Your Horse reviews the Lemieux Carbon cooler rug

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Used by Your Horse reader, Chloe Barnes

Used for 9 months

This smart rug fits perfectly and is true to size, the quick clip chest fastening makes putting this rug on quick and easy. It’s been used mainly as a travel rug and has stood up the job really well.

It’s a lightweight rug that does a really good job at keep your horse at a comfortable temperature. The top section of the rug, which sits over the key muscle groups is slightly thicker yet still cools and dries effectively while maintaining a level of warmth too.

The material is soft enough that it moulds to the shape of your horse’s body so it can wick moisture away from you horse after washing down.

For a little under £50 – can't really fault the price and considering how well it does the job it’s become a really useful addition to my horse’s wardrobe and would highly recommend it.

Colours Black, navy

Sizes 5ft – 7ft

RRP £49.96*

*price correct at time of publishing

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Your Horse reviews the Rambo Supreme Dry rug

Reviewed by: Allison Lowther

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Used for: 9 months

This lightweight rug is made from a soft brushed polyester material and it does everything Horseware claim, it dries your horse quickly by wicking and absorbing moisture away from his coat. Once dry your horse’s coat feels smooth and looks really shiny too.

The rug fits well and is true to size – lengthwise, it's not the deepest but it moulds to the contours of your horse's body. For this rug to do an effective job it does need to be close fitting, so the surcingles are elasticated to ensure your horse stays comfortable.

The neck cover is a good length and depth and the ability to fold the neck cover away is a good addition too.

After using, this rug dries quickly when hung up on a rug rack, or on a fence in the sun.

If you’re looking for a smart, practical rug that will dry your horse off efficiently I’d highly recommend this rug – I really quite like the bright blue colour too.

Really can’t fault this rug, may not be the cheapest, but having used it through the winter and into the summer months you can use it all year round.

Colour Blue/black/white

Sizes Small (5ft 3in-5ft 9in), medium (6ft-6ft 6in), large (6ft 9in-7ft 3in)

RRP £107.95*

For stockists www.horseware.com

*price correct at time of publishing

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Aerochill rug

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Effectively cooling your horse down after hard work can be difficult and time consuming, but the Aerochill Rug can help make the process a whole lot easier. 

The rug has a clever cooling system, and is designed with your horse's comfort in mind and cools him down fast to help his muscles recover quickly too and aid recovery.

The Aerochill Rug works by drawing heat away from your horse

The Aerochill Rug works by drawing heat away from your horse

The Aerochill Rug has a super-absorbent polymer fibre fabric that works as a cooling system to draw heat off a hot horse and improve his overall blood circulation.

To get the cooling precess started, you need our water over the rug and pot it straight on your horse, then ensure it's kept wet so it keeps on working.

The rug has a chest fastening and belly strap to help hold the rug securely in place.

You'll also get a nifty cooling bag to pop the wet run in when you've finished with it. 

RRP £159

 

 

Fenwick Liquid Titanium Quick wraps

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These therapeutic leg wraps could be a useful addition to your horse's wardrobe. 

They're made with liquid titanium fabric to help boost circulation and reduce inflammation. 

The fabric also promotes a natural calming effect to help reduce nervousness and anxiety.

These boots work just awn effectively on dry or wet legs. 

The boots are cut to follow the contours of your horse legs for the best possible fit and are fully breathable to ensure your horse stays comfortable. 

RRP £70 per pair

Protechmasta rug review

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Used by: Your Horse associate editor Allison Lowther

Used for: nine months

I’ve been using this rug on one of my horses for some time now. Initially, through the summer it was used mainly as a travel rug. To be fair, I didn’t see huge results to begin with. However, over the winter, my horse has been wearing this rug on a daily basis as an under rug when she’s been in her stable and for travelling.

Since using it on a more regular basis I’ve seen some really positve effects.

The horse I’ve been using it on can get quite anxious and stressed – this is heightened when she realises she’s going out in the lorry.

Now for the techy bit – a special ceramic powder is blended with the yarns of the lining fabric of this rug, which provides long lasting properties that won’t wash out. The Far Infra-Red technology works by gently increasing blood flow bringing oxygen and nutrients to muscles and promotes a faster removal of toxins leading to a more energised yet relaxed horse.

I have to say, my horse has been more relaxed since wearing this rug regularly. She’s recently had to spend a bit more time in than both of us would like due to my field being water-logged. Despite this, she seemed happier to stay in and hasn’t walked round her stable so much.

Wearing it for travelling and before lessons, she warms up quicker and has been producing much more consistent work, with increased suppleness and relaxation too.

The rug fits really nicely – it’s cut generously and fits well in front of the wither too - which I like. It’s lightweight and the mesh type fabric ensures my horse stays at a comfortable temperature in it.

It’s been washed several times and still shows no signs of wear.

This is a versatile rug, which for me has had a positive effect on my horse and I’ll continue to use it.

RRP £140*

*price correct at time of publishing

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4 medium lite turnout rugs for horses

With warmer weather on its way – or we hope it is, downgrading the weight of rug your horse wears will ensure he stays dry but not too hot.

A medium lite turnout rug is the pefect option for those cool damp days with a filling of between 50g and 100g this weight of rug will give him just the protection he needs.

If you’re not sure which one to pick, we’ve reviewed four different ones to help make your choice a little eaiser.


ThermoMaster Turin review

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RRP £79.90

To buy visit www.kramer.co.uk

This rug fits really well length-wise, but isn’t as deep as other rugs.

The detachable neck cover is a verasatlie addition, but it does come up a bit short and flapped over when the horse is grazing exposing the bottom of their neck and in the rain this would get wet.

The 50g filling keeps the horse warm and the chest padding provides some additional comfort. However, 600 denier outer hasn’t proved to be very durable and has a few tears in it.

This rug is fair value, but only if your horse isn’t very tough on his rugs.


Bucas Irish turnout review

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RRP £99

For stockists visit www.zebraproducts.co.uk

This rug fits perfectly, it’s a great shape around the neck and shoulders and after a few days of use it moulds to your horse’s shape. The silky lining has produced a great shine on the horse’s coat and cut down on grooming time too.

It’s proved to be tough and waterproof, although the tail flap could be more generous to provide the hindquarters with more protection from the rain. The 50g filling is just enough to provide a little additonal warmth, but without the worry of your horse over-heating.

Can’t fault this rug on fit and performance, but it is pricey and if you want a rug with a neck cover you need to buy this seperately.


Fieldmasta fixed neck turnout review

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RRP £119

To buy visit www.harryhall.com

A well-fitting rug with 100g filling, which is a great option on those cool days.

This rug is very well designed and looks really smart.

This rug has a 600 denier outer with reinforced 1200 denier ripstop sections just where you need them to make this rug durable.

The clever articulated full neck is shaped so prevents mane being rubbed out, this definitely gets a thumbs up!

All-in-all a great rug that’s performed really well.


Climatemasta fixed neck turnout review

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RRP £105

To buy visit www.harryhall.com

A fixed-neck turnout rug which fits well and didn’t move.

The tough 1200 denier rip-stop fabric has proved to be waterproof and breathable.

This rug has Masta’s One-Click fastening, which is really good once you’ve got used to it.

This rug can also be used in conjunction with Masta’s liners which are sold separately.

Add a liner in it and you have one rug that you can use when it gets colder too. A great, practical rug at an excellent price.

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Protechmasta rug

Masta Protechmasta rug

This high-tech rug from Masta enhances the natural Far Infra-Red waves (FIR waves) in the body to help your horse feel more relaxed and energised.

There are hundreds of threads in the rug combined with ceramic powders that generate the FIR waves. The waves are absorbed by water molecules in the body which then start to vibrate, creating a gentle heating effect.

This increases the core and muscle temperature, enhancing circulation which can help to ease tired, tense or stiff muscles. 

The Protechmasta rug can be worn on its own and is great choice for travelling your horse in. It'is made of an air mesh fabric that's lightweight and absorbent to help wick moisture away to the top of the rug. 

Price £135*

*price correct at time of publishing

Felix Bühler Fly Free Fly Mask

Protect your horse's face and eyes from flies and sun with the Felix Bühler fly mask

Protect your horse's face and eyes from flies and sun with the Felix Bühler fly mask

This innovative fly mask has an integrated plastic ring to ensure there’s space between your horse's eyes and the netting so it doesn’t irritate him. The nose extension is attached with Velcro for easy removal and a fleece surround at the edges and seams keeps your horse comfortable. Also, the ear covers are made from an elastic material which protects the sensitive tips of his ears.

Price £31.90*

www.kramer.co.uk

Felix Bühler Zip fly rug

A fly rug can help to protect your horse from annoying flies over the summer months.

The Felix Bühler Zip Fly Rug with Belly Flap offers excellent protection against insects.

Felix Buhler zip fly rug

This rug has a zip fastening on the neck cover and belly flap to give a closer fit, stopping even the smallest insects away. 

The belly flap can be adjusted in length using different zips to enable it to fit your horse whatever his shape. The light colour will help stop your horse from over-heating by reflecting the sunlight, it also offers UPF50+ to protect his coat.

Price £64.90*

*price correct at time of publishing

Back on Track Mesh rug now available in blue

The best-selling therapy rug from Back on Track is available, for a limited time, in royal blue. 

This lightweight, breathable rug is lined throughout with Welltex fabric.

Back on Track Mesh rug in royal blue

The clever Welltex material benefits your horse's circulation and can help to relieve joint tension, maximise his performance and help avoid injury. 

Using the Back on Track Mesh rug before exercise can help to warm up your horse's muscles. It can also be used after work to aid recovery. 

This rug can be used on its own during warmer weather, or under your horse's stable rug when the weather is cooler. 

Price £194*

To find your nearest stockist visit www.backontrack.com

Rambo Supreme with Vari Layer

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Reviewed by event rider, Julia Dungworth

Used for five months

This is the daddy of all the rugs, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It fits beautifully and never moves an inch. It’s also a good depth offering protection to the tummy area from the elements. My horse stayed dry through the heaviest rain and the varying amount of filling (250g over the back and 100g down the sides) in the rug made it easy to handle, but the horse remained at a comfortable temperature. The 1000 denier ballistic nylon feels tough and has stood up really well to constant use over the winter months.

It’s very simple to use buckle wise, the neck cover is a good length and depth. Also, the plastic covered fillet string is a great idea – much easier to keep clean! The colour combination of black with silver binding make the rug look really smart.

Think of this rug as an investment – you won’t be disappointed.

Price £199 *

* price correct at time of publishing

Be connected rug sensor

Using a new app and innovative sensor you can now become more connected to your horse thanks to the team at Fouganza

Finding simple, easy solutions that make riders’ lives easier is what drives the team at Fouganza and their latest innovation, the BE CONNECTED app and thermal sensor, doesn’t disappoint. Designed to let you know if your horse is too hot, too cold or just right under his rug, BE CONNECTED helps you rug up or down accordingly.

How it works

Using the BE CONNECTED sensor and app you can monitor your horse’s temperature under rugs

Using the BE CONNECTED sensor and app you can monitor your horse’s temperature under rugs

Secured next to your horse’s skin in a special shoulder bib pocket, the BE CONNECTED sensor links to a free mobile phone app via Bluetooth, collecting data when you’re near the sensor (up to 30m without interference). Data collected, it sends an alert to your smartphone when the temperature exceeds the hot and cold thresholds you've set. So, in just one click, you can collect and analyse his temperature so that you can choose the most suitable rug for him. The app collects and stores these measurements as often as you choose - every 15 minutes, every hour… and all the info you need is displayed directly on your mobile phone screen.

Tailored technology

Among others, the outside humidity and thickness of your horse’s hairs are two important factors for determining his comfort zone. So, in order to provide reliable information, the BE CONNECTED app takes into account your horse’s hair type (clipped, summer coat or winter coat) and, based on this, it can readjust accordingly.

How to measure your horse’s comfort

Once you have your BE CONNECTED simply download the app for free on your smartphone. You can then create your horse’s profile in just a few clicks, set up how often you want to collect data and follow the evolution of the temperature and moisture of the skin of your

It’s easy to use!

Simply turn on the sensor, insert it into the specially designed pocket on the shoulder bib.
Download the "Fouganza Be Connected" mobile app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. Pop the rug on your horse, activate Bluetooth on your smartphone and follow the instructions on the app.


Get yours today!

Available on the App store in a range of sizes for ponies and horses BE CONNECTED is compatible with iOS and Android devices using iOS 8 or Android 4.3 and later versions with BLE technology (Bluetooth Low Energy). To find out more visit www.decathlon.co.uk


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thermatex SHR multi purpose rug

Thermatex multi purpose rug

Used by: YH associate editor Ally Lowther

Used for: 7 years

Such a smart looking rug and definitely one to save for best. It fits beautifully, but sizing is generous, so I'd suggest  going down a size to get the best possible fit. Both of my horses have one of these coolers which I tend to use more during the cooler months as they're heavier than other coolers. The three layer fabric moulds to your horse’s shape and moisture is effectively wicked away from your horse to the top of the rug.

This rug is available in lots of different colours with a choice of bindings too. It’s heavier than other coolers, but it’s ideal for cooler days. There is one drawback and I’d recommend not leaving your horse wearing this rug in his stable – everything sticks to it! It maybe expensive, but this rug does a great job and will last for years.

Both rugs have been regularly washed and although the older one of the two (I've had this one for approximately 7 years) is still in good condition, the outer material is a little bobbly I'm sure there's a few more years left in them yet.

Price £153 *

* price correct at time of publishing