Our guide to show rugs and coolers will ensure you’re kitted out for the competition season.
The world of rugs is vast and full of options, but our guide will have you show-ready in no time. From super-smart show rugs to lightweight coolers, find the ideal rug for you and your horse’s needs.
Show Rug vs. Cooler
Both show rugs and coolers offer great practical benefits for you and your horse:
- Highly efficient at wicking moisture and sweat away
- Made with lightweight technical or mesh fabric
- Quick drying
- Lightweight coverage
- Smart style
- Protection against dust and flies
- Perfect for layering on cold days
As their name suggests, coolers are designed to help your horse cool down, so they’re perfect for your horse post-workout. Just as you need time to catch your breath without getting chilly after exercise, your horse needs a little help to prevent him from cooling down too quickly. Even in the summer, a cooler can be a great help for maintaining your horse’s ideal body temperature, whether on the journey back from competing, after a fast hack, or a visit to the gallops.
Whilst the materials used may vary, coolers all have one thing in common – breathability. They’re expertly designed to wick away moisture without your horse cooling down too fast. This prevents muscles from getting stiff or sore from tensing against the cold.
Mesh fabric is super lightweight and great for cooling your horse on warmer days. It wicks away moisture and dries quickly too, regulating your horse’s temperature and preventing chilling.
Waffle fabric is hardwearing and designed to provide a buffer against the cold, while wicking away moisture. This makes waffle coolers a practical choice for travelling.
Show rugs help keep your horse looking neat and tidy as you travel and prepare for your latest competition.
Usually made of a light material, show rugs offer a balance between warmth and style. A good quality rug will be hardwearing enough to withstand use while travelling, but soft to keep your horse comfortable.
If your horse is prone to ruining all the hard work you put into plaiting his mane, choose a smart show rug with a detachable neck for additional protection.
Ideal for keeping your horse spotless. They’re hardwearing and light enough to prevent over-heating but provide a little warmth for those chilly summer evenings or when he’s freshly bathed.
Lightweight and smart, fleece rugs are not only great for shows and travelling, they’re useful for cooling, drying and stable wear too. The soft fleece fabric wicks away sweat to keep your horse dry and comfortable.
With thermal properties, quilted rugs are ideal on colder show days. Soft to touch with a bonded lining that wicks away moisture, these rugs are also ideal for travelling, drying and stable wear.
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