Rug weights

As the tem­per­a­ture drops, choos­ing the best rug to suit be­comes a daily dilemma. Our guide will help you de­cide which one to use when

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Con­fus­ing rug jar­gon de­mys­ti­fied

LIGHT­WEIGHT OR MEDIUM? Neck cover or no neck cover? The art of rug­ging is con­fus­ing, but with a clearer un­der­stand­ing of how your horse stays warm, you’ll be bet­ter equipped to choose the most ap­pro­pri­ate rugs for him. “Just be­cause you’re wear­ing a jacket to the yard on a chilly au­tumn morn­ing, this doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean your horse is feel­ing the drop in tem­per­a­ture too,” ex­plains sci­en­tific and equine con­sul­tant Dr David Mar­lin. “Your horse doesn’t lose heat as rapidly as you do be­cause of his coat and size. When the air tem­per­a­ture is be­tween 0°C and 25°C your horse can con­trol his body tem­per­a­ture by sim­ply open­ing and clos­ing blood ves­sels in the skin to lose or re­tain heat. Out­side these tem­per­a­tures he must use other means to keep warm or cool.”

DE­CEM­BER 2018

When the tem­per­a­ture dips be­low freez­ing, the cor­rect rug will give your horse the pro­tec­tion he needs

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