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13 exercise sheets worth a look at before winter arrives


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  • The best exercise sheets for horses are designed to keep your horse’s back warm and dry while you’re warming up, cooling down or out hacking – usually if he’s clipped. Some exercise sheets are waterproof, while others are available in hi-viz colours, which is particularly handy if you hack a lot. There are a range of different designs, too – some sit under the saddle, while others fit around it, which makes them easier to put on and take off, and some also sit over the saddle. Exercise sheets are often cut away at the front to allow a better leg contact and many are secured with touch-tape fastenings

    Here’s a selection of the best exercise sheets (listed alphabetically) we think you should take a closer look at…

    Hy DefenceX System Cool Control exercise sheet

    DefenceX System Cool Control exercise sheet

    Colours: Navy/red | Sizes: 4ft6in – 5ft | RRP: £59.99 |

    This exercise sheet made by Hy is designed with an insulating layer and made from a high performance, quilted, moisture-wicking fabric. It also has a touch-tape fastening at the front for easy fitting and fillet string for a secure fit.

    View now at viovet.co.uk

    Equiport waterproof over rider rug

    Equiport waterproof over rider rug

    Colours: 9 colours, plus further piping and binding colours | Sizes: 5ft6in – 6ft9in | RRP: £79 |

    This exercise sheet from Equiport fits around the saddle and covers your horse’s back, while leaving the saddle exposed. The waterproof exterior is lined with soft fleece, and the wrap-around style secures with Velcro. It is available in many different piping and binding options, and can be embroidered with names or logos.

    Equisafety Mercury wraparound rug 

    Equisafety Mercury wraparound rug 

    Colours: Yellow, pink or orange | Sizes: XS show pony – extra-full | RRP: £79.99 |

    Using technically advanced reflective, soft-touch fabric, this Equisafety rug is lightweight, breathable and 100% waterproof with taped seams. The fabric is not rip-stop so is susceptible to brambles, barbed wire or tree branches, but it is highly reflective. It has an adjustable, removable neck band, tail guard, leg straps and girth vent.

    View now at equus.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, naylors.com, elandlodge.com or viovet.co.uk

    Finer Equine Ride-On exercise sheet

    Finer Equine Ride-On exercise sheet

    Colours: Navy or hi-viz yellow | Sizes: S–L | RRP: From £145 |

    This exercise sheet from Finer Equine combines a contoured saddle cover with an exercise sheet and is suitable for use in British Dressage competition warm ups. It has a slip-resistant outer material and is available in summer or winter weight. The summer weight is highly breathable and lined with netting to aid airflow, while the winter weight has a faux sheepskin lining.

    View now at amazon.co.uk

    Horseware Amigo Reflectech competition sheet

    Horseware Amigo Reflectech competition sheet

    Colours: Grey/black | Sizes: S–XL | RRP: £131.95 |

    Ideal for use during low-light conditions, this Horseware exercise sheet has a reflective yarn woven into the 1200D outer as well as reflective strips on the front and back. The outer is waterproof and breathable, while the lining is antibacterial, anti-static and shine enhancing. Front and back reflective strips for additional illumination. It has a contoured shape with elasticated front closure and tail flap for protection against the elements. 

    View now at sportsdirect.com

    Mark Todd waterproof exercise sheet

    Mark Todd waterproof exercise sheet

    Colours: Navy | Sizes: 4ft6in – 5ft | RRP: £44.99 |

    Made from 600D ripstop fabric, this rug has a fleece lining and hook and loop wither fastening. It is cut away at the girth to ensure you can maintain good leg contact. It also features reflective piping and twin reflective strips, a large tail flap and fillet string. This Mark Todd exercise sheet scored 9/10 as part of our independent testing scheme and was awarded ‘Best In Test’ and ‘Best Value’read the full review.

    View now at viovet.co.uk, rideawaystore.com or equus.co.uk

    Premier Equine Stratus exercise sheet

    Premier Equine Stratus exercise sheet

    Colours: Black, powder blue or orange | Sizes: M–XL | RRP: £68 |

    Made with a waterproof 1200D diamond ripstop outer and a 280g bonded stay-dry lining, this Premier Equine exercise sheet is lightweight, breathable and will help wick away moisture while keeping your horse warm and dry in cold conditions. It is cut to fit around the saddle so you can put it on or remove it while on board. It also features various reflective elements to improve visibility when out in low light conditions. 

    View now at ebay.co.uk

    Rhinegold embroidered fleece cutaway ride-on rug

    Rhinegold embroidered fleece cutaway ride-on rug

    Colours: Navy | Sizes: Pony – extra-full | RRP: £24.50 |

    Made from anti-pill fleece with touch-tape fastening at the front of the saddle to keep it in place, this Rhinegold exercise sheet is finished with metallic rope twin binding and rope design at the quarters.

    View now at ebay.co.uk

    Shires Tempest Original fleece exercise sheet

    Shires Tempest Original fleece exercise sheet

    Colours: Newmarket stripe | Sizes: 48–60in | RRP: £24.99 |

    The wicking properties of fleece make this Shires exercise sheet ideal for cool weather exercising without the risk of overheating. It is lightweight and quick drying, and includes girth loops and a fillet string.

    Thermatex QR 

    Thermatex QR 

    Colours: 26 colours, including 3 hi-viz colours | Sizes: 4ft6in – 5ft | RRP: £75.30 |

    Described as the ultimate winter comfort rug, this Thermatex quarter sheet is made of the same material as the Thermatex coolers. It is secured with Velcro straps that attach to the girth straps or the stirrup keepers on monoflap saddles. Another version of this Thermatex rug scored 8/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.

    WeatherBeeta Thermocell quarter sheet 

    WeatherBeeta Thermocell quarter sheet 

    Colours: Navy/white | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £44.99 |

    This versatile quarter sheet from Weatherbeeta has an ultra-soft feel and multi-layer fabric that has excellent wicking properties. It features touch-tape straps that attach to the girth straps on the saddle.

    View now at viovet.co.uk or equus.co.uk

    Whitaker Rothwell roll-up rain sheet

    Whitaker Rothwell roll-up rain sheet

    Colours: Navy | Sizes: S–L | RRP: £39.50

    Although not a traditional exercise sheet, this roll-up rain sheet from Whitaker is a handy ‘throw-on-and-go’ waterproof shell that is ideal for use when it starts to rain at a show.  It has a single removable surcingle, stirrup leather holes for use when riding, two Velcro straps on the neck and one on the chest, and comes in a handy storage bag. The sizes cover 5ft3in – 7ft.

    View now at viovet.co.uk

    Yaris waterproof exercise sheet

    Yaris waterproof exercise sheet

    Colours: Black, navy, bottle green or royal green | Sizes: 3ft9in – 5ft3in | RRP: £55 |

    This Yaris sheet has a cutaway design that allows full freedom of movement. It is made from hard-wearing 300D waterproof polyester and is fully lined with anti-pill polar fleece, while Velcro straps at the wither and a cord fillet string make it easy to take on and off. There are a range of colour options for the binding and piping and the rug can also be embroidered.


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