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To Rug, Or Not To Rug?

To Rug, Or Not To Rug?

It's that time of year again, where the weather fluctuates from warm to cold temperatures; turning the loving horse owner in side out on decisions to rug or not to rug. Combined with what rug is right for your horse, and taking into counter his breed, weight, his work load, and even his coat type.

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. Fear not as we are here to help, below we have created simple a guidance table to help you decide whats best for your beloved equine companion:

 Temperature Stabled/Clipped Stabled/Unclipped Turned Out Clipped Turned Out Unclipped
15 Degrees & Warmer  Zero Fill  Nothing  Nothing  Nothing
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  Nothing
5 to 10 Degrees  Medium Weight         (250g)  Light Weight (150g)  Light Weight (150g) plus Neck Cover  Nothing or Light Weight (100g)
0 to 4 Degrees  Heavy Weight (300g)  Medium Weight (200g)  Medium Weight (200g) with Neck Cover  Nothing or Light/ Medium Weight (150-250g)
-10 to 0 Degrees  Heavy weight (300-400g) with Neck Cover

 Medium Weight

(200-300g) with Liner

Heavy weight (300-400g) with Neck Cover plus Liner

Light or Medium Weight

(150-300g) with Neck Cover

-10 or Colder  Heavyweight (300-500g) with Neck Cover plus Liner  Medium or Heavy  Weight (300-400g) with Neck Cover  Heavy Weight (300-500g) plus Liner and/or Under Blanket and Hood  Heavy weight (300-500g) plus Neck Cover
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    Equine Nutrition