As the name suggests, lightweight turnout rugs are designed to be worn by your horse when they are in their field or paddock, to keep them warm and dry whatever the weather. They are made from durable materials to withstand outdoor use, like your horse rolling in mud or scratching on fence posts and trees.
Lightweight turnout rugs have the least amount of fill, so protect your horse from the weather without adding much warmth.
Turnout rugs are a staple for many horse’s wardrobes, especially with the inclement UK weather! Lightweight turnout rugs will keep your horse dry and protected from wind and rain without adding too much warmth.
They come with a variety of features, such as different types of front buckles and a range of neck types, so you can find the perfect style of rug for your horse. We have a wide selection of lightweight rugs for sale, so you’re sure to find one that’s just right for you and your horse.
Yes, lightweight turnout rugs are waterproof and the perfect rug for your horse to wear in wet and cold weather or when turned out into a muddy field. Lightweight turnouts are great for light rain showers or heavier rain on warmer days. The latest technology means that they dry quickly after use.
The outer fabric of today’s lightweight turnout rugs is chemically treated to make it waterproof, which is what makes it ideal for rainy or snowy days. This does mean you will need to be careful how you wash and care for the rug – more information on this can be found below.
A lightweight turnout rug is versatile enough to be used almost all year round, depending on the individual horse. They are best for days when your horse will be out in wet or windy weather when the temperatures are mild, but not too cold, as lightweight turnout rugs don’t have much fill.
On hot, dry days, it is unlikely that your horse would need a lightweight turnout rug – a summer sheet or possibly a fly rug may be more suitable.
Lightweight turnout rugs have 0g to 100g of fill, making them the lightest type of waterproof rug for your horse.
Lightweight turnout rugs are often made using ‘ripstop’ fabrics, which means they are less like to tear or rip, making them more durable. Different manufacturers use different materials, but they can be made from nylon, canvas or even recycled plastic!
The durability of lightweight turnout rugs is measured in ‘denier’. Denier is the measurement for the thickness of individual yarns that make up a fabric. As it deals with the thickness of the individual fibres, this is typically a good indication of the strength of the material.
A high denier count suggests the rug will be durable, and the less likely it is to be damaged. If your horse is known for breaking his rugs, a high denier count would be good to look out for.
Yes, lightweight turnout rugs can be washed. With lots of use, turnout rugs can become dirty, hairy or greasy and may need to be cleaned from time to time. This will help make the rug last longer, as well as keep your horse more comfortable.
Before washing, carefully check the care label of the rug to see if the manufacturer has made recommendations for washing. Some rugs can be machine washed, whilst others should be professionally cleaned to maintain the integrity and quality of the rug.
It can also be helpful to strip any hair that has collected on the rug using a brush. Gently brush in the direction of the material to remove hair without damaging the fabric.
It’s best to wash on a low temperature (unless otherwise specified) with a gentle detergent that won’t irritate your horse’s skin. Hang the rug out to dry and then it is ready to be used again.
Many detergents can interfere with the waterproofing of a turnout rug, so it may need to be re-proofed before you use it. There are lots of products available so you can re-proof your rug yourself, or you can send it away to be done by a professional.
Perhaps you are turning your horse or pony out on a chilly morning, and rather than take all their stable rug off, you’d rather just pop a lightweight turnout rug on top of what they’re already wearing. Is this possible? Yes!
This is essentially using the stable rug as a liner, offering comfort and warmth, whilst the lightweight turnout on top provides the durability and waterproofing to protect your horse from the elements. This can be a good way to keep your horse warm on very cold days.
It’s important to remember that layering up rugs provides more warmth, even with a lightweight turnout rug and light stable rug, so be careful not to over-rug your horse.