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November 18, 2021 3 min read

Sometimes we all need a bit of help deciphering which rug is best for our horses and ponies, and even more so now where we are in-between seasons and the weather can stretch from one extreme to the next.

When choosing a rug for your fur friend keep in mind just like us, horses are individuals and will feel temperatures differently. Things to consider are:

  • Is your horse new to the area – Temperature differences?
  • Does he/she have any health issues to consider?
  • Is your horse of an age where he/she may need special care?
  • Has their paddock, yard or stable habits changed?
  • Do they have access to sun in the cooler months or shade in the hotter months?
  • Has he/she been clipped recently?

 What do these terms indicate? 

  1. GSM: This acronym is often seen advertised to describe the fabric used in some cotton and poly/cotton fabrics. GSM refers to the “Fabric weight” and is measured in grams per square metre or g/m2 (hence the abbreviation). 
  1. Poly Cotton: This is the terminology for a blend of Polyester and Cotton and the ratios of each material can vary between brands and their individual models. The combination of both natural and man-made materials is very popular as it provides the best of both worlds, being breathable and also long wearing.

 Shop the Eurohunter Grand National Deluxe Rug here

  1. Lining: The fabric used to line turnout rugs varies between brands and models and can include cotton, poly/cotton, polyester, mesh, or fleece. Most cotton and poly/cotton rugs are not lined as such, however it is common to see taffeta/satin lining in the shoulder area to prevent chafing. 
  1. Denier: This is the measurement used to describe the outer layer of turnout and winter rugs. Not to be confused with GSM, denier is the unit of density based on the length and weight of the yarn or fibre used in the fabric. There are several deniers used for turnouts and each has their own benefits: 
    • 1680 D is a very strong and durable denier usually used in heavier winter rugs. 
    • 1200 D is a commonly used denier and readily available in turnout rugs of varying weights including both rainsheets and heavier winter rugs. These are a durable value for money option.
    • 600 D is the lighter option available and is a great choice for those looking for budget friendly rugs.
  1. Polyfill: Just like the winter jackets we wear, Polyfill is soft to the touch and is layered between the lining and the outer material of doona/stable rugs, and turnout rugs. Polyfill like most fabrics come on rolls and the measurement relates to the weight of polyfill in a square metre piece.
    • No Fill:Turnout rugs with no fill are usually lined and contain no fill. These rugs can act as a great windbreaker or used where a buffer is required to keep the rain or heavy dew off your horse.
    • 180, 200, 250 & 300 Grams of Fill are the commonly used fill amounts for turnouts and remember the higher the number, the higher the warmth rating.

Shop the Eurohunter Kosciuszko Combo here 

Of course if you’re still unsure which combination may suit your horse and situation, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to assist.