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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Snug as a Bug in a...Premier Equine Rug!

It's been 8 years since I last bought an indoor rug, a combination of Kingshead layer system and Weatherbeeta fleeces. As I looked at Louie stood outside his stable one evening, he looked like he was wearing rags, so I hunted down the best recommendations for a layer system of rugs via #equinehour on Twitter.

By far the most popular was Premier Equine, with many others also in favour of Weatherbeeta. As Weatherbeeta isn't a layering system, I decided to take the plunge with Premier Equine, & thankfully the next morning was 20% off Stable Busters!

So I made my purchases!!
A 100g Stable Buster, 100g liner with hood & a Cellular Zone outdoor.

With this weekend's weather, I'm so glad I did!

I didn't measure Louie before buying, but he is sitting in a 6'6 with Weatherbeeta and Horseware, although they are deep on him, so I was concerned that Premier Equine could be too deep for him, especially in the backend.

Receiving the rugs at work was like Christmas had come early - not sure what it is about new rugs, but it's exciting to receive them!!

Combo horse rug liner

The fit is snug, but perfect for a liner. With wide velcro chest straps, lovely soft fleece strips on the withers and top of the neck, & two belly straps, it fit Louie well, and even without the Stable Buster on top, it stayed in place when turning Louie around and walking up and down the yard.

Additional weights are available in 200g & 300g

Premier Equine Combo liner

Stable Buster 100g Stable Rug with Hood

This rug has really impressed me with its fit - it fits Louie really well on the chest, length, shoulder, neck, and although looks deep on the back end, actually sits well around his hind. I got the 100g Stable Buster, but with liners, it essentially goes up to 400g, and there is a 450g for VERY cold weather, or outdoor stables.

The material that the rug is made of is tough, but flexible, and Louie has definitely laid down in his stable since wearing it, and it's never yet been wet or sticky from the dirt in his box.

It comes with a detatchable neck cover, which I've already added, but you don't need a combo liner as there are slots either side of the wither to attach a standard liner.

One of the best things about this rug is the velcro down the front of the chest, meaning the rug doesn't split and roll back onto the skin to create a rub.

Louie sporting his Premier Equine Stable Buster

Cellular Zone 250g Outdoor Rug

This rug was sold to me by the way in which it is put together. It has 250g down the back and over the hind quarters, as well as up the neck. But then the sides are 150g and the bottom is 100g to prevent the horse overheating, but keeping them warm when it's powering with rain (like this weekend!).

This rug has an integral neck cover, which I've never been keen on as they always seem to fall down. But this is fitted with an elasticated neck, so it stays are the top, behind his ears.

I used it yesterday when it was 1degree, and today when it was 3degrees - both days he has come in toastie warm, and not wet. The rug isn't sticky inside from the wet coming through, and the water runs off the rug, just like a Gore-tex jacket!!

I wasn't sure whether this rug was a good fit, so I'd sent a photo to Premier Equine, who replied within 24hrs, and actually when I measured Louie, he was a perfect fit. After doing it all up properly it fit much better, especially after walking up to the field.

Premier Equine Cellular Zone outdoor rug
I've never had Premier Equine rugs before, and so far so good. I ordered Monday morning, and they arrived on Tuesday morning, with standard delivery!! The Customer Service was good - helpful, responsive and quick. & best of all, I'm pleased with the overall fit of the rugs (& think Louie is too!)

Thus far, I would buy again.

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