“ Brand: Premier Equine / Type: Heavyweight Turnout Rug with Detachable neck „
Rugs rugs rugs! If you are a horse owner you will know just how many different turnout rugs there are out there and it is seemingly impossible to know how to choose the right one.
Several years ago I discovered the Premier Equine heavyweight turnout rug and it seemed too good to be true.
It has all the features of rugs which are far more expensive:
- Detachable neck cover with elastic at the top to keep it in place
- Trigger clips on the front buckles with adjustable straps, for ease of fastening with gloves on
- Elasticated shoulder gussets
- Reflective safety strips on the front and back
- Large tail flap
- Super warm 450g fill
- Cross surcingles and fillet string
- Self righting so no need for leg straps
- Extra deep cut for more coverage
- Tough 1680D outer
There are a few thoughtful features there which make all the difference, like the elastic at the top of the neck cover which stops it falling forward over the horse's ears or too far back. And never again would I have a winter rug with fiddly buckles - I want to keep my hands inside my gloves when I'm putting their rugs on thanks! So nice chunky trigger clips win every time.
These rugs fit my horses well and, despite them being quite chunky, the rugs are still a deep and generous fit (a lot of rugs are very skimpy on my horses). They are both clipped but they stay warm and dry even on the nastiest wet, cold days. They also stay in place perfectly - no matter how much the horses run about and roll, those rugs are always exactly where they should be.
I think they are very good value at about £100 (if you're quick you can get them in the sale for £75).
The only problems I've had with them are:
- The 'safety' clips on the fillet string are a nuisance as they are fiddly to undo. However, you rarely have to undo the fillet string so it isn't too much of a problem
- The same clips have been known to break - on mine and a friend's rug both when quite new
- After a couple of season's use the filling does seem to condense a bit, leaving the rug perhaps not quite as warm as it was when new. However this does seem to be the case with other brands of heavyweight rug too.