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As we seem to be having really unsettled weather at the moment I'm finding it harder to keep my one horse comfortable. He has various medical conditions and he is allowed to be a wimp when outside in the field so when he starts to dither when it drops below a certain temperature I bring him in to his nice warm stable and as if by magic the dithering stops!
On the cooler nights I have been putting a thin cotton rug on him which was unfortunately not doing much of a job in keeping him warm so I turned to my massive rug collection and managed to unearth a very light stable rug which was perfect for those cooler nights as it has hardly any filling to it.
The rug in question is made by a world leading rug manufacturer called Weatherbeeta - they supply rugs throughout the world and have been dominating the market for quite a number of years. The rug is known as the Jasper Extra Lite and is the little sister to the thicker Jasper Stable Rug. Weatherbeeta made it solely for those cool and may be chilly nights where anything thicker would cause the horse to over heat.
The rug itself has a 210 denier outer shell which is channel quilted. As you can see from the photo it looks like a sleepbag which is what channel quilting is. The denier amount is basically measured as to how tough the outside of the rug is. Being a stable rug they tend to have a low denier as they don't have to withstand the outside elements as well as bushes and trees.
The inside of the rug is made up of 110g of polyfill and again with polyfill the more you have the thicker and warmer the rug is. Because there is only 110g in this rug it is incredibly light and thin which compared to a very thick stable rug means it is easy to put on the horse as well as fold up and store when it is not in use. It has a polycotton lining which manages to keep the horse's coat soft and at the top of the rug there is a wither pad which helps to prevent the rubbing of the mane.
At the front of the rug there is one buckle strap which has quite a few different holes to ensure the right fit for your horse although should you have a wide chested horse you can purchase a chest expander which allows the front of the rug to fit a wider horse. At the side of the rug there are two straps known as surcingles which cross under the horse's belly and fasten on the other side. These are fully adjustable but not removable. Finally, at the back of the rug there is a fillet string which goes underneath the horse's tail. It is vital that both the surcingles and fillet string are not too tight or too loose.
I've got quite a few Weatherbeeta stable rugs of all different weights and vareties and they are all incredibly well made and the Jasper Extra Lite is no different. The contrasting binding is tough and durable as is the rug even if it is only for indoor use. All the fastenings are very secure to the rug so unless the horse uses all its force the buckles won't budge at all. Despite being so tough they are easily adjusted to suit the fit of your horse.
My horse has worn this rug several nights over the last week or so (and has worn the same rug earlier in the year) and has managed to keep him warm by simply taking the edge off the coolness so he doesn't end up over heating which is great as horses don't like to overheat and sweat. Fortunately my horse has been quite happy wearing his rug and he hasn't felt too hot when checked late at night. By morning he is still warm but I can tell when I take his rug off that he hasn't sweated at all.
This really is a useful stable rug to have as apart from keeping a horse warm on those chilly nights and also as an under-rug beneath the heavy weight stable rugs just to keep a horse nice and toasty. It has certainly come in handy for my horses as during the really cold months it is great to add a bit of warmth underneath a heavier rug and it does the job just fine. Overall, this is a great rug to have in any collection as it is great for all round use.
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Colours: Navy/Silver, New Orchid/Royal
Sizes: Navy/Silver in 4'0 to 7'3, New Orchid/Royal in 5'0 to 6'9
Price: Between £30.00 to £40.00 depending on the retailer