Shires’ Guide to Turnout Rugs

If you’re always checking the weather forecast and feeling confused by all the rugs available, we’re here to help. Find out how to select a suitable rug and check out our latest turnout rug range.

What to consider when selecting a rug:

When choosing a weight of turnout rug, there are a number of factors to consider:

  • Condition – if your horse has piled on a few extra pounds over summer, use the colder weather to help them safely lose weight.
  • Type – a thoroughbred with a fine coat will feel the cold more than your native pony. Older horses or those that struggle to keep weight on are more likely to need a rug.
  • Clipped/Unclipped – horses who are fully clipped will probably need a heavier weight rug than their friends who are unclipped or just have a bib clip.
  • Access to shelter/forage – eating throughout the day will help generate heat. Being able to shelter from the wind and rain will also keep your horse warm.
  • Temperature – see our chart below to help choose the right rug for the weather. Remember to keep in mind the factors above too when selecting a rug – you may need to go up or down in rug weight depending on your horse.

turnout rug temperature guide

 

Did you know? Horses have a wider thermoneutral zone than humans. The thermoneutral zone is the temperature range where no energy is required to increase or decrease body temperature. A horse’s thermoneutral zone is between 0 and 25°C, whereas a human’s is between 20 and 30°C. This means that even if you’re feeling chilly, your horse might not be.

Not sure if your horse has the right rug on? Simply place your hand behind the withers under their rug. Cold? Consider upping the weight of their rug. Hot or damp? Think about using something a little lighter.

With everyone else on the yard putting on heavyweight turnouts it’s easy to feel pressured into doing the same. Remember that everyone’s horse has different needs, so your unclipped Highland pony will probably be quite happy being turned out without a rug, or just a light weight. Select a rug based on how your horse copes with the weather.

Light Weight Rugs

With no or little fill, light weight rugs are the equivalent of a raincoat. Perfect for warmer weather, or for more native types, these rugs will keep your horse dry without overheating.

Looking for a new light weight rug? Check out our featured light weights below, or view our entire light weight rug collection here.

Highlander Original Lite

Shires Highlander Original Lite Cow Print Rug

0g ~ 600 denier outer ~ 4’0” – 7’3”
RRP from £57.99

Features:

  • Deep shoulder gussets
  • Adjustable buckle chest straps
  • Adjustable cross surcingles and integrated leg strap loops
  • Available in limited edition print – check out this season’s cow print!

Shop the Highlander Original Lite

Highlander Original Air Motion

Shires Highlander Original Air Motion Turnout Rug

0g ~ 600 denier outer ~ 4’0” – 7’3”
RRP £59.99

Features:

  • Blanket set chest fastenings
  • Adjustable cross surcingles and fillet strap
  • Lined across the back with Air Motion mesh – 3D breathable, wicking technology to draw heat and moisture away from the skin.

Shop the Tempest Original Air Motion

Medium Weight Rugs

Ideal for cooler temperatures, our medium weight rugs are available with a 100g or 200g fill. These rugs provide both warmth and waterproofing.

Looking for a new medium weight rug? Check out our featured medium weights below, or view our entire medium weight rug collection here.

Highlander Original 100

Shires Highlander Original 100 Turnout Rug

100g ~ 600 denier outer ~ 4’0” – 7’3”
RRP £62.99

Features:

  • Deep shoulder gussets
  • Adjustable buckle chest straps
  • Adjustable cross surcingles and integrated leg strap loops.

Shop the Highlander Original 100

Tempest Original 200 Combo

Shires Tempest Original 200 Combo Ladybird Print Turnout Rug

200g ~ 600 denier outer ~ 4’0” – 7’3”
RRP £79.99

Features:

  • Integrated neck
  • Blanket set chest fastenings
  • Adjustable cross surcingles and fillet strap
  • Available in limited edition print – check out this season’s ladybird print!

Shop the Tempest Original 200 Combo

Heavy Weight Rugs

In freezing temperatures, opt for a heavy weight rug. These are the equivalent of your warmest winter coat.

In need of a new heavy weight rug? Check out our featured heavy weights below, or view our entire heavy weight rug collection here.

Highlander Plus 350 Combo

Shires Highlander Plus 350 Turnout Rug

350g ~ 1200 denier outer ~ 4’6” – 7’3”
RRP £109.99

Features:

  • Integrated contour neck cover
  • Deep shoulder gussets
  • Adjustable cross surcingles and integrated leg strap loops
  • Our heaviest weight rug

Shop the Highlander Plus 350 Combo Turnout Rug

StormCheeta 300 Combo

Shires StormCheeta 300 Combo Turnout Rug

300g ~ 1680 denier outer ~ 5’6” – 7’0”
RRP £169.99

Features:

  • Integrated cocoon neck cover
  • Deep shoulder gussets
  • Adjustable clip chest straps
  • Bungee fillet strap and integrated leg strap loops
  • Reflective  panels
  • Large pleated tail flap

Shop the StormCheeta 300 Combo Turnout Rug

Our Turnout Rug Range

Whatever the weather, Shires has a turnout rug right for your horse. To help select your next rug, see our rug range guide below.

Shires Turnout Rug Range Feature Chart

Rug Extras

WarmaRug System

Shires WarmaRug Thermal Layer System
All Shires’ turnout and stable rugs are compatible with our WarmaRug Thermal Layer System. Available in 100 or 200g, these liners allow you to add insulating layers to combo or standard neck rugs. A great way to boost the warmth of a rug.

Shop the WarmaRug Liner.

Neck Covers

Shires Turnout Rug Neck Covers

Featuring comfortable contour shaping, neck covers provide additional protection against the elements. Attach to the D-rings of your rug using the double sided touch close straps.

Shop Neck Covers.

Shires Equestrian stocks a huge range of turnout rugs to suit your horse. View the full turnout rug range here.

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