View Full Version : Rugs that last well - info
16th Jul 2004, 08:29 PM
The place where I am learning to carriage drive, as well as being a pro driving yard also run a rug cleaning and repair business, they are the people who get the rugs once you have taken them into the tack shop to be sent away to be cleaned. They have rows of massive washing machines and get through washing over 70 rugs a day every day 7 days a week from everywhere from racing yards (they are in newmarket) to local tack shops.
I asked them today what sort of rugs that wear the best out of all the rugs that they clean. Their recommendation - Horsewear Ireland, their brands Rambo and Rhino especially. They said that they hardly ever have to repair stitching or buckles etc on them and unless they have been chewed or ripped on something, they wear exceptionally better than other makes and are made with better thread, cloth and filling than most others.
Just thought it might help someone.
16th Jul 2004, 08:44 PM
I'll second that, I just which they'd put leg straps on them, if the fillet strap goes at the back the wind here blows them clean off their backs.
16th Jul 2004, 09:20 PM
I agree with both of you JaniceH and Wally, Pol's Rambo rug is superb and I love it, the best he's had, but I wish it had leg straps. He's a big horse and likes to roll in the field and that strap at the back although lasting well doesn't fill me with much confidence! When it goes one gust of wind and the mares nextdoor will see his modesty. :rolleyes:
16th Jul 2004, 09:42 PM
Did they say anything about Fal? I have found their rugs are beautifully made, wear incredibly well and come up like new when cleaned.
I'll bare in mind about Horseware Ireland. My experience (limited admittedly) of Weatherbeeta = okay, but not great and Masta = awful, tore easily and look like a dish rag too quickly!
16th Jul 2004, 09:58 PM
angel's got the rambo sweet itch one - and leg straps would definitely be a great idea! and the fastening at the front left a lot to be desired as it couldnt be adjusted (i ended up sowing on a whole new fastening ...). other than that, a durable and nice rug though!
17th Jul 2004, 08:50 AM
I think if you can afford Rambo, buy Rambo!
They will cost you less in the long run, they dry quciker and last longer!
If you click on the link, and go to special offers, these are the cheapest Rambos I have found anywhere
17th Jul 2004, 08:58 AM
The comments on Rambo I wholeheartedly agree with. Rhino on the other hand - wonderful in bad weather and never leak, but they are the least hardwearing rugs I have ever bought. Benj has 2 - 1 of which has so many rips sewn up, fillet string is a piece of baling twine, and it's tied on with baling twine at the front. He isn't hard on his rugs and I wouldn't touch another one with a bargepole.
Reminds me though - must get rugs cleaned :rolleyes:
17th Jul 2004, 09:49 AM
All our school ponies have Rhinos and our own horses Rambos. Apart from minor running repairs we have only ever had one ripped beyond use and most are now over 6yo and the oldest 10yo....well worth the cost!
Most other rugs horses have come with have been shredded within a couple of seasons.
17th Jul 2004, 10:11 AM
that reminds me ... how often do you have to get rugs cleanes? angel's in a very light, thin affair. it was white for a day, now it's somewhat mudcoloured ...
17th Jul 2004, 11:01 AM
I think most people get winter rugs cleaned once a year after the weather gets warm enough so the horse doesnt need to use it anymore. It depends on how trashed they get. Summer rugs/fly rugs, it depends on if it fits in your own washing machine :rolleyes: and how much mud you can deal with looking at.
Mind you they did say that the local large 100+ horses racing yards get their sets of rugs washed every other year, turnout one year, the next year their pure wool stable rugs. They were doing those while I was there, and looked like they still had half a horse still in them!!!
Stella2, sorry they didnt mention Fal rugs.
17th Jul 2004, 12:46 PM
a agree aswell, i love the horsewear rugs. as an owner of a horse who's hobby seems to be destroying rugs, hes so far unsuccessful with his rhino wug! i used to have a weatherbeeta too, until he literally ripped it in half, but after 2 years, the rhino hasnt needed to be repaired at all.
tbh though, i dont really have a problem with the lack of back leg straps. the rugs fit pretty snugly round the bum, and montys doesnt slip at all, even in strong winds.
i always get my turnout rugs washed & reproofed every year at my local saddlers (who send them away to be cleaned) but things like summer sheets i do myself.
18th Jul 2004, 08:18 PM
I'm a bit of a Bucas fan, me ;)
18th Jul 2004, 08:33 PM
I really like Bucas too. I find them really well made out of the latest technical fabrics. I've always had a Thermatex as a cooler etc. None of my previous rugs go anywhere near Flora, so I'm having to sell them and get her a whole new wardrobe. I've gone for a Bucas cooler/multi purpose because it does everything the Thermatex does, but its also 'antibacterial'.
I've also just sent for (from Derby House) the Bucas Smartex as a medium weight turnout. Has anyone got any experience of this? And I'm hoping to go up to Fal factory tomorrow for the heavy turnout and stable.
19th Jul 2004, 10:59 AM
Yep - I've got a Smartex. fits Luca really well and I'm very happy with it.
19th Jul 2004, 11:38 AM
I am another Bucas fan too :D I have the Smartex rain for Jake and it is brilliant, can't fault it :) also have the Shamrock cooler/travel rug/stable rug which is fab too.
19th Jul 2004, 11:39 AM
The Horseware rugs are my favourites and they seem to be the best fit on my round cob.
The Rambo and Rhino rugs do seem very robust. I've had to have some repairs but only because my mare is a pain for rubbing her backside on things and wripping them around the bottom.
The only problem I've had is that on the lightweight rugs the velcro under the fasteners at the front doesn't hold and she ends up with the buckles digging into her front. A Bossy's Bib solves that problem but I'd rather it worked properly.
I've also had problems with keeping the Rhino lightweights waterproof. And the jury is out on how waterproof the lightweight Rambo is after two annual washes.
19th Jul 2004, 12:33 PM
I'm a FAL convert too, I had a Rhino which was OK but nothing special. I love the FAL ones tho and they're great that they're dual purpose too.
19th Jul 2004, 12:41 PM
thanks for this, what a timely topic. Bought a horse a week or so ago who came with no wardrobe, now looking around for rugs - got some places to look !!
19th Jul 2004, 12:45 PM
copper's masta lasted him 7 yearsand only needed reproofing this last winter. he did finally kill it by taking off one of the surcingles and half the backend with it, but it's done well. i've just bought him another one.
apparentyl masta have 2 factories - one produces utter rubbish and the other is briliant, hwich i tihnk it why some people swear by them and others have dreadful trouble - it depends where your tack shop gets them from.
19th Jul 2004, 12:57 PM
Horseware rugs are the best. All my two horses rugs are Rambos or Rhinos. The fit is excellent and they never rub. The heavyweight Rambo Wug Plus is really warm in the depth of winter - I have them both blanket clipped and they're never cold - surprizingly the rugs are also really light to handle which is an added bonus when you've got two to sort
19th Jul 2004, 01:05 PM
That still counts as a good reason not to buy Masta for me, even if it was going to come from the 'good' factory. After all the company should maintain better quaility control!
Just collected from the Fal Factory - Tasker 350g stable rug £55, Cavalier 350g snug neck turn out £90. Slight seconds, I've checked them over and literally all it is - a bit of dust on one corner of Tasker, a couple of tiny pimples in the outer of the Cavalier :)
What is is about new horse rugs that give such weird pleasure and produce totally silly thoughts like "she look great in that, the bell of the ball"?! I fear I have become a sad individual as I enjoy shopping for horse rugs more than for clothes for myself :o I could only admit this to other horse people!
19th Jul 2004, 01:19 PM
I'm really enjoying looking at all the rugs but am beginning to get a bit confused. (I'm an adult returner to riding, just bought 1st horse). When I used to help out at local stables jute rugs were the norm so things have moved on a bit since, what would you buy for a 15.2 conn/id 10 year old mare, stabled in winter with v limited turnout, out 24/7 currently, unrugged ?
19th Jul 2004, 01:43 PM
amandal - the weight of the rug will depend upon the climate you're in and whether your horse will be clipped. You'll need a good stable rug. Its worth baring in mind that Fal Turnouts are dual purpose (out and stable). If she will have "very little turnout", you may want to consider just getting one good dual purpose. If you feel you want a neck cover which gives extra warmth, I'd stongly suggest a detachable one. Although they tend to be more expensive, they are more versatile in the changing temperatures and some horses are suseptable to being rubbed by the neck covers. Fortunately, when I discovered that I had one that zipped off or it would have been an expensive discovery. It seems to be white hair in the mane that is vulnerable to falling out when rubbed.
19th Jul 2004, 01:46 PM
I personally think its the fit thats the most important. Having a Cob with a very thick neck and a pure TB they both have different rugs by different makers.
Our Masta Winter Rugs are very durable and a good fit for the cob, the TB is in a Rocky Mountian Combo for winter other than that they do not really wear rugs.
I would ideally like a rug tailored for the Cob as his dimensions are quite strange being short and stocky. I know FAL will do this but the costs are prohibitive with being quoted £400 for a winter turn out.
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