“ Manufacturer: Weatherbeeta / Type: Equestrian - Rug „
Like a lot of places in the UK we have been hit by snow in Lincolnshire and although not as bad as some places there is still plenty to cause wide spread disruption. Obviously with the snow comes the dropping temperatures and even though I can wrap myself up incredibly warm my horses rely on me to do this for them. My horses have very fine fur coats and require a bit of extra help throughout the winter in keep warm and comfortable especially my one who suffers with arthritis. Just like people layers do wonders on horses!
One rug that I have unearthed from my large pile of rugs is the Weatherbeeta Landa Freestyle High Neck. As I have mentioned before in my other reviews Weatherbeeta are a world leader in manufacturing horse wear and their products are sold globally. I always buy Weatherbeeta basically because they fit my horses well and they are incredibly good value for money.
The High Neck rug is basically the standard version which an extra piece of material which goes slightly up the neck of the horse. It is for that little bit of extra protection against the elements and is great for those horses who over heat in full necked rugs. The rug is exactly the same as it is in the picture although mine has a few more patches of mud on it!
Weatherbeeta have two different styles of rug; standard and freestyle. This rug is the freestyle version as it features the freestyle gusset which allows fluid movement, a cupped shoulder dart which again helps the horse move without restriction and the full wrap tail flap which helps protect against the elements. I really like a full wrap tail flap as it is so large and even on my big horses it covers quite a lot of their backside!
This rug is classed as a medium weight rug as it has 220g of polyfill (higher the polyfill heavier the rug) and has a lovely 210T nylon lining which in my opinion keeps the coat smooth and shiny and helps reduce rubbing. The outer shell of this rug is 600 denier diamond weave ripstop which again higher the denier stronger the rug. The diamond weave ripstop is the special weave of the fabric and creates a diamond type pattern on the fabric. Basically if the rug has a tear or a rip it is confined within the diamond so it doesn't rip anymore of the rug. Obviously if your horse really does tear the rug then it has pretty much had it! Needless to say it does reduce large rips or tears as I have found out on many occasion making it easier to repair either by myself or professionally.
The rug is an outdoor rug and the fabric is waterproof (helped by taped seams) and is breathable so should your horse become too hot the fabric can wick away any moisture. The outer shell of the rug features Weatherbeeta's repel shell technology where a coating has been applied to the fabric and this helps repel water and dirt but of course this only lasts for a certain amount of time!
To help keep the rug in place are two adjustable buckles at the front of the rug and there are two adjustable surcingles which cross over the belly of the horse and secure on the one side of the rug. To help keep the rug even more secure are two removable and adjustable leg straps which are at the back of the rug and cross between the horse's back legs.
I've got two of these rugs and have owned them for about five years and the style hasn't really changed whatsoever. I either use them as a second layer under their heavier combo type rugs or I use them on cool spring days when it is nice to get them out of all their layers. Despite owning them for five years I have them professionally cleaned and re-proofed every year and they always come back looking as good as new. Albeit some of the fittings tend to get a bit rusty after a lot of heavy use. The padding in these rugs last a long time as some rugs do tend to deflate after two years or more of use but with these they still feel incredibly padded and soft almost like a sleeping bag! One thing to bear in mind is the extended neck part of the rug does not suit all shapes of horse so any horses with a wide, thick neck it may not fit very well. Another thing is that it can rub the horse's mane which is sometimes inevitable with horses who wear rugs.
Unfortunately Weatherbeeta don't retail the Freestyle Landa High Neck in the UK anymore but you can probably find it on equestrian stores online and maybe EBay but I think they originally retailed at around £60.00. Should you be really desperate for one of these rugs Weatherbeeta do retail these rugs in the USA.
For me, these rugs provide a well needed layer on my horses as they provide an extra layer to keep them warm but they also come in incredibly useful when spring comes round. The filling doesn't deflate and they stay well padded for quite some years. I would definitely recommend this rug it is just a shame they don't sell them in the UK anymore.