On the ninth day of Christmas…

  • Can a horse have too many rugs? The HHO team doesn’t think so and brings you a selection of nine different rugs to cope with every eventuality. This really is the ultimate wardrobe for your equine partner.

    The Fal Pro Viking – heavyweight turnout

    This breathable, waterproof and windproof turnout rug is made from a 1000 denier ballistic nylon outer and has 400g insulation with an anti-rub nyon lining and removable neck cover to keep your horse warm on the frostiest winter days. At around £250 it’s not cheap, but your horse is sure to thank you for it when the winter is at its worst. Contact (tel: 01670 357300).

    Masta Turnoutmasta – middleweight turnout

    Made from a double ripstop, waterproof and breathable 600 denier polyester outer fabric, the Masta Turnoutmasta offers everything that you could want from a middleweight turnout rug. Features include shoulder action gussets, rear darts, twin fully adjustable front buckles with a velcro fastening strip, removable leg straps and a fleecy wither pad. Filled with a 6oz/170g thermal insulating filling and lined with cotton, at around £55 it is an ideal turnout rug for the average winter day. Contact (tel: 01274 711101).

    Shires Summer Typhoon – lightweight turnout

    The Shires Summer Typhoon is made from a 1200 denier rip stop fabric with no back seam, front leg gussets, cross surcingles, leg straps, two front breast straps and a tail flap. It has no filling so it is perfect for keeping your horse dry on those warm but wet days and costs around £50-£60 depending on size. Contact (tel: 01568 613600).

    Mark Todd Ultimate – heavyweight stable

    Keep out those winter chills in the stable with the cosy Mark Todd Ultimate Stable rug. Made from tough polyprolene 1200 outer material, with a 400g filling, it features reinforced nylon anti-rub shoulders, adjustable front buckles with a quick release clip, cross surcingles and a fillet string. Costs around £75. Contact (tel: 08706 074466).

    Horseware’s Rhino Original – middleweight stable

    If you are looking for a tough middleweight stable rug, Horseware’s Rhino Original is the ideal purchase, thanks to its durable outer shell, 200g fibre filling and polycotton lining. Costs around £95. Contact (tel: 00 353 42 938 9000).

    Weatherbeeta Jasper – lightweight stable

    The lightweight Jasper rug from Weatherbeeta is made from a 210 denier nylon outer with 110g polyfill, polycotton lining, nylon lined shoulders, fleece wither pad, low cross surcingles, chest strap and a fillet string. This rug is great for coping with seasonal changes and costs less than £30. Contact (tel: 01295 269900).

    Original Thermatex – wicking cooler rug

    If you really want to treat your horse, why not buy the ultimate cooler rug from Thermatex. The Original Thermatex Horse Rug uses a high performance quilted wicking fabric, with a polypropylene insulating layer, wither pad, fillet loops, single binding and double front closure. The rug is machine washable, which makes it easy to care for, and costs around £80. Contact (tel: 01239 614648).

    Equenox – exercise sheet

    Equenox uses hollow fibre fleece for its stylish golden stripe exercise sheets, which have flat seams for maximum comfort for your horse. The edges are bound with lycra to enable it to mould to your horses shape. Costs around £50. Contact (tel: 01786 822282).

    Kingshead Delta Duvet – under rug

    For additional warmth under your rugs on the coldest days the Delta Duvet from Kingshead is a great choice. With a cotton outer and 200g polyester filling your horse stays snug from top to toe, while a breast strap, velcro fastenings at the neck and a rear fillet string keep the rug in place. Costs around £35. Contact (tel: 01539 720013).

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