A horse cooler rug is the name used in New Zealand and Australia for what is called a Fly Rug in the Northern Hemisphere. Horses in NZ and Aus are kept outside 24/7 meaning the rug needs to be durable to last a lot of wear.
DOES MY HORSE NEED A RUG?
Horse rugs are great for light coloured horses that are more sensitive to the sun and can be prime to sunburn. For darker horses a fly rug stops their coat from fading, our rugs include a neck cover to keep their coat an even colouring.
DO FLY RUGS KEEP HORSES COOL?
Yes, the material of the fly rug reflects the sun rays to keep the horse cool.
CAN HORSES WEAR FLY RUGS IN THE RAIN?
Yes the rugs are very lightweight and highly breathable meaning they dry very quickly after getting wet.
WHAT IS BETTER FOR A HORSE RUG, NATURAL OR SYNTHETIC FABRIC?
Both materials have advantages and disadvantages and we have found that a blend of both gives the best of both worlds. We have a full article on horse rug fabrics.
DOES THE COLOUR OF MY HORSE RUG MATTER?
The short answer is the darker the rug, the hotter the animal so summer rugs should be a light colour to regulate your horse's temperature. To learn more about this see our full article on horse rug colours.