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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Thermic Quilt Rug from Weatherbeeta

Team Tunnah Equestrian - Weatherbeeta Thermic Quilt Cooler

Back when I first got Louie, I used to use the Weatherbeeta thermic quilt rug I'd had for years to keep him warm after I'd finished riding - I wrote a blog on how good it was back then! As he got older, stronger and fitter, I stopped using it, instead opting to simply cool him down when I was still riding. However, since moving yards, I've rekindled my love for this rug, and forgotten just how good and effective it was! 

There's plenty of thermic quilt style fleeces, rugs and coolers on the market, all ranging in pricing, but I'd say that for £75 this is one is excellent, and it actually doesn't compromise on anything. It is basically a multi-layered polyester knit outer that has a super soft feel & is highly absorbent. Whether you're just back from a ride where you got caught in the downpour, just bathed your horse, or even have a sweaty horse after working in the winter, the thermic quilt cooler from Weatherbeeta easily wicks away any moisture to help keep your horse dry, while keeping them warm & comfortable at the same time.

Unlike some other brands of this style of rug that are available, this rug fastens in such a way that means you can leave it on in the stable while your horse cools & dries, or even use it for travelling. It has two buckle closures at the front which can be adjusted to get the right fit around your horse's shoulders, as well as cross surcingles underneath the belly, and a cord fillet string. More recently, the rug was given satin-shoulders to prevent rubbing, however, mine doesn't have this, and I actually prefer it that way - satin against a wet or warm chest and shoulders prevents the wicking effect in that area, and Louie never moves far when wearing it to cause the rubs. You could always have this unpicked and removed if you felt the rug is for you, but don't want the satin inside.

I've had this rug since around the end of 2008/start of 2009. Admittedly, I haven't used it very much during the last 3-4 years, but this rug is as good as new. I've never used it on a muddy/dirty horse, so I don't think I've EVER washed it. The fillet cord, surcingles and chest fastenings all look as good as new, and it still does its job perfectly.

I used this rug for the first time since last winter on Sunday, after bathing Louie for the dressage - that's the photo at the top of this post. I popped it once I'd finished bathing his body, while I finished off his socks and got him plaited. It was on probably 45 minutes before I changed it over to his travel rug, and he was completely dry underneath. The rug was mildly damp but where Louie had been able to maintain his body temperature and warmth the rug was able to dry as he did. I left it hanging on the rug rack until we got back home, before folding it and putting it back away in the storage bag for its next use. I really have fallen back in love with how good this rug is again!  🙌

You can buy the thermic quilt cooler rug directly from Weatherbeeta for £74.99 plus £4.99 delivery for a next day service (if ordered by 3pm), however, you can also pick it up from a number of stockists, some of which are a little cheaper (around £62-65) with varying delivery charges & services. 

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