View Full Version : What rug does your horse wear ? or rugs?

10-11-12, 05:24 PM
Ad photos- good and bad points etc.
Weather they suit, temps etc.

Shadow, and my others are wearing TITAN rugs from ebay in this weird wethaer- sort of suits spring.

Bought from here- not that cheap, but so far good for what I was hoping for.

They do let dirt in, but they also keep backs fairly dry in odd storms etc ( unless you have a Skipper who rolls in the puddles ) he is the only one to be wet through recently.
Fittings are average and the front strap eyelet is falling out, there is no satin linig and they rub Skipper a LOT, so I put satin for him.
They have cotton in the neck and in the rug under the waterproof areas- all white.
Belly and leg straps are so far decent quality.
I buy one size xmaller than I usually use, as they are too long over the tails - then they are a bit tighter at the front.

So far they have worn well and horses have not melted to 26 degrees... Skipper sweats a bit more .

Pretty well made so far, their are a few small tears already, but my horses scrath on all the trees too.

10-11-12, 05:45 PM
Thanks Cyrus!! That rug in particular would be too hot, but they have a cotton version which is cheap, so I will give it a go! Thank you!!!


10-11-12, 05:51 PM
I am in the market for a good rainsheet if anyone has recommendations :D Borrowed a friend's Zilco the other day and it stood up pretty admirably to a day of consistent rain, so I'm liking those, but wouldn't mind something cheaper!

Storm is currently in the "Fashionable" Weatherbeeta cotton of the season:
(which of course she loves to accessorise with mud when she can).
It's a bit long in the tail for her, she normally wears a 6'6 but I think I could probably go to a 6'3 in the Weatherbeeta. A friend bought the rainsheet that matches this rug and it was awful - got drenched through (the same day that Storm was wearing the borrowed Zilco) and actually left blue dye on the rug beneath it so even though I'm all for the matchy matchy I won't be getting that rug.

Her paddock rug is a 180g fill Saxon. Apart from the drop not being so great - it looks like a mini skirt on Storm - it has held up really well and I'm satisfied with it. Then again, Storm doesn't really destroy her rugs.

10-11-12, 06:51 PM

10-11-12, 07:07 PM
The mesh doesn't hold water or stay cold as our temp varies a lot at this time of year.
Interested in how the cheaper rug wears.

The other rugs I found on ebay a few years back wore well too, and will be back on them in december.
When its too hot, and the rains never last long.
Yimar ones- def NOT waterproof, but wear well in paddocks. I did find the bindings perished , but I wash mine on regular basis which may cause that... other fittings all good-

Van Piper
10-11-12, 08:00 PM
I picked up some of these Axiom rugs
last year for my girls.


The crossover circingles are a lot further back than normal, and I found that the one which goes from the back to the front kept coming out and flapping around the hind legs. Solved the problem by putting a hairband around the tongue part of the clip, making it stay put when done up.
Unfortunately for me I had already cut the circingles off one of them in frustration before I worked out what was going wrong.
Good thing the leg straps are sufficient to keep it on the horse, so all good.
Neck is beginning to stretch a bit, but not too bad just yet. Thinking about sewing on another chest strap a bit higher up which has worked on other rugs.
Good quality fabric and fittings otherwise. They don't rub shoulders, so quite happy really.

I also have Zilco mesh rugs, as I find them the best fit. Mine are now three seasons old for the filly, still no problems apart from those darn elastic leg straps - time to replace them.
The mare's Zilco mesh rug finally gave up after six seasons, she rubbed on a tree and tore big holes in the fabric. I've made her some fly boots with the best bits of the fabric left over.
Trying to buy her some more of them, other mesh rugs I have for her at present are not as good a fit especially around the neck.

Van Piper
10-11-12, 08:13 PM
Hey Tempest

Try out the Axiom rainsheets
I bought one of these for the filly two years ago, and it is brilliant


I bought 600 denier, not 1200 denier. This is the weight of the fabric, the lighter the better for here in Qld.
"Light" for their rugs means no fill in case you were wondering.

I only bid on those which start at .99c, which means you can get them cheaper if you are willing to wait for the right one to bid on :)
I think I ended up paying around $45 including postage, for which they charged around $18.

10-11-12, 09:08 PM
Wish I had the same luck with you Van Piper, with Zilco. They are always wwaayyyy to tight across my horses chest and Ive never had one fit nicely (though I keep trying for some reason!) I thought my tough rug fitting days were over when I moved out of QH's and into stockhorses. My stockhorse is, if anything, wider than my qh's were!! ggrrrrrr. Plus I don't like to spend a lot on rugs as they seem to get destroyed on a regular basis (though he is in by himself atm, so may last a litttle longer!


10-11-12, 09:22 PM
Really I have too many to mention its embarrassing. But In general I really like Eurohunters from Saddleworld - for quality of fit and fittings - I have the mesh lined rain sheets for all 3 horses and a deluxe cotton and a 600 denier 200g fill rug and neck rug for my 6'3 rotund WB which are really great. The shark wither 20 yo TB fills out the Zilcos best - and the big TB 6'9 has done well out of Axiom winters but found their cottons to be useless. He currently wears a Zilco aircon which I'm about to buy for the other 2. Its wearing well in the paddock and super cool. I've got many other rugs in different types brands - doona, wool, show sets, polarfleece - - weatherbeeta, capriole, Skye park, there's more! Nothing that particularly stands out as terrible. Most are good as long as used for purpose and fits he particular horse

Van Piper
11-11-12, 07:37 AM
Hey Dragoness

Friend on mine with a QH says Horseland have a range especially made for QH with wider chest part.
Don't know any more than that, probably expensive.
I gave her a Kool Coat cotton which fitted her boy perfectly, so might be worth looking into for yours.?

Mine are both arabs with narrow chests, so most rugs I've tried are way too big in that area and I have to put extra darts in even before they start stretching the necklines as a lot of rugs do.
That's why the Zilcos are so good for mine.

Van Piper
11-11-12, 07:44 AM
Does anything think there is a market for a Neck Extender for those "hard to fit" big shouldered horses?

I've altered a lot of my rugs to reduce the necklines for my girls, either by putting in darts, or by crossing over the front or by putting another chest strap higher up the neckline.

Van Piper
11-11-12, 07:48 AM

I meant

"Does anyone think there is a market for a Neck Extender for those hard to fit big shouldered horses"

That will teach me to read my threads carefully before posting.

:) :)

11-11-12, 08:37 AM
I have seen a few sorts of shoulder extenders, if that is what you mean, that ad to the area we do up rugs.
The best one I had was made by Shires- and was a winter rug one.
Also depends on the rug fittings, one or double straps. Certainly could be useful to many of us.

11-11-12, 09:10 AM

One horse wears a custom made rug, cost about $180, but it fits him and doesn't rub....the rest wear cheap mesh rugs from Goodwoods :) $50 for two and they last for 2-3 seasons usually.


11-11-12, 11:23 AM
Van piper, yes!!!!! I have searched high and low for rug extenders, but I gave up trying to find anywhere in aus! If you're a sewing person you could make some money (and I would employ you to make me other things too, lol)


11-11-12, 12:34 PM
At the moment mine are both wearing Saxon fly mesh rugs. They normally only ever wear Zilco rugs as they seem to fit the best and last the longest. But I bought the Saxon ones last season as I needed them that day and couldn't find the Zilco ones in their sizes.

They normally wear these:
They are fantastic. Perfect fit for my 14.2h QH and 12.2 Aussie pony. Strange some people say they aren't wide enough for the QH! Mine is very broad across the chest and the pony is too for her size. I bought them about 4 years ago, they are starting to fall apart now, have been mended a few times but are past that now I think!

The saxon ones are these:
Bought last season, QH (who is the rug destroyer) has a few rips in hers but nothing major. They are wearing them at the moment, I took the Zilco's off yesterday due to being wet and holy. Good rug for the price.

While in the saddlery shop yesterday I came across these:
I am seriously thinking about buying these ones for them. They look as though they can withstand the brutality from my QH while still doing their job and not letting them overheat.

Has anyone tried the showcraft ones? I would normally steer clear of a cheap rug as they don't last normally, but these seemed quite well made.

I also have a vast collection. These two horses have more clothes than I do. But you never can tell when you may need a spare rug, it has come in handy a few times!!

11-11-12, 01:36 PM
My mare wears Capriole but they have changed the design and added shoulder gussets. I have a custom rug fromN'hay for my mini and will look to her for future rugs.

Another favourite rug maker is Jenny's rugs, she is down Beaudesert way.

11-11-12, 01:41 PM
We use the Caribu attached hood rugs with ear covers. The all cottons by themselves or as under rugs, and the mesh insert ones when it is really hot.

11-11-12, 04:42 PM
Mine both wear Caribu rugs as well, my gelding wears the same as the second one above and my mare wears the large gusset ones that cater for the wider chest QH's even though she's not a QH. After two years of wearing the first Caribu that I bought him it's now only just starting to tear in places, that is being worn 24/7 as well, I've only just recently bought him a second one to be able to swap them around.

12-11-12, 10:54 AM
Another one that uses Caribu, on my QHs
I have a full cotton for day rug/winter and the hybrid for Summer. Looking at getting a full mesh for when it is really hot as I have used them (zilco) previously on other horses.
I rug in Summer because of itch generally and I have used the Caribu full hood rugs but have started buying the combos and putting on the fly mask w/ears seperately (for safety). It's more expensive than just buying a hooded rug but oh well.

12-11-12, 02:40 PM
Lightweight w/beeta combo, unlined Skye Park canvas, cotton SP combo, combination of the 3 or nothing. In work galloper.

12-11-12, 08:56 PM
Another one for Caribu rugs ... currently using the long gusset combos .... generally get 2 - 3 years out of them wearing 24/7. Find the long gussets have nil shoulder rub on my horses and have lovely generous tail flaps.

23-12-12, 02:23 PM
My guys are all different - my 16 hh TB who is really hard to fit (long backed, skinny chest) only wears Skye park, eurohunter or axiom rugs as weatherbeeta, kool coat and any other cheap ones i have found rub him all over and I have an awesome Mesh hybrid from Just rugs but they dont make them anymore :(

My little 2yo TB x SH can wear anything. its whether it can survive him that matters. So for him, I am chasing tough but light rugs for summer and at this rate cheap ones. In winter he's been naked up till now, but for 2013 winter season he'll have an Axiom combo.

My two broodmares are in Axiom combos (again fit really well and have lasted for 3 seasons so far) for summer and winter. They stand up to playful foals really well and i can get them in different colours (easier to explain to non horsey family if they are different colours)

our old guy does best in cheap rugs from our saddlery (southwest stockfeeds in wagga) but doesnt like to wear summer rugs so he's naked in summer and rugged at nite in winter. All my ponies with the exception of the old boy wear their rugs 24/7, with a once a week naked day to let me wash their rugs and for them to get some Vit A and D.

My favourite rugs would have to be Eurohunter and Skye park but they are so pricey, so for cheaper options I do love the Axiom rugs and have yet to find a replacement mesh hybrid that i like, so im thinking bout using my just rugs one as a template and getting some custom made.

23-12-12, 10:20 PM
I have a huge collection because when they are all ripped to shreds and off being repaired I grab what I can, or I try something new but the ones I like best are the Camelot rugs. With other brands I have tried I have a big problem with the necks being to short. the Camelot ones are a good length and have a Velcro fastener to their bonnets so not horrible gap between bonnet and neck rug. They also have big generous tent tail flaps.
This year you can have a horse motif tape added (for a cost obviously) in a multitude of colours. I have found it useful and it helps be colour code all the different sizes I have to have





24-12-12, 09:22 PM
Currently my mare is wearing a Caribu mesh hood combo. They seem to fit her resaonably well(she's very tricky to fit around the chest, her shoulders are kind of pointy) and are nice and cool in this weather. She'll wear it all summer. I also have a Caribu cotton hood combo which she wears on the cooler days(eg low 20's) in summer and over the winter under her heavy rugs. I also have a couple of Caprioles which fit her better than anything. They're just combo's though. If the weather is cool and wet over summer she'll wear the Caprioles with a Eurohunter rainsheet over the top. So far all the wet days we've had have been hot too so at least with the mesh she dries quickly if she does get wet.

Come winter she has a Eurohunter Premium combo and if really chilly at night she'll have a woollen too but normally it's just a cotton and the Eurohunter. I also have an old Weatherbeeta Orican which she'll wear during the day or an old Weatherbeeta stable rug depending on the weather.

My old boy is naked all summer and in winter wears a Eurohunter cotton combo with either a Eurohunter True Blue or a Zilco Blue Mountain canvas depending on the weather. If it's cool and raining in summer I'll put a cotton combo with a Eurohunter rainsheet over the top. So far he hasnt' needed it this summer