Reduce the risk of your horse breaking out by using one of these fleece sweat rugs. They have great wicking properties, fit comfortably and are breathable as well as keeping your horse warm

After work your horse may look hot and sweaty, it is very important that moisture can be pulled away from the skin but not allowing your horse to get chilled. Also, on a cold winters day putting rug on a wet horse that doesn’t allow the moisture to escape will cause him to break out into a cool sweat. Therefore, when you are looking for rug to use on a wet horse on a cold day it is very important that the rug can wick moisture away from a horse’s coat but still be thick enough to keep him warm. These rugs are also great for your horse to travel in or stand in a competition as they can keep your horse at a regular temperature even if your horseboxes or trailer heats up or cools down or the weather varies at your event.

Fenwick EquSuede fleece

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This highly effective heavier weight cooler is chic looking with its suede-texture outer, yet really easy to clean. It’s breathable, wicks away moisture and is cut to contour the shape of the horse’s back. It can be used as a travel rug, cooler or stable rug and comes with multiple adjustable front clips, single belly strap and fillet string.
RRP: £138
Visit: www.shadowhorse.co.uk

Weatherbeeta Polar fleece cooler rug

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Versatile, breathable and wickable fleece rug with anti-pill finish.There are nylon lined shoulders to help prevent rubbing and stretching. It is ideal for travelling, cooling or as an under rug. This rug has a standard neck with 420 denier nylon overlay at the shoulders to help prevent stretching and rubbing.
RRP: from £21.99
Visit: www.equestrian.com.

Felix Bühler Lara cooler rug

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A terrific cooler rug available in eight gorgeous colours. This rug includes a practical collar, removable surcingle and piping in a contrasting colour. Reinforced with coat-friendly nylon at the shoulders for extra comfort.
RRP: £54.90
Visit: www.kramer.co.uk

Mark Todd Deluxe fleece rug

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This sumptuous rug is manufactured in cosy polar fleece fabric that wicks moisture away from the horse and helps retain warmth, making it ideal for travelling, shows and everyday use.
RRP: £65.99
Visit: www.olddairysaddlery.co.uk

BR Classic Breeze sweat rug

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The rug is ideal for the cold season and prevents the horse from cooling down too quickly after exercise. Perfect for travelling and competitions as well. The lightweight rug dries quickly, is very soft and provides a perfect fit thanks to its anatomic shape.
RRP: €74.95
Visit: www.br.nl

Thermo Master Cooler rug with collar

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Functional and beautiful, this high quality fleece cooler rug has a a soft collar, excellent sweat-wicking properties and an anti-pilling finish. Wicks moisture efficiently to the outside, where it evaporates. With a double front closure, cross surcingles and a tail cord.
RRP: £44.90
Visit: www.kramer.co.uk

Comfort Zone Lapel rug

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Since its launch the lapel rug has proved a winner in many disciplines. Used as an under rug, travel rug or cooler the lapel rug is extremely versatile. It has thermal and wicking qualities to help wick away moisture through a top layer whilst the fleece inner layer allows air to flow so keeping the horse warm and dry.
RRP: from £63.29
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WeatherBeeta Thermic Quilt cooler

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Multi-layered polyester knit outer with ultra-soft hand feel that is highly absorbent. Easily wicks away moisture to help keep your horse comfortable and dry. Features adjustable twin front chest closure, satin lined shoulders, low cross surcingles and a fillet string
RRP: £59.99
Visit: www.weatherbeeta.co.uk

Masta Avante fleece rug

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Soft, warm and versatile, with a smart contrast trim and extra protection at the wither. It is generously cut, as one expects with Masta rugs. Comes in navy or graphite in a full range of sizes, with a fixed neck version available too.
RRP: £30
Visit: www.masta.co.uk

And don’t forget the dog…

Equafleece dog jumper

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Ideal for all-over coverage against the wind and rain, and for wrapping up warm at night. Your dog will be so dry and cosy he won’t want to take it off. The sleeves ensure a comfortable and even fit, insulating the joints without any tension across the shoulders. The Equafleece dog jumper is the ideal drying tool, wicking any wet patches away from the dog’s coat. For the working dog who is cold and wet through, this is the perfect garment to restore core body temperature and dry off quickly.
RRP: £15 to £51 depending on the size
Visit: www.equafleece.co.uk