Heavy Horse Rugs - What Are They?

Heavy Horse Rugs - What Are They?

Quite simply heavy horse rugs are regular horse fly rugs but made for bigger horse breeds. These breeds are typically a draft horse, draught horse, Clydesdale, sometimes called work horses. Traditionally these horses were used for heavy work such as ploughing and other tasks that require a lot of power. Nowadays these horses are not used for such work but their needs are still the same and generally equipment made for smaller horses just wont do for them.

Our big horse rug is made specifically for these types of horses and less so for just horses with big shoulders that need to 'size up' in order to correct the right fit.

We have spoken a lot previously about why it is important to have a well fitting rug and how to measure for a horse rug to get the benefits from them and to ensure no discomfort to the horse. This is why it is important to get a fly rug that is designed for heavy horses so you can be sure that there will be no chaffing which would result in the horse most likely trying to get the rug off them which will in most cases damage the rug.  

Any horse that is in work needs to be groomed, this action depletes the natural oils in the hairs and coat and so rugs are often needed to help the horse regulate their temperature. Our rug uses a 50/50 cotton/poly blend which provides the perfect balance between strength and comfort. These rugs give a layer of protection in all seasons, protecting from the sun and insects in summer and helping repel the wind and rain in colder conditions keeping the horse warm.

If you are interested in learning more about the different types of horse rugs or want to see our rug size guide to help you get the right fit then we have articles on both of those topics.


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