Rugs for fatties?

wattamus

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Mine isn't fat but is very deep chested and I have found that amigos do the job, shires used to but they have a funny neck shape now and seem to dig into my horses neck. That or Masta rugs
 

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My mare is chunky, she's not fat but has a wide chest etc. Masta don't fit her at all, I think it may have something to do with the lack of shoulder gusset. Weatherbeetas fit her best. Shires fit, but due to her shires she's now lacking half her mane :(
 

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Ok thanks will avoid shires then! Will have a look into amigos and gallops - I quite like the sound of the belly wrap. I like mastas but they seem as though inflation has hit big time - £75 for a LW no fill? I know you pay for quality but...!

I didn't mean fat as in overweight, more wide/broad.
 

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Ok thanks will avoid shires then! Will have a look into amigos and gallops - I quite like the sound of the belly wrap. I like mastas but they seem as though inflation has hit big time - £75 for a LW no fill? I know you pay for quality but...!

I didn't mean fat as in overweight, more wide/broad.


I'd say look at weatherbeetas if they're broad but they're not cheap. They fit my friends shire x who looks like she's in foal most of the summer mare very well.

I've seen some of the gallop rugs and they seem to rip quite easily. Or the one with one at our yard shredded his.

The only thing I'd say with the cheaper rugs is that some of them come up small,and can be like a mini skirt. My old boy came with a Saxon, he was 16.3 and in a 7ft rug and it was still really short.

Premier equines are good but have sky rocketed price wise.

I also got my old boy a cadence rug, it was lovely, deep and looked rather roomy but I don't think they make rugs anymore although you may find one on the Internet, was a lovely rug and withstood constant biting from a pesky pony. That wasn't cheap either tho.

I'd say if they're wide look for something with a shoulder gusset in the side, tends to make them a bit roomier - or so I've found.
 

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I'd say look at weatherbeetas if they're broad but they're not cheap. They fit my friends shire x who looks like she's in foal most of the summer mare very well.

I've seen some of the gallop rugs and they seem to rip quite easily. Or the one with one at our yard shredded his.

The only thing I'd say with the cheaper rugs is that some of them come up small,and can be like a mini skirt. My old boy came with a Saxon, he was 16.3 and in a 7ft rug and it was still really short.

Premier equines are good but have sky rocketed price wise.

I also got my old boy a cadence rug, it was lovely, deep and looked rather roomy but I don't think they make rugs anymore although you may find one on the Internet, was a lovely rug and withstood constant biting from a pesky pony. That wasn't cheap either tho.

I'd say if they're wide look for something with a shoulder gusset in the side, tends to make them a bit roomier - or so I've found.

Now you mention it, I think it might've been gallop we had one one of ours before which shredded within a day or so of her wearing it. I put her in a slumberdown today which was a 6'3 but rather tight fitting so not sure whether slumber down is a 'small' fitting or whether she truly needs a 6'6. Might get the bigger size as it gives her a bit of extra room.

Thanks :)
 

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Now you mention it, I think it might've been gallop we had one one of ours before which shredded within a day or so of her wearing it. I put her in a slumberdown today which was a 6'3 but rather tight fitting so not sure whether slumber down is a 'small' fitting or whether she truly needs a 6'6. Might get the bigger size as it gives her a bit of extra room.

Thanks :)

My old boy had cheaper rugs, he had to have them in the next size up. They tend to not be as deep or as long to be honest, so that may be why. My mares rug size can vary depending on the make. Also derby house rugs are useless and fall to bits, never had one but friends have, horrible rugs. Had a mark Todd which was roomy but I didn't like it, bits kept falling off, but it came with him so it may have been the rugs age. Although he had 2 ancient Rambos that didn't fall to bits and were lovely rugs, buit I'm just not prepared to pay that much for a rug.

I'm quite lucky though, my mare is good with rugs, she appreciates not freezing her but off, she's also head of the herd so the others won't try the biting game with her.

Also to add to the rugs I wouldn't buy list is loveson, never had one but took one out of the bag and it looked as though it was made of paper and I'm doubting it would have a long life even with my rug friendly mare.
 

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Both my horses have gallop rugs and have just come through their second winter still intact! I find them true to size and a lovely depth. I have had saxon rugs on my cob that look like mini skirts but the gallop rugs come down to his knees. My cob has a very thick neck and this rug is the only combo that doesn't cut off the blood supply when he's got his head down grazing!
 

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Weatherbeeta are also good size -wise. The ones to stay away from for bigger set horses in my experience are Masta, Shires, Mark Todd/JHL and any of the 'cheap' brands. I have to go up a size in each of these for my chunky boy, whereas Horseware, Weatherbeeta and PE are a good size.
 

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What does everyone think about swish rugs? They seem to have a good selection, are 1200D, come in red (bonus!), have the shoulder gusset and are a decent price.
 

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I find Fal and PE best for my extremely large shouldered horse and my very wide share horse - not cheap though. PE in particular have a really good depth so they don't end up looking like they're wearing a mini-skirt!

ETA - if you sign up to PE e-mails they send one out daily with a code for 20% off a product every day. Can make the difference between a rug being affordable or not.
 
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