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Fieldmasta 100g fixed neck turnout rug 
RRP
£100

Fieldmasta 100g fixed neck turnout rug

The neck design provides complete coverage and relieves pressure on the wither and neck, while shoulder gussets offer freedom of movement and prevent shoulder rubs.

5ft 6in – 7ft 6in

The verdict: “Plenty of technical features at a good price.”

“I liked the clever design of the neck, which has plenty of room and didn’t sit on my horse’s mane and rub it. Although it’s lightweight, the tough outer stood up to a lot of wear and tear from my lively horse and kept him dry, even in heavy rain.”

Masta-Fieldmasta
RRP
£100.00

Masta Fieldmasta turnout rug

Features A 200g fill turnout rug with a 600D outer for the body and extra-tough 1,200D reinforced neck

“I really liked the fit of this rug, especially the dome shape of the neck, which made it very roomy and took the pressure off my horse’s mane. I also liked that the surcingles pass through the sides of the rug, so it stopped the material pulling tight around his elbows and stifles. The shoulder darts are generous, so he didn’t look restricted at all. The outer fabric is tough and has survived the games my horse plays with the youngsters in his field, and it’s very breathable – I could throw it straight on after riding.”

guardian-fence-buster
RRP
£124.80

Guardian Fence Buster 250g rug

An anti-escape turnout rug made of fabric that channels the pulse of electricity to the inside of the rug the instant any contact is made with the fence.
Sizes: 4ft 3in – 6ft 6in

“I used this rug over the winter on my escape artist horse, who has a habit of breaking through electric fencing, especially when he’s protected by a rug. He tried it once when he was wearing this rug, but that was all, so I’m happy to say that the technology worked. The rug itself was a good fit and I liked that it was deep enough to fit my warmblood. It was insulated enough to keep him warm all through the winter, but breathable so he didn’t get sweaty. It’s quite a heavy rug to lift and put on a big horse, but in general I was very happy with it.”

shires-jersey-cooler
RRP
£55.99

Shires jersey cooler combo

Sizes: 4ft 9in – 7ft

A jersey outer and fleece inner, with an extended neck cover that sits over the poll for extra coverage and protection. Lined at the chest for comfort with one chest strap.

“I loved how warm this rug was and that it had such good coverage – there weren’t any gaps and the ear holes stopped the neck from slipping down. I used it after bathing or after exercise on cold days to stop any chills. I thought it was lovely, quality material and excellent value for the price. I found the sizing to be quite generous.”

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