What's the best rug for late summertime?

Whats the best rug for late summer time

In late summertime, the weather tends to be a bit changeable. One day it can be a balmy 20 degrees and the next it can drop dramatically to 12 degrees. Without a question of a doubt, the best turn out rug for changeable days like this is the Zero-Fill Turnout Rug.

What is a Zero Fill Turnout Rug?

The zero-fill, no-fill or 0g is simply as its name suggests - it's a rug with absolutely no filling. It does, however, have a lining. Ideal for changeable British weather in late summertime or in the warm days of early spring. Just like their light, medium and heavy weight counterparts, zero-fills can be bought in various sizes, deniers and colours.

What is a Zero-Fill Turnout Rug made of?

The outer layer of most zero-fill rugs is made of a waterproof polyester material that adds a light layer of warmth and keeps the horse dry. Often it’s also breathable, which means the fabric absorbs the moisture and keeps the horse from sweating under the rug, simultaneously reducing the risk of them catching a chill overnight. The inner lining is usually nylon.

Features to consider

Before buying, decide whether you and your horse would prefer a standard neck rug or a combo, where the rug extends up the neck of the horse. If you want maximum flexibility and use from your rug, look for a standard neck that has a detachable neck cover. The Rhino Plus Lite 0g Turnout Rug comes with a range of great features and a detachable neck cover.

   Rhino Plus Lite 0g Detachable Neck Turnout Rug

The denier refers to the strength of the outer material of the rug. In the past, thinner synthetic materials have been used that are prone to rips and tears on barbed wire, tree branches, or fences. However, new fabrics with a higher denier have been developed for their durability. A zero-fill rug may have a denier of anything from 600 - 1200. Bear in mind that the higher the denier, the stronger the fabric, the greater the cost.

When it comes to shoulder fit, some rugs have shoulder gussets whilst others do not. Well positioned gussets will help prevent shoulder rub issues, ensure a better fit and increased comfort for your horse.

Weatherbeeta ComFiTec Essential Lite 0g Standard Neck Turnout Rug

 A great feature on some rugs is a memory foam wither relief pad. This contours to the shape of your horse and lifts the rug off the wither to reduce rubbing and provide added comfort. The wither pad on this Weatherbeeta ComFiTec Plus Dynamic Lite 0g Standard Neck Turnout Rug is just about visible in the photo below.

Weatherbeeta ComFiTec Plus Dynamic Lite 0g Standard Neck Turnout Rug

Rugs are expensive purchases. So, if budget is one of your considerations, brands like JHL, aka Jumpers Horse Line, offer good quality rugs that are real value for money. 

JHL Essential Lightweight Turnout Rug

Zero-fill rugs, just like their weighted counterparts, come in a huge variety of colours and patterns. So, if you’re keen on giving your horse some extra flair, there are creative options for you to choose from. You won't lose your horse in the field if he's wearing the Mio Lite 0g Standard Neck Turnout Rug, with its bright blue and aqua colours and red trim. 

Mio Lite 0g Standard Neck Turnout Rug

Be prepared! Get a Zero Fill Rug now before the summertime weather completely disappears!

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Author

Kim Horton

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

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