A Review by Jess Morton
As a Kiwi living in Italy, my quest for top-quality turnout rugs reminiscent of those from my equine companions back in New Zealand has been a long one. Fortunately, fate led me to AniMac through a routine Google search for New Zealand rugs. I've had the pleasure of using the Lightweight New Zealand Horse Rug by AniMac on my 16hh Criollo x TB for the past two winters, and the results have been nothing short of remarkable. Not only did this rug meet my expectations, but it also exceeded them, solidifying my anticipation for a third consecutive winter of comfort and protection.
Vivid Rug Color for Instant Identification
The standout feature of this rug, without a doubt, is its color. Amidst a herd of 20 in a vast pasture, the distinct hue of the rug allows me to spot my horse instantaneously. This convenience is a game-changer, adding an element of ease to our daily routine.
Durable 1200 Denier Ripstop Outer
The rug's 1200 denier ripstop outer fabric is a testament to its durability and resilience. Perfectly suited for a horse living within a herd environment, the fabric's robust nature ensures it can withstand the rigors of such a setting. Despite my horse's penchant for testing the limits of any rug he wears, the AniMac rug emerged unscathed after two years of use, maintaining its integrity and condition.
Optimal Ventilation with Airflow Lining
Living in a region experiencing increasingly milder winters due to climate change, I've grappled with the challenge of finding a rug that offers protection without causing overheating. The AniMac rug's innovative airflow lining has been a revelation. Designed to keep my horse cool, well-ventilated, and most importantly, comfortable, it adapts to the fluctuations in temperature throughout the day. Even after an afternoon ride, the rug's lightweight construction ensures that my horse remains sweat-free while being adequately shielded from unpredictable weather changes.
Satin Anti-Rub Neck-Liner: A Mane-Saver
A particularly cherished feature is the satin anti-rub neck-liner, designed to safeguard the integrity of my horse's mane. Mane loss has been a vexing issue for me in the past, making this addition especially appreciated. Given the distinctive appearance of my horse's breed with a lush mane, preserving its length and quality is of paramount importance.
Convenience and Versatility: Machine Washable
Discovering that the rug is machine washable has been a convenience beyond measure. As the winter draws to a close, the ease of washing it at home and storing it away for the following season in its accompanying storage bag has simplified my seasonal routine.
The Verdict: A Must-Have Addition
If you find yourself on the fence about investing in the Lightweight New Zealand Horse Rug, especially in regions with temperamental winters that don't reach extreme colds, let me assure you—it's a decision you won't regret. This rug seamlessly combines innovation, durability, and horse comfort, presenting an unparalleled solution for the modern equestrian. Having experienced the remarkable benefits firsthand, I eagerly await the opportunity to acquire another for my second horse this coming winter. My recommendation is simple: make the choice that brings comfort, style, and peace of mind to both you and your equine companion.
To explore the Lightweight New Zealand Horse Rug by AniMac and elevate your horse's comfort, browse our collection and make an informed decision for the upcoming winter season.