How to choose suitable horse rug!!!
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30 June 2008
The key to a quality horse rug comes to how and what they are made from.
Fabrics, weave and tailoring techniques are critical determinants of rug quality and ultimately the care and comfort of your horse. For a good rug this comes to choices about the right denier, fill, synthetic rip stop weave and waterproofing techniques.
All of our horse rugs have been designed to deliver maximum durability and comfort to your horse. To give you a further insight into how we do this we have provided some further information here about denier, fill, rip stop weave and the waterproofing techniques we employ.
Denier describes the weight, strength and density of the fabric. 600D 900D 1200D 1680D are the more common types you will see when choosing a rug. These are typically robust with the higher the number the stronger the synthetic or cotton fabric.
Filling describes the weight and warmth factor of your horse rug. Rugs may vary from “no fill” to 300 gram of fill or maybe more. The amount of fill refers to how many grams per square meter of filling there is in the rug. When choosing the rug thickness for your horse take into consideration facts like, climate, night to day temperatures, clipping, under rugs, and, if someone is available to remove the rug should the day be warmer than expected.
Rip-stop or tear resistant describes the weave and the ability of the outer fabric to resist and retain tears. The weave contains the tear to minimize the damage that otherwise may have resulted. Barb or sharp wire is especially nasty to horses and their rugs, we suggest this combination be avoided if possible.
Waterproof/breathable rugs are chemically treated to prevent water passing through the fibers whilst allowing air to pass through. The term waterproof refers to the shell fabric the rug is constructed of. This treatment is not performed within the seams of the rug, therefore the seams are taped to minimize water penetration. Fastening locations and stitching cannot be waterproofed although as with canvas rugs the stitching swells to minimize water making its way through, it is impossible to make these?parts completely water tight.?It is advisable to have an additional replacement rug to switch to after continued heavy rain or if rain and high humidity are present together as breathability is reduced in this instance. Also ensure you allow your rug to dry thoroughly in a well ventilated spot, as this will increase its life and pack away from the summer sun to prolong the life of your rug. All?denier fabrics within our range are?hydrostatic pressure tested to make sure we bring you the best.
When washing your horse rug, detergents may damage the waterproofing treatment, therefore we recommend detergents and bleaches not be used on rugs that have been waterproof treated. Always make sure your rug is allowed to thoroughly dry before packing away for the summer.
Showerproof rugs are designed to withstand?moderate rain for approximately 6 to 8 hours. Our rugs marked showerproof have been tested to this resistance and therefore deemed showerproof as we expect much a longer resistance for the title "waterproof" The fabric has been treated in the same way as general waterproofing but has higher breathability properties. Heavy and prolonged rain may seep through the pores of the rug.
WHY USE A POLYESTER AND COTTON BLEND IN SUMMER HORSE RUGS?
A mix of polyester and cotton gives your horse maximum comfort. Cotton is one of the coolest fabrics, helps reduce that dreaded static and has high breathability properties. Polyester ensures your rug dries quickly should your horse get caught in a rain shower. Also by placing under winter rugs or rainsheets assist with airflow.
Our diamond weave gives your rug a touch of class, while adding strength. Whilst our braided neckline helps to keep your rug in shape and looking good long after your purchase.
Your horse is probably too cold if he's shivering, seems unusually tense or stiff, has cold ears, or has hairs standing on end. Then you need to have a good horse rug.
HORSE RUG CARE INSTRUCTION
Synthetic horse rugs are chemically water proofed; therefore we recommend they are not washed with detergents, bleached or dry cleaned as this may alter the rugs ability to remain waterproof. If severely soiled, and a detergent must be used, use a very mild shampoo, do not soak the rug and rinse very thoroughly. If in doubt refer to the care labels attached inside the rug.
Hint: Use cotton rugs under your winter rugs, this not only helps keep the top rugs clean from the inside but the winter rugs can then be hosed from the outside, making cleaning much easier.
Cotton and polyester rugs may be either hand washed or gently machined washed in a mild detergent and rinsed thoroughly.
Always allow your rugs to dry completely in an airy position, especially after being subjected to hours of heavy rain or if packing away for summer.?Rugs will last longer if put away for the summer and not left to perish in hours of scorching sunlight.
How to choose Horse Rug Size
Horse Height Rug Size Rug Size in CM
12 - 13 HH 5'0" 152cm
13 - 14 HH 5' 3" 160cm
14 - 14.2 HH 5' 6" 168cm
14.2 - 15 HH 5' 9" 175cm
15 - 15.2 HH 6'0" 183cm
15.2 - 16 HH 6' 3" 190cm
16 - 16.2 HH 6' 6" 198cm
16.2 HH Plus 6' 9" 206cm
This size chart is a guide only, and for accuracy, measure your horse from the centre of the chest across the shoulder to point of the buttocks.
Additional under rugs, weight gain or loss may need to be considered. As your horse may measure between two sizes choose the size you consider most appropriate. Rugs fitted over layers of additional rugs or highly padded rugs will have a firmer fit, and this too will need to be considered when deciding on the right size.
NOTE: 4'6- 4'9 for Extra Small Pony
5'0 - 5'3 for Pony
5'6 - 6'0 for Cob
6'3 - 6'6 for Full
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