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A pick of the best lightweight turnouts and rain sheets 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 and designs. 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. Or skip to our selection of the best no-fill rain sheets.

    Best lightweight turnout rugs (up to 150g)

    Bucas Atlantic 50

    Fill: 50g | Style: Standard neck | Sizes: 5ft – 7ft | Colours: Navy or Atlantic green | RRP: £169

    The Atlantic rugs have a ballistic nylon outer and silky Dermo-care lining with wicking and drying properties that helps to keep your horse dry and his coat smooth. The front has Click’n Go front closure with magnetic snap-lock to help keep the rug securely fastened. 

    For more info and stockists, visit bucas.com
    View at horze.co.uk

    Derby House Pro Medium/Lite 100g Combo turnout 

    Derby House Pro Medium/Lite 100g Combo turnout

    Fill: 50g | Style: Fixed neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Grey/turquoise | RRP: £54.99

    This rug has a double buckle neck cover with storm flap, double buckle and clip chest fastenings for easy adjustment and fit, shoulder gusset for freedom of movement, adjustable cross surcingles, elasticated leg straps and a large tail flap. It also has an eco-friendly waterproof coating.

    More info and view at derbyhousestore.com

    Horseware Rambo Summer Series 

    Horseware Rambo Summer Series

    Fill: 100g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in | Colours: Navy/grey or grey/burgundy | RRP: £85

    The mesh sides of this rug make the design a little different to most others. It has a waterproof top section and still accommodates a liner. The design has been improved to relieve with pressure, while elasticated cross surcingles offer improved fit, plus the V-front closure system removes pressure from the shoulder and chest. This Horseware rug was reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme. Read the full review

    More info at horseware.com
    View at horze.co.uk

    Mark Todd Autumner

    Fill: 150g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Ink/grey | RRP: £89.98

    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, adjustable and removable leg straps and fleece poll protection on neck cover.

    View at naylors.com

    Masta Avante Duo

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

    The ergonomic neck cover on this 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. 

    More info and view at harryhall.com

    Ponyo Horsewear detach-a-neck turnout

    Fill: 50g, 100g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 3ft – 7ft3in | Colours: 7 fun patterns | RRP: From £68

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

    More info and view at ponyo-horsewear.com

    Premier Equine Buster 50g

    Fill: 50g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 840D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in | Colours: Grey or navy | RRP: £150

    This rug is made to use with compatible liners for layering when needed. As part of the evolution of the Buster range, it now features a high shoulder gusset to allow for a greater range of movement in the field. It also has an Anti-Bacterial and anti–static lining. Also available in a standard neck.

    More info, stockists and view at premierequine.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.

    More info and view at randrcountry.co.uk

    Ruggles lightweight combo

    Fill: 50g | Style: Fixed neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5–7ft | Colours: Blue/grey check | RRP: £86

    This rug is described as extremely tough and durable. It has a Teflon coating that ensures it’s more stain- and moisture-resistant, plus as the rain beads off it is less heavy and quick to dry out. It also features an elasticated poll that helps to keep the neck in place and prevent rain and wind entering.

    More info and view at ruggles-horse-rugs.co.uk

    Shires Typhoon 100

    Fill: 100g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 8400D | Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Navy | RRP: £46.99

    This rug will take the chill off in cooler weather. It has blanket set chest fastenings, adjustable cross surcingles and tail strap.

    More info, stockists and view at shiresequestrian.com

    StormX Original Competition Ready 50

    Fill: 50g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft3in | Colours: Green/yellow | RRP: £57

    This limited edition print features showjumping, dressage and cross-country riders with horseshoes, bits and stirrups interwoven between. The rug has twin buckle chest fastenings, a fleece lined wither area, adjustable cross surcingles and leg straps. This StormX rug scored 8/10 as part of our independent testing scheme. Read the full review.  

    View at dcequestrianandpet.co.uk

    Swish 50g detachable neck turnout

    Fill: 50g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 4ft3in – 7ft6in | Colours: Pink, navy, orange, purple, peppermint or green | RRP: £85.99

    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 also has reflective strips on the front, rear and tail flap. This Swish rug scored 8/10 as part of our independent testing scheme. Read the full review.  

    More info at swish-equestrian.co.uk
    View at amazon.co.uk

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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: £154.99

    This 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.

    More info and view at weatherbeeta.co.uk
    Also available at viovet.co.uk

    Best no-fill rain sheets (0g) 

    Bucas Sun Shower best lightweight turnout rugs

    Bucas Sun Shower

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Sizes: 5–7ft | Colours: Silver | RRP: £91

    This rug has no lining, but only a mesh to help circulate the air underneath the rug – this is the same mesh that is used in the Buzz-Off Rain rugs. The rug has attachment points for a neck, but this is sold separately. This Bucas rug scored 9/10 as part of our independent testing scheme. Read the full review.

    More info and stockists at bucas.com
    View at viovet.co.uk or horze.co.uk

    Derby House Elite detach-a-neck turnout

    Derby House Elite detach-a-neck turnout

    Fill: 0g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1680D | Sizes: 5–7ft | Colours: Navy or Atlantic green | RRP: £62.99

    This turnout is described as designed to last. It is a strong 1680D liner-compatible shell, which means rather than having to have lots of different rugs for every time the weather changes you can instead add or remove a liner as required. It has a shaped, detachable neck with fleece poll pad and storm flap. This Derby House rug scored 9/10 as part of our independent testing scheme and it was awarded H&H Approved statusRead the full review.

    More info and view at derbyhousestore.com

    Felix Bühler Timeless Elegance high-neck turnout rug review

    Felix Bühler Timeless Elegance high-neck turnout

    Fill: 0g | Style: High neck | Outer: 1260D | Colours: Green lake or navy | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | RRP: £90.90

    This high-neck turnout is described as waterproof and breathable, and is made of tear-resistant 1260D ripstop material in a classic checked look, with leather-look piping and embossed imitation leather badges. It features a shoulder gusset for optimum freedom of movement and a smooth lining. It has a practical double front fastening with two snap hooks, adjustable cross surcingles, tail flap and tail cord. This Felix Bühler rug was reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme. Read the full review.

    More info and view at kramer.co.uk

    Horseware Amigo AmEco 12 Plus Turnout Lite

    Fill: 0g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in | Colours: Teal/grey | RRP: £164.95

    This turnout is made from a recycled fabric called rPET, which is made from recycled plastic bottles. It’s strong and durable as other rug fabrics, but a more sustainable solution. The rug also features the disc front closure and Surefit neck design, which helps to avoid rubbing, three surcingles and reflective strips. It is liner compatible and available in other weights.  

    Find stockists at horseware.com
    View at horze.co.uk

    Hug Blankets best lightweight turnout rugs

    Hug Blankets turnout

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 2520D | Sizes: 3ft6in – 7ft3in | Colours: Blue | RRP: £149.99

    This rug is new to the UK market. It is designed with an overlapping chest panel that moves with your horse in order to minimise shoulder rubs and wither pressure. It is described as ideal for muscled horses, performance horses and hard-to-fit horses. Detachable necks are available separately.

    More info and view at theyard-equine.co.uk

    Mackey Equi-sential lightweight turnout rug

    Mackey Equisential light

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5–7ft | Colours: Navy/red | RRP: £62.95

    This rug is simple with no frills – it features a blanket set front closure and has an adjustable cord at the tail.

    View stockists at mackey.ie
    View at equisupermarket.co.uk

    Mark Todd best lightweight turnout rugs

    Mark Todd lightweight turnout

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Navy/beige | RRP: From £74.98

    Features of this rug include reinforced nylon anti-rub shoulders, a gusseted tail flap for maximum protection, adjustable double front buckles with quick-release clips, adjustable and removable leg straps and fleece wither protection.

    View at viovet.co.uk

    Masta Vento best lightweight turnout rugs

    Masta Vento lightweight

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft6in | Colours: Navy | RRP: £69.95

    This rug has an anti-rub polyester lining twin front surcingle fastenings, adjustable belly straps and fillet string allows a quick and secure fit. There are spare D rings if you would like to add your own leg straps. An earlier version of this Masta rug scored 6/10 as part of our independent testing scheme. Read the full review

    More info and view at harryhall.com

    Ponyo Horsewear 0g detach-a-neck turnout best lightweight turnout rugs

    Ponyo Horsewear 0g detach-a-neck turnout

    Fill: 0g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 3ft – 7ft3in | Colours: 7 fun patterns | RRP: From £59

    These 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.

    More info and view at ponyo-horsewear.com

    Premier Equine Buster Zero with classic neck cover best lightweight turnouts

    Premier Equine Buster Zero with classic neck cover

    Fill: 0g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 840D | Sizes: 5ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Navy, green or burgundy | RRP: £144

    This is Premier Equine’s best-selling turnout. It is compatible with rug liners for layering and features the Buster extra-high shoulder gusset to allow your horse a great range of movement. It also has an antibacterial, anti-static polyester lining.

    More info, stockists and view at premierequine.co.uk

    QHP fleece-lined turnout review

    QHP fleece-lined turnout rug

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Colours: 5 | Sizes: 4ft1in – 7ft1in | RRP: £79.95

    This fleece-lined turnout rug is a strong, waterproof and breathable rug. Although this rug doesn’t come with a neck, there are D-rings already fitted so that you can attach one. It also features quick-closures on the front, cross-surcingles, elastic leg straps and a large tail flap. This QHP rug scored 8/10 as part of our independent testing scheme. Read the full review.

    View at eqclusive.com

    Ruggles V2 standard turnout best lightweight turnout rugs

    Ruggles V2 standard turnout

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5–7ft | Colours: Navy, plum red or Hawaiian blue | RRP: £64

    This rug has a Teflon coating that ensures it’s more stain- and moisture-resistant. It also has a wither protector, double adjustable check straps with quick-release clips and reflective strips to make your horse easier to locate in the dark. It has neck attachments and matching necks can be purchased separately.

    More info and view at ruggles-horse-rugs.co.uk

    Shires Typhoon Lite best lightweight turnout rugs

    Shires Typhoon Lite

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 840D | Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Green | RRP: £42.99

    This rug is brand new for 2021. It features blanket set chest fastenings, adjustable surcingles and fillet string. It is also available with a standard neck.

    More info and view at shiresequestrian.com

    StormX Original Thelwell turnout best lightweight turnout rugs

    StormX Original Thelwell turnout

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 3ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Navy/red | RRP: £54.99

    This rug features characters from the timeless classic Thelwell collection. It has twin adjustable buckle chest fastenings, a fleece-lined wither area, adjustable cross surcingles, adjustable leg straps and a generous tail flap.

    View at manorequestrian.co.uk

    Swish 0g detachable neck turnout best lightweight turnout rugs

    Swish 0g detachable neck turnout

    Fill: 0g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 4ft3in – 7ft6in | Colours: Pink, navy, orange, purple, peppermint or green | RRP: £83.99

    This rug has liner attachments, which makes it really handy. It comes with a detachable neck and is designed to sit higher on the neck and shoulders to prevent it from slipping back and rubbing.

    More info at swish-equestrian.co.uk
    View at amazon.co.uk

    Weatherbeeta lightweight turnout rug

    WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Plus Dynamic Lite

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Blue, orange/blue or purple/black | RRP: £89.99

    This rug has all the extra features that make your life easier and your horse more comfortable. It has a memory foam wither relief pad, Ezi-Clip front closure and Weatherbeeta’s new temperature gauge badge that allows your to easily identify the weight. It has attachments for a neck, which you can purchase separately. New colours coming this spring.

    More info, stockists and view at weatherbeeta.co.uk

    Yaris Easy rain sheet

    Fill: 0g | Style: Fixed neck | Outer: 300D | Sizes: S–L | Colours: Navy, but can be customised | RRP: £65

    This rug is designed to be used on show days rather than as a turnout rug. It’s a single-layer waterproof cover with a simple belly strap and two neck ties. It comes in a drawstring bag so is ideal for storing in the lorry.

    More info and view at yarisequestrian.co.uk


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    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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