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A pick of the best lightweight turnouts for changeable weather


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  • Lightweight turnout rugs are an essential item in any horse’s rug wardrobe. Lightweights typically have 50–150g of insulation, but you can also get no-fill (0g) rain sheets. While lightweights are a particularly great option in the milder spring and autumn months, layering rugs throughout the year has become much more popular as it allows you to be flexible in a cost-effective way. The best lightweight turnout rugs are designed to give your horse an extra layer to help protect him from the elements, while preventing him from overheating in warmer temperatures – they are great to have on hand when the seasons are changing.

    Rugs that are both waterproof and breathable are what everyone is looking for, although different types of horses will suit particular cuts, designs and neck configurations. It’s important that these rugs can withstand a heavy and prolonged rain shower, don’t slip or rub, and can survive the wear and tear that comes with turning your horse out. There’s a lot to consider when choosing a rugjump to this section for more info on how to work out which rug is best for your horse.

    We’ve rounded up a selection of the best lightweight turnout rugs for every budget, some of which have been reviewed by our independent testers.

    Best lightweight turnout rugs (up to 150g)

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    WeatherBeeta Green-Tec 900D Detach-A-Neck Lite Plus

    Fill: 50g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 900D | Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Black/bottle green | RRP: £164.99 | Review: 10/10 |

    This WeatherBeeta rug has been created using recycled plastics for the outer and lining, meaning each rug saves over 340 plastic bottles from going into the ocean or landfill. The quick-clip front closure offers maximum adjustability and other features include twin low cross surcingles, a large, protective tail flap and removable, adjustable leg straps.

    This Weatherbeeta rug scored 10/10 as part of our independent testing scheme and was awarded H&H Approvedread the full review. Showing editor Alex Robinson said it was “one of the best turnouts I have ever owned”.

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

    Bucas Freedom lightweight turnout

    Bucas Freedom lightweight turnout

    Fill: 150g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 3ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Navy or other seasonal colours | RRP: £73 | Review: 9/10 |

    This Bucas turnout has a 600D rip-stop outer and is available in a standard, high and a full neck. This particular rug is the only one in the Bucas range that doesn’t have shoulder darts, making it a ‘slim fit’ and more suited to narrower, thoroughbred-type horses. It is also available with a full neck.

    This Bucas rug scored 9/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.

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

    Swish 50g detachable neck turnout

    Swish 50g detachable neck turnout

    Fill: 50g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 4ft3in – 7ft6in | 2022 colours: Purple, green, orange, mulberry, turqouise, mint or sky blue | RRP: £88.99 | Review: 8/10 |

    This rug gives you the flexibility of a neck cover that attaches with two double-locking Velcro pieces. It is designed to sit higher on the neck and shoulder to prevent it slipping back and rubbing. It has a 1200D ripstop outer with reflective strips on the front, rear and tail flap. It also features large shoulder gussets, cross surcingles, a tail flap and removable, elasticated leg straps. Also available with a 100g fill.

    This Swish rug scored 8/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.

    View now at amazon.co.uk

    Hy StormX Original 50 Combi turnout

    StormX Original 50 Combi turnout

    Fill: 50g | Style: Fixed neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Purple | RRP: £64.99 | Review: 8/10 |

    With a 600D waterproof rip-stop outer, this Hy turnout rug features an integrated contour neck cover with double touch-tape fastenings, twin adjustable buckle chest fastenings, adjustable cross surcingles, adjustable leg straps and a generous tail flap.

    This Hy rug scored 8/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.

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

    JHL Essential Lightweight Plus

    JHL Essential Lightweight Plus turnout rug

    Fill: 80g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Burgundy/navy | RRP: £59.99 | Review: 8/10 |

    This JHL rug has a nylon lining, with reinforced anti-rub shoulders and fully taped seams. It features adjustable and removable legs straps, gusseted tail flap, adjustable double front buckles and cross adjustable surcingles.

    This JHL rug scored 8/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.

    View now at viovet.co.uk

    Derby House Pro medium/lite standard turnout

    Derby House Pro medium/lite standard turnout

    Fill: 100g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 4ft3in – 7ft3in | Colours: Argean blue/beet red | RRP: £49.99 | Review: 8/10 |

    Constructed from a durable 1200D diamond weave outer with a PFC-free waterproof coating, this Derby House rug features double buckle and clip chest fastenings for easy adjustment and fit. It also has shoulder gussets for freedom of movement, adjustable cross surcingles, elasticated leg straps and a large tail flap.

    This Derby House rug scored 8/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.

    View now at rideawaystore.com

    Shires Tempest Original 100 turnout

    Shires Tempest Original 100 turnout

    Fill: 100g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Navy, purple lightning or teal | RRP: £59.99 |

    This fully lined Shires rug features adjustable buckle chest straps, adjustable cross surcingles and a fillet strap. The PFC-free durable water-repellent finish outer offers sustainable weather protection without the use of environmentally harmful PFCs. It is compatible with Shires rug liners.

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

    Mark Todd Autumner

    Mark Todd Autumner

    Fill: 150g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Ink/grey | RRP: From £89.99 | Review: 7/10 |

    This rug is one of the warmer lightweights in this guide at 150g polyfill. Its features include reinforced nylon anti-rub shoulders, adjustable double front buckles with quick-release clips, reflective strips and adjustable and removable leg straps. A compatible neck cover is available to purchase separately.

    This Mark Todd rug scored 7/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.

    View now at viovet.co.uk, amazon.co.uk or naylors.com

    LeMieux Arika Storm-Tek rug

    LeMieux Arika Storm-Tek rug

    Fill: 100g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Navy | RRP: £149.94 |

    This lightweight from LeMieux has been developed using a two-part patented system – the independent lower skirt delivers a break in the hemline relieving tension and allowing for a greater range of movement, while the central panel helps to self-right the rug and provides added protection. The angled front closure system evenly balances and distributes pressure, helping to prevent rubbing on the point of shoulder and across the chest. It is compatible with LeMieux liners.

    View now at equus.co.uk

    Mackey Keadeen standard lightweight

    Mackey Keadeen standard lightweight

    Fill: 100g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Navy/grey/hunter | RRP: £87.95 |

    This rug has an anti-rub 210D polyester lining, fleece wither protection and twin strap breast buckles, as well as a tail flap, detachable leg straps and cross surcingles. It also features reflective strips on the front, back and tail flap. Also available with a standard neck.

    View now at viovet.co.uk

    Rhinegold Montpelier turnout

    Rhinegold Montpelier turnout

    Fill: 150g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft3in | Colours: Black/white check | RRP: £64.95 |

    This turnout has an innovative stretchy chest and shoulder panel, which is waterproof and is designed to aid freedom of movement. The outer is made of a 600D ripstop fabric and it is closed with twin multi-adjustable buckle and trigger clip fastenings.

    View now at amazon.co.uk

    Ruggles V2 70g standard turnout

    Ruggles V2 70g standard turnout

    Fill: 70g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5–7ft | Colours: Royal purple | RRP: £76 |

    This 1200D rug has a Teflon coating for extra protection and more resistance to moisture and staining. The underside has a soft nylon lining that helps to prevent rubbing and keeps the coat smooth, while the shoulder gussets allow easier movement. The rug is fastened with double adjustable chest straps and trigger clips, features a with protector and detachable leg straps. An attachable neck is available separately and fastens to the rug with Velcro.

    View now at ebay.co.uk

    Whitaker Tanfield turnout

    Whitaker Tanfield turnout

    Fill: 50g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 1680D | Sizes: 4ft9in – 6ft9in | Colours: Red, purple or grey | RRP: £55 |

    This Whitaker rug fastens at the chest with adjustable trigger clips and four D-rings for adjustability. It also has shoulder darts, crossed surcingles and elasticated leg straps.

    View now at viovet.co.uk 

    Masta Avante Duo

    Fill: 100g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in | Colours: Cobalt | RRP: £135

    The ergonomic neck cover on this Masta rug has been designed to move with your horse and helps relieve wither pressure, while keeping close to the neck during grazing to increase protection and prevent heat loss.

    View now at amazon.co.uk

    Eskadron Alpha

    Eskadron Alpha

    Fill: 50g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 1680D | Sizes: 5ft9in – 7ft | Colours: Navy | RRP: £118.95

    This durable, breathable, dirt-repelling rug features elastic neoprene in the front leg area for comfort, fit and ease of movement. It also has a reflective tail flap, adjustable front closures with extension, and cross surcingles with belly flap.

    View now at rideawaystore.com

    Premier Equine Buster 40g turnout with classic neck cover

    Fill: 40g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 840D | Sizes: 5ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Navy or burgundy | RRP: £163 |

    This self-righting turnout is made with a 840D ballistic nylon outer and treated with a waterproofing system that helps to regulate your horse’s temperature along with keeping your horse dry and comfortable. As part of the evolution of the Buster design, an extra high shoulder gusset has been added to allow for a greater range of movement in the field. It has a fleece-lined with pad, double-locking Velcro next cover straps and is compatible with Premier Equine rug liners.

    View now at ebay.co.uk

    GS Equestrian 600D 100g waterproof turnout

    GS Equestrian 600D 100g waterproof turnout

    Fill: 100g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Black/red, navy/orange, navy/grey or black/purple | RRP: £32.95 |

    Strong and breathable, this GS Equestrian rug is cut in a classic style with a standard neck. It has a double front T-bar chest closure, adjustable cross surcingles and tail flap.

    View now at amazon.co.uk

    R&R Burghley

    Fill: 100g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 4–7ft | Colours: Burgundy | RRP: £70

    This rug has all the features you’d expect to find in a good value turnout, including a twin buckle chest fastening and deep shoulder gussets.

    Ponyo Horsewear 0g detach-a-neck turnout

    Ponyo Horsewear detach-a-neck turnout

    Fill: 50g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 3ft – 7ft3in | 2022 colours: 5 fun patterns | RRP: £73 | Review: 8/10 |

    Ponyo rugs feature a generously shaped neck cover to protect your horse in the worst of weather conditions. They also have a high-cut neckline to avoid slipping and pulling on the shoulders and a Velcro chest flap that holds everything in place. Available in a great range of fun patterns and a wide range of sizes, they will brighten up any horse’s wardrobe. The rug also features a fleece wither relief pad and detachable leg straps.

    This Ponyo rug scored 8/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.


    How to choose the best lightweight turnout rug

    There are a few things to consider when buying a new turnout rug, including…

    1. Weight – how much filling do you need? Do you need any at all?
    2. Outer shell – how tough does the rug need to be? Is your horse a known rug wrecker?
    3. Cut – do you need a neck? Are you after a particular shape?
    4. Extras – do you have a preferred type of fastening? Or would you benefit from reflective strips?

    Manufacturers are constantly innovating and introducing new features to their lightweight turnout rugs, such as shaped padding to protect the withers and new designs of shoulder gusset to allow additional freedom of movement. Choosing between neck styles – standard with no neck, detachable or integrated – is mostly down to what suits your horse best, but detachable is certainly the most versatile, allowing you to remove the neck when the weather’s a little warmer or if your horse is prone to rubbing. Many of the best lightweight turnout rugs, however, feature special anti-rub linings that should go some way to help prevent this.

    Fastenings are important because there’s nothing more annoying that having to find a spare buckle or replace your leg straps with a fillet string made of baler twine. Good quality, easy to fasten and comfortable for your horse are what you’re looking for here. Some rugs will have elasticated leg straps, while others will have clips rather than buckles at the front – have a good think about what you prefer and what will work for your horse because you’ll be using them every day.

    For an in-depth guide to choosing the best lightweight option for your horse, check out our expert guide to buying a new turnout rug.


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