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For mothers day this year I was asked what I'd like by my other half despite last year getting a card and a mug I thought this was a bit unusual and wondered what he had either done wrong or what he was about to do wrong! But I joked around by saying I'd like the Rambo Newmarket Stable Rug for my newest boy (clearly I never thought I would actually get it!) and before I knew it his answer was "that's absolutely fine, show me the website, here is my credit card" never have I heard those words used to freely- definitely something a little suspicious!
Horseware are a global brand known for their top quality items which adorn horses and ponies worldwide. Horseware have three main brands - Rambo, Rhino and Amigo. All of which cater for horses and ponies regardless of size. Horseware originates from Ireland but word soon got out about how great their rugs are and stockists were rushing to stock their items in order to please their demanding customers! My horses only wear Horseware rugs (from any of the 3 brands) as I find the fit and quality is better than any other make of rug.
You don't have to have a racehorse to use a Newmarket rug! I guess most people who see those gold, red and black stripes think instantly of racehorses but Rambo have introduced a Newmarket range which features rugs, head collars, exercise sheets to name just a few items! Not only do they come in the typical Newmarket colours but they also come in a brown and grey variety making them a little more unique. Of course there are other brands which have branched out into doing their own Newmarket range but for me the Rambo Newmarket Stable Rug is of far superior quality and style. Please note that the Newmarket Stable Rug is for indoor use only as it isn't waterproof and shouldn't be used when a horse is turned out into the field.
The Rambo Newmarket Stable Rug which I own is in the lovely gold/black/red variety as I wanted to opt for the more traditional colours. To look at the rug is bright and bold but nevertheless quite lovely. It features a decent, medium weight 200g thermobonded fibrefill. Ideal for the cooler spring months as it keeps my horse warm yet doesn't make him over heat. Keeping in mind my horse is a Hanoverian and they can be known to be slightly wimpish in the colder months and that he was clipped in January so his coat was incredibly short. To feel the rug is soft and quilt like almost like a medium weight sleeping bag. Unlike other stable rugs I own it isn't channel quilted but slightly stitched on the outer-shell. The rug is also polyester lined which helps keep the coat soft and shiny and hopefully won't rug in places such as the shoulder or on the withers.
The outer-shell of the rug has the stripes printed on which go from the front of the rug all the way to the back. The outer-shell also features a water and dirt repellent coating which although this is a stable rug so probably won't come into contact with water or mud when your horse stays in a dusty stable then having this repellent coating is actually quite useful especially when your horse lies down a lot in its stable. However, I have found that stable stains on the rug will happen as mine is quite stained but when you have horses you know that their rugs are not going to stay in perfect condition so I guess the repellent isn't that particularly strong but for me it makes no major difference as my rugs are professionally washed each year to get them back to their former glory!
The rug features Horseware's "Classic" original cut which means that the rug is straight all the way round at the bottom. Rambo do have a variety of rugs which are shaped, so they are deeper at the front than the back but the Rambo Newmarket Stable Rug is the "Classic" cut. For me as it is a stable rug then it makes no difference, I find that the stable rug is nice and deep on my rather large 17.2hh horse! The front does up with two surcingle type fittings which are held in place by velcro. To keep the rug in position on the horse there are two adjustable black surcingles (all fittings are black) which are stitched on one side of the rug and to do up you simply stand on the opposite side and cross them under the horse's belly. Just for added help there is a black fillet string which is at the back of the rug and goes quite loosely under the horse's tail. The fillet string is removable should you not want it. The rug also features fittings at the top of the rug (where it would lie on the neck) if you wanted to attach the detachable rug cover. I bought the rug attachment and I find that it is easily attached within a minute or so.
I had this rug just in time to receive it on mother's day and although I was obviously very pleased my horse didn't look too impressed! I opted for the 7ft size and although it fitted well I guess in hindsight I should have opted for the 7ft3 (measured from shoulder to top of the tail) just to allow for build up of muscle but I don't have any worries that the 7ft won't fit this coming winter. The fit although snug is lovely and deep which makes me feel better knowing that he kept nice and warm at night. All fittings are easy to do and adjust should you need to. The rug is certainly very well made and is just as you would expect from a brand like Horseware/Rambo. The rug is such a classic design which is lovely and I am incredibly pleased my other half bought it for me (I am still waiting to see why he was so generous!) as it has kept my one horse very comfortable and warm in the colder months. Definitely a big recommendation from me!
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Brand: Horseware/ Rambo
Sizes: 5ft3 to 7ft6
Colour(s): Whitney Gold, Whitney Chocolate and Whitney Charcoal
Price: RRP £84.99 - my other half paid £39.99!
Availability: Horseware stockists