Horse rugs

Horse blanket YES or NO?

Sooner or later every horse owner asks himself this question - does my horse have to wear a blanket and if so which blanket is the right one for my horse/pony?

When choosing the right horse blanket, various criteria play a role. The blanket must be appropriate for the prevailing temperatures and adapted to the living conditions of the horse/pony. In addition, an unshorn horse has different needs than a shorn horse. How warm, cold or windy it is in the box also plays a decisive role in the choice of horse blanket.

There is an enormous selection of different horse blankets on the market. Keeping an overview and deciding on the "right" blanket is anything but easy. You can find out more about horse blankets in our blog post.

 

What horse rugs are there and what are they used for?

Winter rugs
  • protect the horse from cold and frost in winter
  • solid tear-resistant surface material, which is wind- and water-resistant
  • The interior lining of the ceilings is available in different grams
  • relieves back problems, joint pain and muscle tension

 

Stable rugs
  • universally applicable
  • warming & protect against dirt
  • The interior lining of the blankets is available in different grams
  • non moisture repellent, not rainproof, therefore not suitable for outdoor use

 

Rain rugs
  • protect the horse from rain
  • keep the horse warm thanks to soft lining
  • especially light, waterproof and windproof
  • Rain blankets are meant for the open stall, paddock or pasture

 

Sweat rugs
  • can be used in a variety of ways (tournament, trailer ride, etc.)
  • is often raised in the cold winter months to "warm up" the horse before riding
  • after work, when the horse is sweaty, the blanket helps absorb the sweat and transfers it to the surface of the blanket
  • at the same time ensures the well-being of the horse

 

Horse exerciser blankets
  • by the special shape it protects the back of the horse from wet and wind in the horse exerciser without restricting the freedom of movement
  • prevents muscle tension
  • is also suitable for working on the longe, on the treadmill or for a walk in winter
Fly rugs
  • keeps flies, mosquitoes, brakes and other insects away from the horse due to the close-meshed processing
  • protect from UV light
  • breathable and quick drying
  • should be very light and airy so that the horse does not sweat strongly
  • available in a wide variety of models with collar, abdominal slash, cross-straps etc.
  • they are for the paddock, the stable, but also for the ride (with extra saddle cut)

 

Transport rugs
  • protect the horse during transport in the trailer from draught and cold
  • due to the stress of a ride in the trailer many horses quickly get sweaty, therefore the transport deck should have a suspension function

 

Eczema rugs
  • mostly made of highly breathable polyester fabric
  • similar to the fly rug but with even more protection (very tightly meshed)
  • Eczema rugs usually have an abdominal bib, a large tail bib as well as a neck piece
  • A shade of eczema blanket that is as light as possible ensures optimised wearing comfort in particularly strong sunlight.

 

Kidney and riding rugs
  • Keep kidneys and back warm
  • especially suitable for riding
  • usually with saddle section
  • is also available as a waterproof version

 

 

 

What size does my horse/pony need? - Determining the optimal horse blanket size


Finding the right horse blanket size and thus a perfectly fitting horse blanket is very important for the horse's well-being! When determining the size, you should never compromise, because an unsuitable horse blanket can cause chafing, hair breakage and, in the worst case, nerve inflammation.

It is an advantage if you can use an existing horse blanket as a guide, but unfortunately this is not a guarantee. ☹

The size of the horse blanket is determined by the measured length of the horse's back. (CAUTION: the sizes can still vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and even from model to model) To measure the back length of the horse/pony, simply place a measuring tape BEFORE the withers and measure the course of the horse's/pony's back to the tail, or more precisely to the base of the tail. But be careful: this is not the final horse blanket size!

It is NOT only the measured back length that is decisive here, but also the overall cut of the horse blanket in the chest area, neck area, shoulder area etc.

In the end, in order to find the perfect blanket, you often have to "try on" several blankets, because the back length only gives an approximate indication of the fit of the blanket.

Our horse blanket care tip:

Why don't you try our Animalon  Root brush and our Natural bristle hoof brush for the cleaning of the rugs in the meantime. With them you get nasty stains, sand and mud stains brushed off the rugs.