Horses & Rugs Pt. 2

Horses are man’s most reliable beasts of transport. However, the comfort during riding is best achieved by a cool turnout rug. These rugs come in different styles and colors. Each has specifications that can serve your horse for a number of uses. Therefore, it is essential that you get the details of turnout rugs to go for what fits you perfectly.

Here are some basic considerations to bear in mind when choosing a turnout rug:

The style of make

The appearance of the rug on the back of a horse gives an impression even from afar. There is a handful of different styles of rugs that you should take note of when searching. When choosing a rug, have in mind how much of the horse’s back do you intend to cover. Standard rugs cover the whole body of the horse excluding the hairs and the neck up.



The rug’s weight

Weight is an important element in the selection of a turnout rug. And to allow you choose what suits you best, they come in three different weights:


  • If you intend to keep your horse dry and clean while it’s out in the field, it’s advisable you use the lightweight rugs. These turnout rugs have linings of polyester or cotton and are generally waterproof. In order to maintain their light weight, these rugs lack the inner filling. They are best for autumn and spring climates.
  • Medium weight rugs have a substantial amount of inner filling in them. The linings weight is similar to that of duvets we use at home to cover ourselves. These rugs are best for the winter season. However, there are some horses that can survive comfortably with these rugs during the whole of the winter season.
  • Observe the reaction of your horse during the cold seasons. If the horse appears to be affected by the cold, you may have to use the heavyweight turnout rugs. They tend to have a heavier inner filling to provide a cushion from cold and ensure warmth. Your horse will feel better.



The type of material used

The design of turnout rugs is always aimed at ensuring the material is waterproof. For this, they are often made of tough synthetic fibers which ensure they are sturdy. Turnout rugs are perforated to allow air movement and keep the horse’s skin dry from sweat. Technology has served us with better materials at our disposal. The traditional, heavy and waxy turnout rugs are no longer in use.

The rating of the rug

Turnout rugs are gauged by the denier rating. This rating is in accordance with the strength of the outer cover material. Look out for a number marking that is followed by letter D. Tougher materials generally have higher ratings. Nowadays, turnout rugs are generally tough due to technological advancement.

If you leave your horse unattended, you will suffer the repercussions. However, taking good care of your horse will equally ensure that you get the best services. Remember this and you are good to go.


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