Dhorse has a lycra vest that he wears under all his rugs, one lightweight turnout for autumn/spring, two medium weight turnouts for most of the winter, and a really thick one (that I would honestly sleep out in myself!) for really icy weather. He doesn't need any stable rugs but he has got a smart fleece and summer sheet (inherited from previous horse) in case we ever take him anywhere posh. I suppose he could do with some kind of sweatrug since he's not clipped but I've still got my old pony's stable rug that looks like jute but has wicking properties, so I just bung that over his back if he's hot.
I think I must get pony a heavier weight one for the real winter weather, was wondering whether you need spares in case they don't dry out during the day? He's stabled most of the day but out all night, it amazes me how he stays so chunky on just a 1/4 scoop of pony nuts when Barney starts to look skeletal as soon as it gets a bit nippy.
I would never be without spares. Ours used to be the opposite, out during the day and in at night, but a really soaked rug wouldn't always be dry enough to put back on in the morning. Also, if they came in with a leg strap missing or a big tear I didn't have to spend half the night mending it. It doesn't matter how cheap or tatty the spare is, as long as you've got one. You will be very glad of it I guarantee.
ok, goodie, was hoping to have an excuse to get another! I love buying rugs, but might be sensible and rummage in the 50/50 secondhand tack place - although I do sort of like those ones with sparkly glow in the dark stars on, you can get matching dog coats
no no I will get something tasteful instead, cute but tasteful
oh rug buying is addictive isn't it. I am very proud that I have reduced my rug ownership down to basically four now... My pony has a dealer clip (also known as a chaser I think) and is in at night so needs something when it is wet/cold.
> one lightweight turn out > one medium-weight turn out with neck > one medium-weight stable rug > one fleece.
I do have another fleece that is just for competing as it has sparkly gold tassels on it (thanks to my mum and her amazing sewing skills!) and I also have an old exercise blanket around somewhere but they don't really count.
One NZ (which isn't on yet - it's still very mild here, late teens). One filthy stable rug in the shed which needs cleaning. One sparkly clean stable rug at my old yard which I need to collect. One fleece.