This tough, high performance stable rug with optional neck cover proves a big hit with our tester

The Penine Stable Rug from Lavenham has an attractive open diamond pattern and comes in two weights, the Penine 270g and the Penine 400g. Both feature a tough high tenacity, 6oz nylon outer and a heavy duty 100% cotton lining.

Also included in the Penine range is the Penine Senior, made to the same specification as the otherbut has been designed with the older equine in mind. It features a 4oz nylon outer and a nylon lining to prevent rub marks.

All three rugs feature the classic Lavenham wrap around fit and feature detachable cross surcingales with saver, double breast straps, fillet string and quilted tail flap. They also have three D rings onto which the matching neck cover can be attached.

Available in sizes 5’9 to 7’0.

Cost at around £130 for the Penine 400 (£56 for neck cover).

Contact Lavenham (tel: 01787 379535) or visit www.lavenhamhorserugs.com

Tester’s Comments

“I liked everything about this rug especially the bright, royal blue colour. Owning a 17.1hh middleweight can mean that some rugs are not always deep enough to cover the belly and flanks but this rug was a lovely deep fit and was also generously cut across the chest.

“The detachable straps are a great idea and the saver is great for making surethe straps don’t go walk about. It is lovely and warm and even when it has been really cold, Trooper has only needed a summer sheet underneath and the matching neck cover.

“My only criticism is that it is quite heavy to throw over, but then itis a big rug for a big horse!

“Although £130 sounds quite a lot for a stable rug, Trooper usually wears two or three so if you add up the price of all of them and compare them against the Lavenham it is actually good value.”