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Temperature Guide to rugging a horse

Posted on 06 September 2017 by Kim

Temperature guide to rugging a horse

What rug to put on is a daily debate at our yard. Is it at yours?

It’s especially tricky with changeable temperatures and conditions. Combined with which rugging is very different for every horse as it depends on breed, weight, climate, his work load, and even their coats themselves. Horses that are used to the colder weather and have spent most of their time outside, tend to cope better with cooler temperatures than horses that are stabled all the time. It also depends on the actual weather, for example - is it just cold or is it cold and raining or even snowing?

So when deciding what rug to reach for, here’s our handy little chart to assist you. 




Turned out/Unclipped

Turned out/Clipped

15 degrees and warmer

Zero fill




10 to 15 degrees

Light weight (100g) or zero fill

Nothing or zero fill


Nothing or light weight (100g) or zero fill if wet & windy

5 to 10 degrees

Medium weight (250g)

Light weight (150g)

Nothing or light weight (100g)

Light weight (150g) plus neck cover

Zero to 4 degrees

Heavy weight (300g)

Medium weight (200g)

Nothing or light/ medium weight (150-250g)

Medium weight (200g) with neck cover

-10 to zero degrees

Heavy weight (300-400g) with neck cover

Medium weight (200-300g) with liner

Light or medium weight

(150-300g) with neck cover

Heavy weight (300-400g) with neck cover plus liner

-10 degrees or colder

Heavyweight (300-500g) with neck cover plus liner

Medium or heavy weight (300-400g) with neck cover

Heavy weight (300-500g) plus neck cover

Heavy weight (300-500g) plus liner and/or under blanket and hood

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Need some tips on how to measure your horse for a rug?

Read my quick guide on how to measure your horse for a rug before you buy!

How to measure a horse for a rug


Kim Horton

Co-Founder of EQUUS and a keen equestrian, when Kim's not at her desk she's with her horse, Waldo.


  • Jeanette Draffan posted on September 11 2017 at 07:09 AM

    Thank you for the guidance on rugs and when to use what. I think the other thing you need to consider is the age and general health of the horse. I have a 23year old Thoroughbred mare who has PPID (Cushings) and whilst at present her levels are at an all time low she still feels the cold. With these Autumn winds she is now in a 200gm turnout rug and a fleece if she is in during the day. I know she is comfortable as she merrily trots up the field when she turned out. If she wasn’t she would stand by the gate until I brought her in !!

  • Becky Carter posted on September 12 2017 at 07:09 AM

    Hello, just seen your temperature guide to rugging a horse – very useful, thank you. Just wondered why it does not include “Turned out / Clipped”? Guidance for this would be helpful, as my horse has a full clip from October onwards.
    Thank you.

  • Dawn England posted on September 15 2017 at 07:09 AM

    Hi I also have a cob who will be clipped but will be out all winter what rugs would I need ? Many thanks

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