring business as usual.

Bucas is the name which is synonymous with technical equine rugs and for good reason too! We pride ourselves in creating a collection of technical horse rugs to ensure that your horse is suitably dressed no matter what the weather or occasion throws at you!

Thus, this great tradition of pioneering “intelligent” horse rugs continues and our product range today includes a greater choice of high performance products than ever before.

Enjoy the site,
The Bucas Team





Since 1981 Bucas merged a great Irish equestrian tradition with the latest technical developments and experience from other industries, countries and markets.

I love the design of the Bucas rugs. The Stay-dry material, which wicks away moisture, is fab as it means the horses dry quickly, keeping them warm in winter but cool in summer.

Ruth Asquith, Nicola Wilson’s travelling groom
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