HINTS & TIPS

Winter rugging

  1. If you want a rug to keep your unclipped horse warm, you need at least a medium weight. In colder dry weather, your horse's hair will start to stand on end, trapping air and creating an insulating layer. Wearing a rug prevents this from happening, so in dry weather your horse will actually feel colder with a lightweight turnout on than without.
  2. When you are preparing to clip, as well as checking your clippers over, make sure your rugs are ready. You'd be amazed how many people come in saying they've clipped the horse and then realised they haven't got a rug to put on it If you were very organised and did them early, make sure you have collected them! Also, depending where you store your rugs its worth checking they haven't been nibbled at by mice etc over summer. ! If you haven't got them done yet, give us a call before you clip!
  3. If your horse is living out over winter, make sure you check regularly for any rug rubs, and that the coat is looking well underneath the rug. We have heard stories of horses with lice going undetected for weeks because no-one is checking under the rugs.
  4. Neck covers are useful for clipped horses to prevent hair re-growing faster on the neck than the body. They are also useful to give extra protection in very cold weather, and to prevent heavy rain getting down the front of the rug. However many horses are too hot wearing neck covers all winter, and because they trap the grease, it can result in mane rubs. We recommend using a detachable neck cover if possible, so you only use it when you need to. To help prevent mane rubs, make sure you use a well fitting neck cover with a shiny lining, keep the mane as clean as possible (we find Shapleys Easy Out dry shampoo is great), and apply show sheen or detangler regularly.
  5. If you are unlucky and your horse does lose some mane, ask us about Shapleys MTG which helps to speed up the regrowth.
  6. Using a cotton sheet over the top of your winter stable rug prevents them from getting too filthy, and they are easy to swap and wash, so your stable rug stays clean all winter.
  7. Conversely, if you have a horse that tends to get very greasy, a cotton sheet underneath your other rugs can be a good idea!
  8. Get off to a flying start for next season by getting your summer fly rugs and lightweight turnout rugs cleaned during our quiet periods (December – February). Watch out for discount offers!

Rug Buying Guide

If you are in the market for a new rug, here are a few important considerations:

  • It may sound obvious, but make sure you know what size you need. Rugs are measured from the middle of the chest (under the base of the neck) to the end of the rump (where you want the rug to finish).
  • Turnout rugs are the most flexible option, as they can also be used in the stable.
  • Rugs such as Bucas or Coolex offer stable and turnout rugs with a wicking liner, which can be fantastic time savers allowing you to rug a wet horse.
  • Invest in layers, or a technical fabric rug (like Bucas) so you can mix and match to suit the weather.
  • Rugs marketed as "under rugs" or "liners" tend to made from thinner fabric, so they don't last as well. We recommend using a lightweight stable rug instead, as it can do more jobs.
  • Detachable neck give you more options, and mean you don't have to risk the mane rubbing away when you don't really need to use a neck. Most horses don't really need full necks except if they are fully clipped, elderly or convalescing AND the weather is awful.
  • If you want to use a neck cover to save grooming time, choose a thin one that won't overheat your horse, and that can be easily washed and dried to prevent grease building up (to help reduce mane damage).
  • If you want a rug to keep your unclipped horse warm, you need at least a medium weight. In colder dry weather, your horse's hair will start to stand on end, trapping air and creating an insulating layer. Wearing a rug prevents this from happening, so in dry weather your horse will actually feel colder with a lightweight turnout on than without.

XC tips

From sponsored rider Phil Brown

  1. Always ride away from your fences positively no matter how good/bad the jump was. This instills confidence in the horse and sends him the signal that you are getting on with the job. It also helps with making the time as you will save at least one second per fence if you land and kick!
  2. When walking the XC course always look at your fences from the landing side too. You will often see a different line from the one you first thought, this could save time with a single fence or give you a clearer idea of which line to take through a combination.
  3. You know your horse best so when you have made a plan on which lines you will take and how you will approach the fences try not to be too influenced by other riders ideas as each horse is individual.
  4. Familiarise yourself with any alternative or long routes. Although they may not be in your original plan you need to know where they are in case you have to make any changes to it on the way round.

Malton Equine Laundry Limited
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