Choosing the right weight winter horse rug

A lightweight rug, like this one are a good choice for simply keeping your horse clean and dry

A lightweight rug, like this one are a good choice for simply keeping your horse clean and dry

Your horse's turnout and stable rugs are available in different weight, but which one do you need? 

Similar to a tog rating we look at when we’re buying a duvet, weight refers to the amount of filling inside a rug and how warm it’ll keep your horse.

Consider how your horse copes in different temperatures to help you choose the best weight rug for him.

Lightweight rugs

Lightweight rugs usually have 0-80g of filling. Stable rugs may have up to 150g. Lightweight turnout rugs (or rain sheets) keep your horse clean and dry, making them a good option for damp spring and autumn days or cool summer nights.

Most horses who aren’t clipped or have a small clip will be more than warm enough in a lightweight rug.

A medium weight rug will provide added warmth if your horse is clipped

A medium weight rug will provide added warmth if your horse is clipped

Medium weight rugs

Medium weight rugs tend to have between 100-250g of filling.

For many horses this will be all they need to keep them warm and dry through the winter months.

Heavyweight rugs

Heavyweight rugs are just that, and contain over 300g of filling.

These are suitable for very cold weather or if your horse is fully clipped.