Things to look for in the perfect horse rug:
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Let’s be honest: horses are big, strong animals. They can make a mess of things if given the chance, and we all know how much damage it can take just to put a rug on them. If you have a horse that’s particularly stubborn about wearing rugs or blankets (or if you have multiple horses), then buying lightweight rugs will be your best bet in ensuring that they stay intact for as long as possible.
You might think that this would also mean they’re better at keeping the cold out, but in reality it comes down to how well-made they are. You want something with high-quality materials that won’t tear easily or come apart at the seams when your horse starts messing around too much. The last thing you want is for one of those threads to break off and get stuck in their mouth while eating!
Another important feature to look for in a blanket is waterproofing. This can be accomplished by using waterproof materials, such as Gore-Tex or PVC, in the construction of your blanket. A good waterproof material will keep your horse dry even if he sweats heavily during exercise or when it rains.
Another way to ensure that your horse stays dry is by looking for blankets with waterproof zippers and seams. Make sure these are constructed well so that there is no chance of moisture seeping through to the interior of your blanket where it could potentially cause harm to your horse’s skin.
Lastly, be sure that all seams are sewn with waterproof thread so that water cannot run along the seam line and leak into the inner lining of your blanket (where it may get trapped against his skin).
- Breathable. Horse rugs should be designed to allow sweat to escape, not trap cool air in. The material should also be breathable and allow free airflow.
- Allowing your horse the opportunity to cool down when they need it is a great way to prevent overheating.
The most important thing to consider when buying a horse rug is the fit. If you don’t get the correct size for your horse, then it won’t be as effective in keeping him warm and dry.
The first thing you should do is look at the sizing guide provided by each manufacturer. This will tell you which size of rug suits your particular horse’s measurements. Next, check that all straps and fastenings are secure and none of them are rubbing anywhere on your horse’s body or legs (this can cause sores). Make sure that the rug matches your animal’s shape as well—if he has a high neck or low withers, make sure to buy something with extra coverage there. Finally, measure both front legs and back legs individually—if you find that one measurement varies significantly from another (e.g., front right leg is 24 inches long while left front measures 22), try matching up those measurements with different brands until one fits both ends perfectly!
If all else fails here (and even if it doesn’t) make sure that you measure from top edge down along shoulder blades towards tail end; this gives us idea how much length we need added onto tail end so there isn’t bunching behind fetlocks!
When it comes to horse rugs, there are a few things you should look for. The first item on this list is a neck cover. If you’re going to be riding in cold weather, a neck cover is crucial. Not only does it keep your horse warm, but it also protects him from rain and wind (and all the other things that cause his skin to dry out).
If you live in an area where flies are prevalent during the summer months, then it’s important that you have a good fly sheet or fly mask so he can stay protected while working with you on the farm or practicing in the ring.
With the right materials and size, you can keep your horse comfortable and dry all year round.
If you want to make sure your horse is comfortable and safe all year round, it’s important to choose a rug that fits properly. There are several factors to consider when choosing the right size blanket for your horse:
- Your horse’s body shape and breed. Some horses have long, thin legs or flat-chested bodies. Other breeds have larger chests or shoulders compared to their smaller hindquarters.
- Your climate and weather patterns in your region of the country. If you live somewhere cold, heavy blankets will help keep them warm; if you live somewhere hot, lightweight blankets will help prevent overheating from occurring even if there’s not much cloud cover on a summer day (because they can reflect sunlight).
- Whether or not your pasture has trees/shrubs around it where the blanket could get caught up in branches while grazing outside during fall/winter months – this would be particularly problematic if it happened at night time when visibility may already be low due to darkness!