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Does my Icelandic Horse need a Rain Rug?

Many Icelandics react sensitively to rain, the cold or weather changes. Rain or sweat soaked fur is the main cause of tension or coughing. Our highly water repellant, high-neck rain rug made from elastic softshell withstands intense rain. The fabric has a hydrostatic head rating of 10,000, is lightweight and breathable. This makes the blanket usable in summer or winter. It fits securely, doesn't slip and looks good. The rain blanket fits every Icelandic and comparable pony and corresponds to a 125. What size is my Icelandic horse?

When is it worth covering a healthy horse?

It is wet and sweaty: You have already put a Cooler Rug sweat rug on it and the undercoat is still not dry? This can often be due to high humidity, which makes it difficult for the sweat to evaporate. Of course, sometimes you simply don't have enough time to let the horse sweat off for more than 15 minutes after riding the horse.

In this case, the sweaty horse must wear a paddock blanket to finish sweating. Otherwise it can cool out cool down due to draughts, cold or rain and catch a cold or become tense. Make sure that your paddock blanket is really suitable for sweating off.

- Large shearing: Does it have a clipping for particularly heavy sweating horsesthat also affects the belly or even a full shearing? Then it must be covered in the cold or wet.

- During the coat change/thin coat due to continuous rain: Is your horse's coat very thin and does it tend to freeze? Then use a blanket as a precaution here too.

- In training: Whether a horse freezes in heavy rain is something else again than when it has to give full performance in training after a cold rainy night. Many horses are more tense than usual afterwards. We are simply not fans of riding horses with cold backs. Then you spend the riding session loosening the horse up until it runs like it does on a normal day.

Please only put a saddle pad on the cold back that does not get clammy when wet. The best is a Saddle Pad made of wool, which dries the back while riding. On such days, almost every horse is more tense than usual and has less pleasure in being ridden. Then it's better to do ground work or put a blanket the horse as a precaution. You don't have to ride every day by hook or crook.

Our waterproof softshell rain rug

Yes, this blanket is completly waterproof - no matter how hard it rains, the horse stays dry. It has a Water column of 10000mm/H2OLightweight, three-layer softshell with membrane and fleece inside and a sophisticated cut make the blanket a comfortable companion for your horse, no matter if summer or winter. It keeps old and shorn horses warm even in cold temperatures, as it does not allow moisture and wind to pass through.

It has a good fit, that allows a secure fit without slipping, but still gives the horse enough freedom of movement.

Is our paddock blanket made of softshell enough to keep warm or how many grams of filling does a blanket need?

Yes. an Icelandic horse with a winter coat does not need an additional lined rug. Freezing is caused by wetness and draught, not by the temperature itself. Our blanket reliably keeps this out. Incorrectly chosen blankets that are too thick can cause a temperature that is far above the horse's comfort zone.

Only horses with full shearing or very thin sick horses, could benefit from extra filling. A fun fact about this: The first prototypes of our softshell blanket were sewn for two 30+ year old mares to give them protection and warmth in winter. This means that they are definitely also suitable for old horses.

Does my horse need a rain rug with a neck piece?

It depends on the mane. If your horse has a very short mane and is also shorn at the neck, it really has little rain protection there. Otherwise, a high rain rug is sufficient, as the mane offers enough rain protection that the horse does not soak through it.

Why we love the belly guard on our softshell rain rug:

- It is quick to put on and take off
Flexible to fit many horse bellies due to its velcro fastenings on elastic rubber band
Protects the horse when lyingon wet surfaces
Reliably prevents the blanket from slipping out of place
Fits close to the body and therefore does not pose a risk of injury! Similar to a saddle girth, the belly flap should always be "tightly" fastened - this gives it the best stability.
Due to the stable belly guard our blanket does not need any additional leg fastenings in which the horse could also get caught again or where there is a risk of injury at the metal buckles.

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