Horse owners have different opinions when it comes to rugging your horse correctly for temperature, rain, humidity, sun and protection from insects. Horses actually handle the cold better than heat, and a common misconception amongst horse owners is that horses needs to be rugged at night as soon as it is getting a bit cooler at nights.
Areas to consider before rugging your horse:
- Horses naturally move around in the wild and will get colder if stabled
- The horse's natural insulation is removed if clipped, and will therefore require heavier rugging
- Some breeds to better in the cold/warm weather than others
- A horse that has got enough weight on them will handle the cold better than a skinny horse
- It is important to remove heavy rugs during the day if the sun is out, as a rug disrupts a horse natural heat regulation.
- Rainy weather can be very humid, and it is sometimes better to leave a horse unrugged in the rain rather than keeping it sweaty in a humid rainy storm.
Rugging Temperatures (Celsius)
As a general rule, if your horse is not clipped and in healthy shape, the following temperatures may require rugging if your horse is stabled:
- Negative 10 to 0 degrees
1200Denier with 300gram polyfill rug with a quaity cotton or fleece rug underneath is recommended. Make sure you use a combo rug.
- 0 to 5 degrees
200gram polyfill, medium weight rug.
- 5 to 10 degrees
LightWeight rug, 150gram polyfill. (No fill during the day if Sunny).
- 10 to 15 degrees
Light cotton rug, nothing or zero fill.
- 15 degrees and up
No rug required, mesh rug can be used for protection of sun or insects.