Premier Equine Storm Buster 450
- Reflective strips
- Filling in tail flap
- User friendly
- Can be used both indoors and out
- Generous neck cover
- Very large fit
- Cut too deep
- Front closure not secure
Price as reviewed:
Our reviewer loved this rug and would definitely recommend it, but she would advise trying one for size before buying if possible
The best thing about the Premier Equine Storm Buster for me is that it’s dual purpose – brilliant for those horrible nights where you want to bring the horses in without changing them into cold stable rugs. We get a lot of nights like that in Wales!
It doesn’t leave them sweating, and dries off quickly when they came in soaking wet.
The first things I noticed on getting it out of the bag were the reflective strips – handy for finding the horses in the dark – and the clips at the front, which are much quicker than buckles. It felt warm and good quality without being too heavy, which is great when you’re carrying more than one rug around.
It was quite large for the size. Both of my horses (Zara, a 16.1hh ISH and Phi, a 15.2hh Welsh Cob) normally take 6ft6 rugs but this was much too big for Zara and on the large side for Phi.
The cut is generously deep, which in this size was almost too deep even for a round type like Phi. On the other hand, I often find it difficult to get neck covers that fit Phi due to her short, fairly fat neck, but the Storm Buster has loads of room, with an elastic collar that stopped it slipping back and kept her neck covered while she grazed, although I think the elastic collar might rub the mane of a horse with thinner hair.
I liked that it has some fill in the tail flap to keep the quarters warm – being at the bottom of a valley it does get quite windy here in the worst months of the year.
The antibacterial lining was a good feature as well, as Phi is a sensitive horse and tends to get itchy under her rugs in the winter as she grows so much hair. For this reason she has a hunter clip from January, and this kept her toasty warm without an under-rug.
As an improvement I would suggest improved closure at the front of the rug; although I prefer the clips to buckles, the only back-up to these is the Velcro, which easily gets dirty and then is too clogged to really stick.
I’d definitely recommend the rug, but I’d advise trying on for size before buying if possible.
I would definitely recommend the rug, but I’d advise trying one for size before buying if possible