Top 10 Tips for Turnout Rug Usage
/ November 8th, 2012 / There are currently 0 comments
- If you plan to clip your horse soon, do not rug too heavily now. Wait until after a full clip.
- After clipping, brush off all cut hair before rugging so it does not stick to rug linings and cause irritation.
- Ensure you remove your horse’s rug and groom him regularly. This is important for hygiene purposes and to stimulate the circulation.
- If you are unsure of the weight needed for your turnout rug, err towards a lighter rug first. You can always add layers underneath if needed. The Lightweight Stormbreaker Rug is an ideal lightweight turnout rug.
- Neck covers should have an anti-rub lining to prevent mane damage. Try the Vancouver Winter Turnout Rug, which has an integrated, fully lined neck cover.
- Try stitching some leather to the front of the chest area to prolong turnout rug life. An ideal solution for horses who like to graze in thorny bushes!
- Dry wet rugs on the horse (providing the horse itself is not wet underneath), or invest in a rug drying rack.
- Use a summer sheet under a heavyweight turnout. Summer sheets are far easier to wash and dry on a regular basis.
- Through prolonged wet, mild winter weather, switch to a medium-weight turnout to ensure your horse does not overheat. Ensure you use a waterproof and breathable medium-weight rug such the Bridleway Ontario Medium Turnout.
- Check your turnout rugs at the end of the cold season to ensure it is still waterproof. Your local saddler can usually recommend someone who can waterproof if necessary.