“ Brand: Weatherbeeta / Type: Equestrian - Rug „
While I was in hospital at the end of October I received a call from my partner advising me that on checking my horses that morning the one horse had completely torn his turnout rug from top to bottom and was basically fit or the bin as it was too damaged to be repaired. I was annoyed and frustrated as lying in a hospital bed with no access to anything I had to rely on my other half to go out and buy a suitable replacement. I text him all the details for the rug the horse would need and asked him that day to go out and buy the replacement rug.
Even though he is not a horsey person, being with me so long he has a pretty good idea of what rugs I like for my horses and also what brand I like. Weatherbeeta for me has proved a life saver time after time, they fit my horses perfectly, they last a long time and are reliable. They have a huge range of turnout rugs but my partner bought the Genero turnout combo rug. The Genero range is new to Weatherbeeta and provides rugs on a slightly cheaper scale than their other rugs.
Finally out of hospital last weekend I took a trip up to see my beloved horses to make sure they were all fit and well. My one horse was proudly wearing his new Genero combo turnout rug with not a rip or tear in sight! I wouldn't of purchased the Genero combo rug myself personally as I do like a rug to have shoulder darts which give plenty of movement but after seeing my horse actually in the rug I was really impressed.
The Genero Medium Combo rug is a standard turnout rug which has a waterproof and breathable 600 denier (higher the denier tougher the outside of the rug) ripstop outer shell. Having ripstop means that the rug is designed to withstand rips and tears more than most rugs. The Genero combo rug is classed as a medium weight rug and has 220g of polyfill, again more the polyfill the warmer the rug. The inside of the rug has a soft nylon lining which helps keep the horse's coat smooth and clean.
The outer shell of the rug is pretty basic compared to the other Weatherbeeta rugs but it seems just as effective. The neck of the rug goes all the way up to the ears of the horse (it should never cover the ears, this would mean the rug is too big) and is the same material and thickness of the main body of the rug. The neck is attached to the rug so cannot be removed and is fastened by to Velcro straps which are then covered by a reinforced panel. The rug is held in place by two adjustable buckles at the front together with low cross surcingles (adjustable) which go across the belly, these help keep the rug in position. At the back of the rug there are removable and adjustable leg straps which cross in between the back legs and again these help keep the rug in place and prevent the rug from sliding over to one side. The tail flap on the Genero is relatively small in comparison to the rug which is a pain as I do like the larger tail flap which wraps around the tail and rug but this is a budget rug so I can't complain!
I have to admit when my partner said he had purchased this rug I was a bit dubious because sometimes budget rugs tend to be fairly unreliable and can be ripped quite easily. But as this was from Weatherbeeta I did think that it might be of better quality but still had my reservations. Now I've seen the rug on my horse it fits him really well and he is quite a large horse who is an old fashioned warmblood type, he basically is tall and large all over! The one concern is the neck on the rug is a bit on the narrow side and just about fits my horse so for a horse with a very large neck then this rug will struggle to fit the horse. The rug is nice and deep in the chest and all the fastenings are easily adjustable. My horse seems perfectly happy in the rug, it fits him well, he has enough room to be able to move around the field freely even without the shoulder darts and so far no rips or tears have appeared!
The Genero Medium Combo Turnout is also available without the attached neck and is known as the standard version. The Genero combo costs around £46 - £50 which for a Weatherbeeta combo rug is a good reasonable price especially for this rug. It comes in one colour, red and navy (but previous season colours of black and silver can still be purchased) and is available in sizes 5'0 to 7'3. The rug can be purchased at all Weatherbeeta retailers both in store and on line. It does come in a handy rug bag which makes storing a lot easier.
This rug is an ideal spare for me as I do prefer my rugs to have shoulder darts and to have a larger tail flap to protect from the elements but I can't complain about the fit or the price. The rug feels incredibly soft and well padded and my horse is kept warm and dry which is exactly what I and all horse owners are after. The Genero is definitely a great budget rug which is ideal as a spare or a main rug.