Exercise sheets for all seasons – and in all styles

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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 (making them one of the best hi viz options for horses). Both of these features are particularly handy if you hack a lot, especially on a dull wintery days. If you’re specifically looking for a hi viz option, we’ve grouped these together for you – jump down to the best hi viz exercise sheets.

    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.

    Best exercise sheets for chilly mornings

    Mark Todd waterproof exercise sheet

    Mark Todd Waterproof Exercise Sheet

    Colours: Navy
    Sizes: 4ft6in – 5ft
    RRP: £44.99
    H&H Review: 9/10

    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.

    Read H&H’s independent Mark Todd Waterproof Exercise Sheet review.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk

    WeatherBeeta Thermocell quarter sheet

    WeatherBeeta Thermocell Quarter Sheet

    Colours: Navy/white
    Sizes: XS–XL
    RRP: £54.99

    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.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, gsequestrian.co.uk or gooutdoors.co.uk

    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.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk

    LeMieux Arika Exercise Sheet

    LeMieux Arika Exercise Sheet

    Colours: Navy
    Sizes: S–XL
    RRP: £49.95

    Developed to protect the horse’s coat from the elements and prevent chills during warm up or hacking, this exercise she is cut to wrap around the saddle and under the saddle flap, providing clearance for uninterrupted movement of your leg. It has a waterproof outer and a micro fleece lining that work together to disperse sweat and provide a barrier from rain, helping to regulate and keep horses dry.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.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.
    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk 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.

    In the UK? 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.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk or gsequestrian.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.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.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.

    In the UK? View now at ebay.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.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk

    Best hi viz exercise sheets for horses

    WeatherBeeta reflective wrap around exercise sheet

    WeatherBeeta Reflective Wrap Around Exercise Sheet

    Colours: Silver/black
    Sizes: XS–XL
    RRP: £94.99

    This reflective exercise sheet from Weatherbeeta is a showerproof, breathable and sits around the saddle. It has touch-tape closures at the wither and around the chest allow for easy put on and take off, and is complete with tail flap and tail cord.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.ukviovet.co.uk, gsequestrian.co.uk or naylors.com

    Shires Equi-Flector waterproof exercise sheet

    Shires Equi-Flector Waterproof Exercise Sheet

    Colours: Yellow, pink or orange
    Sizes: 48–60in
    RRP: £55.99

    Ideal for cold weather exercising, this waterproof exercise sheet is lined with warm fleece. It fits around the saddle or over the riders legs, and features reflective strips, tail flap, girth guides, touch close fastening and fillet string.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk 

    Equisafety Polite mesh quarter rug hi viz for horses

    Equisafety Polite Mesh Quarter Rug

    Colours: Yellow
    Sizes: Extra-small pony – extra-full
    RRP: £45.99

    A great option for the summer – or anytime of year if you have a particularly hair horse – this lightweight mesh rug from Equisafety is designed to keep your horse cool, while the bright colours also help to reflect the sun’s rays. It has two adjustable attachment clips as well as Velcro girth attachments and a fillet string.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk 

    Shires Equi-Flector mesh exercise sheet hi viz for horses

    Shires Equi-Flector Mesh Exercise Sheet

    Colours: Yellow or orange
    Sizes: 48–60in
    RRP: £23.99

    This lightweight, breathable exercise sheet from Shires is another good option for the warmer weather. It features reflective strips either side at the rear and on the tail flap, and it fits around the saddle, secured with a touch-close fastening at the wither and via girth guides, retaining straps and fillet string.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, gsequestrian.co.uk or naylors.com

    Hy Silva Flash exercise sheet

    Hy Silva Flash Exercise Sheet

    Colours: Silver/black
    Sizes: 4ft6in – 5ft
    RRP: £49.99

    This waterproof exercise sheet creates a dazzling white glow when subjected to light, creating optimum visibility. With front touch tape fastenings to secure around your saddle, it is cut away to allow your leg to sit close to the horse and has a fillet string to secure the back.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk 

    Equisafety Mercury wraparound rug 

    Equisafety Mercury Wraparound Rug

    Colours: Yellow, pink or orange
    Sizes: XS show pony – extra-full
    RRP: £84.99

    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.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, gsequestrian.co.uk or naylors.com

    Hy Reflector exercise sheet

    Hy Reflector Exercise Sheet

    Colours: Yellow, pink or orange
    Sizes: 4ft6in – 5ft
    RRP: £41.99

    This fleece-lined exercise sheet is complete with a tail flap to ensure excellent visibility from behind. It has reflective piping around the edges and a double reflective strip on both sides and across the tail flap. It is cut away to fit snugly around the saddle, shaped around the front to enable the rider’s leg to sit close to the horse’s side and fastened with touch tape around the front of the saddle. Also available as a mesh exercise sheet.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk 

    Harrison Howard Focal Max exercise sheet

    Harrison Howard Focal Max Exercise Sheet

    Colours: Fluorescent green, navy, black, blue, red, pink or purple
    Sizes: Cob, full or extra-full
    RRP: £14.99

    Available in a wide range of colours – some offering more visibility than others – with highly reflective strips on each side, this exercise sheet has a fleece stay-put lining. It attached to the girth straps with touch-tape fastenings and has a fillet string at the back.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk

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