As your horse settles into their stable, ensure they are cosy and warm so you can rest assured that your horse is comfortable whatever the weather. There are a huge variety of stable rugs out there on the market, with various weights, deniers and features available, so knowing what your horse needs will help you get it right first time for a long lasting solution.
When to use a stable rug
It can be easy to assume that your horse will be warmer when they head back into their stable, but this isn’t the case. While your horse is out and about enjoying the outdoors, they are busy grazing or walking about in comparison to being stationary when back in their stable. The stable rug is designed to retain body heat as your horse is resting, keeping them clean and comfortable through all weather conditions, with different options to suit different seasons.
During the milder conditions, a lightweight stable rug offers a comfortable solution for your horse. Little to no filling will prevent overheating so you can put your mind at ease that you are not overdressing them as the weather gets warmer. When warmth is not a concern, stable rugs are still preferable as they help keep the coat clean and avoid rubbing, keeping grooming demand lower during the spring and autumn months.
In the colder weather, it is common for a fleece rug to be worn underneath as an additional layer of warmth, making a great alternative to having to purchase various thicknesses of stable rug. Alternatively, heavier stable rugs can be bought which contain additional filling to provide warmth along with the additional benefits. For horses who spend a lot of time in their stable, the addition of a quality stable rug is a worthwhile investment which can be used on the chilly winter nights.
Finding the perfect fit
When you have decided on the best stable rug for your horse, it is vital that you pick out the right size. A stable rug is designed to sit tightly against the body without restricting movement, being comfortable to wear for long periods of time and allowing for full freedom. A poor fit can lead to additional issues such as rubbing uncomfortably and excess sweating, so be sure to check the measurements of your horse and find the right fit for their body shape.
If you are unsure whether you have chosen the right size or weight for your stable rug, place your hand underneath the rug and feel the temperature of your horse’s back. If they are not as warm as they should be, it is worth adding an additional layer but if not and they feel very warm or clammy, they are wearing a rug that is too thick. Your hand should fit comfortably between your horse’s body and their rug but it should not be loose enough to slide around and lose its position, this is a sign that it will need tightening for their own safety.