WHAT WE SELL
HORSE TURNOUT RUGS
There are many different types of rug on the market manufactured to suit a variety of purposes. You should be quite certain that you are buying a rug suitable for your purpose. The following glossary of terms will give you an indication of what particular use a rug was intended for: -
TURNOUT RUG – a generic term that can encompass both New Zealand's and/or Paddock Rugs. Check with a member of our staff if you are not sure.
RIP STOP– refers to the material and describes a way of modifying the wrap and weft of a fabric to enable it to contain rips and tears. Usually a man made toughened fabric this does not mean that it is impossible to rip. It will not stop barbed wire tears.
WATERPROOF/WATER RESISTANT– this refers to the outer fabric of the rug, which will not allow water to pass from the outside through to the horse’s skin. Any rug advertised as waterproof is referring to the fabric used for the rug rather than the whole product. This is because rugs contain stitching and fastenings that cannot be tape seamed to prevent water penetration. Although threads swell to fill stitching holes, movement is just as likely to stretch the seams. You should always be prepared to change a rug that has been subjected to hours of heavy rain for a spare dry one giving you the time to dry off the original.
TEAR PROOFING– although our manufacturers use materials and fittings suitable for a horse’s strength everything used must have a breaking point for your horse’s safety. It would be dangerous to the horse to make a rug so strong that it would not give way when the horse gets caught up or trapped in an obstacle. To protect your horse and its rug you should ensure that it cannot come into contact with barbed wire or sharp projections.
BREATHABLE – this refers to the capability of the rug to allow sweat and moisture to pass from the horse’s skin to the outside. This is achieved by a membrane or coating (hydrophilic layer) allowing tiny water molecules or vapour to be drawn away from the horse’s skin and through to the outer material
TAPED SEAMS – this refers to a taping method used to cover seams on the inside of the rug to provide a physical barrier to prevent water leaking through. This can only be done with the rug fabric and not with any fittings or badges stitched onto the rug.
POLYFILL– Polyfill is measured in grams – the higher the grams the more fill there are per square metre and this generally means the warmer your horse will be.
DENIER – Denier is the weight of yarn in a given area of fabric. The higher the denier the tougher the fabric.
MAINTENANCE OF YOUR TURNOUT RUG
Rugs should be removed and both rug and horse checked daily. They should never be put on a wet horse. When you buy a new rugdo not throw away your old one! There will come a time when exceptionally rough weather or accidental damage will mean that you need a replacement for a few days while your main rug is dried or repaired. Do not wait until things go wrong before having a Contingency Plan. You should not expect to go through the whole winter with just one rug. Straps, fittings, stitching and especially velcro should be checked and cleaned regularly. Rugs need reproofing from time to time to maintain their weather resistance. Ask our staff to recommend a suitable reproofer and or sealer for the rug you have chosen or let us get it laundered and reproofed for you. At the end of the season a rug should be thoroughly dried and cleaned according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You may also need to use our rug repair service to have any damage repaired before the next season.
IF THERE IS A PROBLEM
Always keep the till receipt of major purchases such as rugs.We will request proof of purchase before accepting your query. Remember, you do not have an automatic right of replacement and please accept that the rug may have to be left with us so that we may either effect repairs or refer the problem back to the manufacturer (have a contingency plan). A manufacturer will not comment on a ‘faulty’ rug until they have inspected it and are satisfied that either the materials or the production were at ‘fault’.
Please remember that when returning your rug for repair or replacement it should be clean and dry. It is not only extremely unpleasant for someone to have to handle a manure stained muddy rug but it also contravenes the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Stable rugs help keep your horse warm and clean when stabled. Like turnout rugs we keep an excellent selection.
FLY AND MIDGE RUGS
Fly and midge rugs are light weight and used to prevent biting insects coming into contact with the horse's skin where covered. Some will just protect against flies whilst those with a tighter weave will help prevent midges biting and can help prevent or reduce the midge bite reaction known as sweet itch, many will also offer some UV protection.
COOLERS , TRAVEL RUGS AND EXERCISE RUGS
As well as turn out and stable rugs we have a wide selection of coolers, travel and exercise rugs to suit most occasions and pockets.
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