A Guide to Spring and Summer Horse Rugs
Wednesday 12 May 2010
With spring arriving and summer approaching it is time to start thinking about your horse or pony’s summer rug requirements. With many different types of rugs now available on the market, deciding on the most suitable rug can be quite daunting.
During spring the weather will start to get warmer, although there can still be a risk of heavy showers and the temperature dropping when the sun is not out. If your horse has been stabled a lot during winter and has been clipped then a medium lite turnout rug would be good transitional rug to use. It has around 100g of fill and will therefore provide your horse or pony with some warmth whilst still having the flexibility of being light enough if the weather was to change.
With both of these rugs you can choose between a combo and a standard neck design. The combo design will provide your horse or pony with additional protection on their neck. This design is useful if your horse or pony is living out or has been fully clipped throughout winter.
When summer arrives it brings along another problem, flies! Some horses and ponies are not worried about being hassled by flies whilst others can find this upsetting. If he/she does fall into this category then a good quality fly rug will help provide protection from the flies. It is important when choosing a fly rug, you look for one which will provide good protection from your horse or pony’s tail to head therefore a combo design is ideal. A large tail flap and large belly cover which goes underneath your horse or pony are extra design features to help increase protection.
It is important to remember that the temperature can drop at night during spring and summer and if your horse or pony is out overnight then they may require a rug putting on, a thicker rug or an extra layer. As a general guide, it is best to go up to the next weight rug if the temperature is going to drop during the night.
*Material supplied courtesy of the Horsemart National magazine, May 2010 – available at all good stockists nationwide. Email email@example.com today for more info!
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