Having pets means that we are responsible for keeping them comfortable and happy throughout their lives and horses are no different. It is important to know how to best care for your hoofed friends all year round. When it comes to horsewear, things can get confusing. With a range of horse turnout rugs, stable rugs, and fleeces available, you might be wondering which is the right one? We’ve listed the 5 best rugs for this year below.
- Rugs for summer
Rugs are still important even in the warmer summer/autumn months. Lightweight rugs will provide your horse with additional heat if they are unable to keep moving, but also keep them clean and dust-free. Because of this, they can be used to protect your freshly groomed horse before a competition. `For example, the 100g lightweight PP rub has a built-in tail flap which allows for extra protection from stable stains. They are also great for keeping your horse protected from any rain showers.
- Reflective Middleweight Rugs For Autumn
Middleweight rugs are a step up from summer rugs. They help to generate heat for your horse when they are in their stable. They are suitable to be used on hardier horses when the colder months arrive, either on their own or as an underlayer for clipped ponies or in particularly cold winter weather. These middleweight rugs are complete with reflective strips to make sure your horse is visible when the darker nights begin and come with many benefits including being tough and durable as well as stain-resistant.
- Fleece collar rugs
Heavyweight rugs are essential for the cold months when your horse needs to be kept cosy. Adding a fleece collar will provide added warmth and a smart and finished look.
These heavyweight rugs have a soft nylon lining to prevent rubbing and help to keep your horse’s coat smooth. They have adjustable straps to ensure it fits securely and comfortably, also making them easy to put on. These rugs are machine washable so there is no problem with your horse wearing it in a muddy field when turning out in wintery conditions.
- Versatile stable rugs – 250g Stable rug with detachable neck
This middleweight rug is an example of a versatile alternative to the previously mentioned reflective rug. This stable rug has a detachable neck section and would be perfect to use as an additional layer, or as a rug in the autumn. The removable neck has double fastening ensuring that it is kept secure if you decide to add it on. This rug also allows for freer movement.
- Horse cooler rugs
Cooler rugs are great when it comes to keeping your horse cool, whether that’s on a hot summer’s day or after exercising. The lining allows moisture to be wicked away and the mesh added to the bottom allows for breathability and air circulation. These rugs have tail flaps and shoulder gussets added so that your horse has freer movement and helps to prevent rubbing.