Heavyweight turnout rugs are an essential item in any clipped horse’s winter wardrobe. Heavyweights typically have 300g+ of insulation, so are not needed until the temperature really drops. Rugs with a waterproof outer that give the option to use different weight liners throughout the year have become much more popular as it allows you to be flexible in a cost-effective way, so some heavyweights are actually a combination of a lighter weight rug with rug liners to add the warmth.
The best heavyweight turnout rugs will not only keep your horse warm, but will protect him from the elements, whether it be heavy rain, wind or snow. Rugs that are both waterproof and breathable are what everyone is looking for, although different types of horses will suit particular cuts, designs and neck configurations. Many heavyweights come with fixed necks as it’s less likely you’ll opt for a detachable if the weather is really cold – but some do still offer this, and a few are available with a standard neck, too.
How to choose the best heavyweight turnout rug
- Weight – how much filling do you need?
- Outer shell – how tough does the rug need to be? If your horse is a known rug wrecker, or is turned out with one, look for a higher denier
- Cut – do you need a neck? Are you after a particular shape?
- Extra features – do you have a preferred type of fastening? Or would the rug benefit from reflective strips?
Manufacturers are constantly innovating and introducing new features to their turnout rugs, such as shaped padding to protect the withers and new designs of shoulder gusset to allow additional freedom of movement.
Choosing between neck styles – standard with no neck, detachable or integrated – is mostly down to what suits your horse best, but detachable is certainly the most versatile, allowing you to remove the neck when the weather’s a little warmer or if your horse is prone to rubbing. Many of the best turnout rugs, however, feature special anti-rub linings that should go some way to help prevent this.
Fastenings are important because there’s nothing more annoying that having to find a spare buckle or replace your leg straps. Good quality, easy to fasten and comfortable for your horse are what you’re looking for here. Some rugs will have elasticated and/or detachable leg straps, while others will have clips rather than buckles at the front – have a good think about what you prefer and what will work for your horse because you’ll be using them daily during the coldest periods.
Best heavyweight turnout rugs for every budget
WeatherBeeta Green-Tec 900D Detach-A-Neck Heavy
Fill: 360g | Style: Fixed neck | Outer: 900D | Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Black/green | RRP: £189.99 |
Created using recycled plastics for the waterproof, breathable outer and diamond weave lining, each of these Weatherbeeta rugs saves more than 340 plastic bottles from going into the ocean or landfill. It has a detachable neck for versatility and a traditional side gusset for natural movement. The quick-clip and buckle front closure offers maximum adjustability, with twin low cross surcingles, large tail flap for protection and removable, adjustable leg straps.
The lightweight version of this rug was awarded the “H&H Approved” seal of approval – read the full WeatherBeeta Green-Tec review.
Shires Tempest Original 300 Turnout
Fill: 300g | Style: Standard neck, combo or detachable | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 48–87in (4ft – 7ft3in) | Colours: Black | RRP: £77.99 (standard), £92.99 (combo), £103.99 (detachable) |
This Shires turnout features adjustable buckle chest straps, adjustable cross surcingles and fillet strap. It is fully lined with taped seams and is compatible with Shires WarmaRug liners. The rug is also PFC-free, which means the water-repellent finish outer offers sustainable protection without the use of environmentally harmful PFCs.
View the standard neck now at viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk, rideawaystore.com or ebay.co.uk
View the combo now at viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, naylors.com, gooutdoors.co.uk or ebay.co.uk
View the detachable neck now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk, rideawaystore.com or ebay.co.uk
Bucas Atlantic turnout
Fill: 400g | Style: Standard neck | Sizes: 5–7ft | Colours: Navy or green | RRP: £249 |
The Bucas Atlantic has a ballistic nylon outer and a new silky Dermo-care lining, which has wicking and Stay-dry properties that help to keep your horse dry and coat smooth. It has a Click’n Go front closure with magnetic snap-lock to help keep the rug securely fastened. It doesn’t have shoulder gussets, but the shoulder darts offer a good fit instead. Also available as a 50g lightweight or 200g medium weight.
Hy DefenceX System 300 Turnout
Fill: 300g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in | Colours: Grey/berry | RRP: £129.99 |
This durable, waterproof and breathable turnout features a detachable neck with touch-tape fastenings. It has adjustable clip chest straps, cross surcingles and leg straps, as well as a deep shoulder gusset that allows freedom of movement and a tail flap that provides extra protection against the elements. It also has reflective strips to increase visibility.
WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Plus Dynamic II Detach-A-Neck Heavy
Fill: 360g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Maroon | RRP: £159.99 |
This rug features a memory foam wither relief pad that contours to the horse’s shape and lifts the rug off the wither to reduce rubbing and provide added comfort, a quick clip front closure offering maximum adjustability and an extra-large tail flap for maximum protection. It’s compatible with the WeatherBeeta liners so you can increase the fill weight if you need to add extra warmth. It also has reflective strips to make your horse easier to spot in the dark, traditional side gussets for natural movement, low cross surcingles and elasticated, adjustable and removable leg straps for a secure and comfortable fit.
We tested the medium weight version of this rug and awarded it H&H Approved – read the full WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Plus Dynamic II review.
Masta Vento Heavyweight Combo
Fill: 300g | Style: Combo or detachable neck | Outer: 600D ripstop | Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft6in | Colours: Plum | RRP: £115 |
This rug has a lightweight, lofty fill that keeps your horse protected from the elements without over heating. It features a neck insert by the wither, which allows for freedom of movement while grazing, moving with the horse and helping relieve wither pressure. It also has an anti-rub polyester lining and shoulder gusset for freedom of movement. It is secured with T-bar fastenings at the chest, adjustable belly straps and a fillet string – it doesn’t come with leg straps but has D-rings to add some if required.
In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk
Derby House Pro PFC Free Combo
Fill: 350g | Style: Fixed neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 4ft3in – 7ft3in | Colours: Teal/orange | RRP: £64.99
This rug from Derby House has a ripstop outer and taped seams. The shaped neck fastens with double buckles and the storm flap offers extra protection. The double buckle and clip chest fastenings offer quick, easy and adjustable fittings, while the rug also features shoulder gussets and elasticated, adjustable leg straps.
In the UK? View now at rideawaystore.com
JHL Essential Combo Turnout
Fill: 300g | Style: Fixed neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Burgundy/navy | RRP: £129.99 |
This combo turnout from JHL has a ripstop outer and nylon lining. It also features adjustable cross surcingles, adjustable and removable leg straps, plus fleece wither and poll protection. Also available with 0g, 80g or 200g fill.
Mackey Lugnaquilla Plus
Fill: 360g | Style: Combo or high neck | Outer: 1680D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Black/gold | RRP: £169.95 |
With a strong ballistic outer and polyester anti-rub lining, this rug is described as waterproof and breathable. It features a double buckle and clip front fastening, shoulder gussets, detachable leg straps and reflective strips on the front, back and tail flap.
In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk
Mark Todd Combo Turnout
Fill: 350g | Style: Fixed neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Navy/jade/beige | RRP: £129.99 |
Made from a sturdy 1200D polyester ripstop outer, this Mark Todd rug has a 350g fill in the body and 250g in the neck. It has taped seams, nylon lining, adjustable double front buckles with quick release clips, cross surcingles and removable leg straps. The rug also features fleece wither and poll protection, reinforced nylon anti-rub shoulders and deep shoulder gussets ensure your horse has free movement, while the large tail flap also has a reflective strip. Also available in 0g or 250g fill.
Rhinegold Glacier Turnout
Fill: 320g | Style: Fixed neck | Outer: 1000D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Navy/red check | RRP: £88.90 |
This Rhinegold turnout has a ripstop, waterproof and breathable outer, with a breathable nylon lining. It is fastened with double chest straps and features front shoulder gusset, cross surcingles with strengthened guides, legstraps and tail guard. The fixed neck cover is fastened with twin easy “click-in” buckles.
Swish 450g Ultimate Heavyweight Turnout
Fill: 450g | Style: Combo or detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 4ft3in – 7ft6in | Colours: Navy or mulberry | RRP: £115.99 |
This Swish rug is designed to sit higher on the neck and shoulders to prevent it from slipping back and rubbing. With a new clip front fastening system, the rug has a ripstop outer and reflective strips on the front, rear and tail flap. It also features large shoulder gussets, cross surcingles, a tail flap and removable, elasticated leg straps.
In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk
Horseware Rambo Duo Force
Fill: 500g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1000D | Sizes: 5ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Navy/white | RRP: £479.95 |
This brand new turnout from Horseware offers a 500g fill with the help of two liners (100g + 300g) in addition to the 100g ripstop, ballistic nylon outer, making it a really versatile and strong option. The outer is also treated with Aquatrans technology, which guarantees waterproofing and breathability for a minimum of three years. The lining is antibacterial, antistatic and shine-enhancing with the smart addition of an embossed Horseware logo design. The rug fastens with a V-front closure, while the Surefit neck design eliminates pressure on the shoulder and the leg arches offer freedom of movement and maximum belly coverage. The three surcingle safety clip system can withstand 100kg of pressure and breaks in the event of an emergency giving extra protection for your horse. It also has a wipe-clean tail cord.
Ponyo Horsewear Detach-A-Neck Turnout
Fill: 400g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 3ft – 7ft3in | Colours: A range of fun patterns | RRP: From £99 |
These Ponyo rugs feature a generously shaped neck cover to protect your horse in the worst of weather conditions. They also have a high-cut neckline to avoid slipping and pulling on the shoulders and a Velcro chest flap that holds everything in place. Available in a great range of fun patterns and a wide range of sizes, they will brighten up any horse’s wardrobe. The rug also features a fleece wither relief pad and detachable leg straps.
The lightweight version of this Ponyo rug scored 8/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full Pony turnout review.
Premier Equine Buster 420g Classic Neck Turnout
Fill: 420g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 840D | Sizes: 5ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Black or navy | RRP: £190 |
With a robust and waterproof ballistic nylon outer, this Premier Equine rug has 420g fill and 200g in the neck, but it is compatible with Premier Equine rug liners if you need to add more. As part of the evolution of the ‘Buster’, an extra-high shoulder gusset has been added to allow for a greater range of movement in the field. It features a classic neck cover (without elastic), fleece-lined wither pad, quick-release chest clips, an antibacterial and anti-static lining, and PVC-coated tail strap.
Equine Products Arkle Turnout
Fill: 350g | Style: Standard or combo neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Navy/orange | RRP: From £60 |
This rug from Equine Products has a ripstop polyester outer, which is described as breathable and waterproof, and a nylon lining. The front is fastened with double buckles, while the neck has two Velcro tabs.
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