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Lightweight turnout rugs are an essential item in any horse’s rug wardrobe. Lightweights typically have 50–150g of insulation, but you can also get no-fill (0g) rain sheets. While lightweights are a particularly great option in the milder spring and autumn months, layering rugs throughout the year has become much more popular as it allows you to be flexible in a cost-effective way. The best lightweight turnout rugs are designed to give your horse an extra layer to help protect him from the elements, while preventing him from overheating in warmer temperatures – they are great to have on hand when the seasons are changing.
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. It’s important that these rugs can withstand a heavy and prolonged rain shower, don’t slip or rub, and can survive the wear and tear that comes with turning your horse out. There’s a lot to consider when choosing a rug – jump to this section for more info on how to work out which rug is best for your horse.
We’ve rounded up a selection of the best lightweight turnout rugs for every budget, some of which have been reviewed by our independent testers.
Best lightweight turnout rugs (up to 150g)
WeatherBeeta Green-Tec 900D Lite Plus
Fill: 50g | Style: Standard, combo or detachable neck | Outer: 900D | Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | Current colours: Black/bottle green | RRP: From £97.99 | H&H review: 10/10, H&H Approved |
This WeatherBeeta rug has been created using recycled plastics for the outer and lining, meaning each rug saves over 340 plastic bottles from going into the ocean or landfill. The quick-clip front closure offers maximum adjustability and other features include twin low cross surcingles, a large, protective tail flap and removable, adjustable leg straps.
WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Plus Dynamic II Medium/Lite
Fill: 100g (compatible liners available) | Style: Standard, combo or detachable neck | Outer: 1200D triple weave | Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | Current colours: Maroon/grey/white or black/aqua | RRP: From £129.99 | H&H review: 10/10, H&H Approved |
This rug is packed with great features, including a super-strong, waterproof and breathable outer shell with a repellent coating. It has a memory foam wither relief pad that contours to your horse’s shape and lifts the rug off the wither to reduce rubbing and provide added comfort. The rug fastens with a quick-clip adjustable front closure and is compatible with the ComFiTec liner system. It has a new extra large tail flap for maximum protection, reflective strips on front each side and tail flap for extra visibility, traditional side gussets for natural movement, twin low cross surcingles and elasticated, adjustable and removable leg straps for a secure and comfortable fit.
We tested the 200g version of this rug, but apart from the fill weight all other features are the same. Read H&H’s independent ComFiTec Plus Dynamic II review.
View the standard neck version at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, equus.co.uk, sportsdirect.com or ebay.co.uk
View the combo neck version at viovet.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, equus.co.uk, sportsdirect.com or ebay.co.uk
View the detachable neck version at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, equus.co.uk or ebay.co.uk
Bucas Freedom Lightweight Turnout
Fill: 150g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 3ft6in – 7ft | Current colours: Navy or other seasonal colours | RRP: £73 | H&H review: 9/10 |
This Bucas turnout has a 600D rip-stop outer and is available in a standard, high and a full neck. This particular rug is the only one in the Bucas range that doesn’t have shoulder darts, making it a ‘slim fit’ and more suited to narrower, thoroughbred-type horses. It is also available with a full neck.
Read H&H’s independent Bucas Freedom lightweight turnout review.
Hy DefenceX System 50 Turnout Rug
Fill: 50g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in | Current colours: Grey/teal | RRP: £89.99 |
This rug features adjustable cross surcingles, twin clip chest fastenings and leg straps to keep this rug securely in place. It has reflective detailing to aid with visibility in poorer light levels, as well as deep shoulder gussets to allow for a good range of movement and a specially shaped tail flap for optimum coverage.
Horseware Rambo Autumn Series
Fill: 100g (compatible liners available) | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 900D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in | Current colours: Navy/silver | RRP: £203.95 |
This rug is described as ideal for horses that are prone to overheating. It comes with a detachable contour cut 100g liner in addition to the detachable hood. The hybrid design combines softshell and 900D polyester with mesh panels across the chest and shoulder area to promote air circulation. It also features leg arches for freedom of movement, a lining at the shoulder, mane, and tail areas to prevent rubbing, liner loops, a disc front closure to prevent rubbing and a wipe-clean tail cord.
View now at ebay.co.uk
Swish 50g Detachable Neck Turnout
Fill: 50g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 4ft3in – 7ft6in | Current colours: Purple, green, orange, mulberry, turquoise, mint or sky blue | RRP: £88.99 | H&H review: 8/10 |
This rug gives you the flexibility of a neck cover that attaches with two double-locking Velcro pieces. It is designed to sit higher on the neck and shoulder to prevent it slipping back and rubbing. It has a 1200D ripstop outer with 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. Also available with a 100g fill.
Read H&H’s independent Swish Equestrian 50g turnout review.
View now at amazon.co.uk
StormX Original 50 Combi Turnout
Fill: 50g | Style: Fixed neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft | Current colours: Purple | RRP: £64.99 | H&H review: 8/10 |
With a 600D waterproof rip-stop outer, this Hy turnout rug features an integrated contour neck cover with double touch-tape fastenings, twin adjustable buckle chest fastenings, adjustable cross surcingles, adjustable leg straps and a generous tail flap.
Read H&H’s independent StormX Original 50 Turnout review.
JHL Essential Lightweight Plus Turnout Rug
Fill: 80g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Current colours: Burgundy/navy | RRP: £59.99 | H&H review: 8/10 |
This JHL rug has a nylon lining, with reinforced anti-rub shoulders and fully taped seams. It features adjustable and removable legs straps, gusseted tail flap, adjustable double front buckles and cross adjustable surcingles.
Read H&H’s independent JHL Essential Lightweight Plus review.
View now at viovet.co.uk
Derby House Pro Medium/Lite Standard Turnout
Fill: 100g | Style: Standard or combo neck | Outer: 1200D diamond weave | Sizes: 4ft3in – 7ft3in | Current colours: Argean blue/beet red | RRP: From £54.99 | H&H review: 8/10 |
Constructed from a durable 1200D diamond weave outer with a PFC-free waterproof coating, this Derby House rug features double buckle and clip chest fastenings for easy adjustment and fit. It also has shoulder gussets for freedom of movement, adjustable cross surcingles, elasticated leg straps and a large tail flap.
Read H&H’s independent Derby House Pro Medium/Lite review.
Shires Tempest Original 100 Turnout
Fill: 100g (compatible liners available) | Style: Standard, combo or detachable neck | Outer: 600D ripstop | Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | Current colours: Navy or amethyst | RRP: From £66.99 |
This fully lined Shires rug features adjustable buckle chest straps, adjustable cross surcingles and a fillet strap. It has taped seams and the PFC-free durable water-repellent finish outer offers sustainable weather protection. It is compatible with Shires WarmaRug liners.
View the standard neck version now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, gooutdoors.co.uk, sportsdirect.com or ebay.co.uk
View the combo neck version now at viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk, sportsdirect.com
View the detachable neck version now at viovet.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, equus.co.uk or ebay.co.uk
Mark Todd Autumner
Fill: 150g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Current colours: Ink/grey | RRP: £100 | H&H review: 7/10 |
This rug is one of the warmer lightweights in this guide at 150g polyfill. Its features include reinforced nylon anti-rub shoulders, adjustable double front buckles with quick-release clips, reflective strips and adjustable and removable leg straps. A compatible neck cover is available to purchase separately.
Read H&H’s independent Mark Todd Autumner review.
LeMieux Arika Storm-Tek Rug
Fill: 100g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Current colours: Navy | RRP: £149.95 |
This lightweight from LeMieux has been developed using a two-part patented system – the independent lower skirt delivers a break in the hemline relieving tension and allowing for a greater range of movement, while the central panel helps to self-right the rug and provides added protection. The angled front closure system evenly balances and distributes pressure, helping to prevent rubbing on the point of shoulder and across the chest. It is compatible with LeMieux Arika liners.
Mackey Keadeen Lightweight Turnout
Fill: 100g | Style: Standard or combo neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Current colours: Navy/grey/green | RRP: From £84.95 |
This rug has an anti-rub 210D polyester lining, fleece wither protection and twin strap breast buckles, as well as a tail flap, detachable leg straps and cross surcingles. It also features reflective strips on the front, back and tail flap.
Rhinegold Phoenix Outdoor Rug
Fill: 50g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D ripstop | Sizes: 5ft3in – 7ft3in | Current colours: Royal blue | RRP: £65.50 |
This rug has an adjustable neckline that allow you to cater for slighter and wider shaped horses. It also has a breathable lining and features multi-adjustable chest straps, cross over surcingles and leg straps.
View now at ebay.co.uk
Ruggles V2 Turnout Rug
Fill: 100g (also 50g and 70g) | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 2ft9in – 7ft6in | Current colours: Mahogany or red/sheep | RRP: From £55 |
This turnout has a Teflon coating for extra protection and more resistance to moisture and staining. It is available in three lightweight fill options and in a really wide range of sizes. It has a soft lining to prevent rubbing and keep the coat smooth, while the shoulder gussets allow easier movement. The rug is fastened with double adjustable chest straps and trigger clips, and has detachable leg straps. It features reflective strips, wither protection and taped seams. An attachable neck is available separately and fastens to the rug with Velcro.
Masta Fieldmasta Lightweight Combo Turnout Rug
Fill: 100g | Style: Combo neck | Outer: 600D with 1200D ripstop sections | Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft6in | Current colours: Navy or burgundy | RRP: £159 |
This rug has reinforced 1200D sections where you need it, rather than being one denier throughout the shell. Fully waterproof and breathable. It is fully adjustable at the chest with quick clip and buckle fastenings. The large tri-vent shoulder gusset offers freedom of movement and prevents rubbing along with the anti-rub lining and memory foam sections at the wither. The pass-through surcingles help to prevent the rug from slipping and being pulled tight behind the elbow.
View now at amazon.co.uk
Eskadron Alpha Turnout
Fill: 50g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 1680D | Sizes: 5ft9in – 7ft | Current colours: Navy | RRP: £118.95
This durable, breathable, dirt-repelling rug features elastic neoprene in the front leg area for comfort, fit and ease of movement. It also has a reflective tail flap, adjustable front closures with extension, and cross surcingles with belly flap.
Premier Equine Titan Turnout Rug
Fill: 100g (compatible liners available) | Style: Standard or detachable neck | Outer: 1680D ballistic nylon | Sizes: 5ft – 7ft3in | Current colours: Navy, red or black | RRP: From £162 |
This deep-cut, self-righting turnout benefits from an antibacterial and anti-static lining. It also features an elasticated shoulder gusset, fleece-lined wither pad and reflective elements. It fastens with quick-release chest clips, cross surcingles and has detachable leg straps in addition to a PVC-coated tail strap.
GS Equestrian Waterproof Turnout
Fill: 100g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Current colours: Black/red, navy/orange, navy/grey or black/purple | RRP: £32.95 |
Strong and breathable, this GS Equestrian rug is cut in a classic style with a standard neck. It has a double front T-bar chest closure, adjustable cross surcingles and tail flap.
View now at amazon.co.uk
Ponyo Horsewear 50g Turnout
Fill: 50g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 3ft – 7ft3in | Current colours: Wide range of patterns to choose from | RRP: From £73 | H&H review: 8/10 |
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.
Read H&H’s independent Ponyo Turnout Rug review.
AniMac Airflow Between Combo
Style: Combo neck | Outer: 1200D ripstop | Sizes: 6ft – 6ft9in | Current colours: Red | RRP: £78 |
Unlike the other rugs in this guide, it doesn’t have a polyfill weighting as such, but would be most comparable to 50g. It has an airflow lining that allows air to move between the rug and your horse’s back and is designed for optimal breathability.
Felix Bühler High Neck Turnout Rug Side Closure
Fill: 50g | Style: High neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Current colours: Black | RRP: £134 |
This rug has an elaborate triple T-bar and Velcro fastening at the side of the chest, along with stretch inserts made of an elastic and water-repellent softshell material. It also has a padded high neck and double shoulder gusset to allow a greater freedom of movement, as well as padded shoulder pads to prevent rubbing and improve pressure distribution. The rug also features reflective piping and strips, a smooth lining, cross surcingles and an adjustable tail strap.
How to choose the best lightweight turnout rug
There are a few things to consider when buying a new turnout rug, including…
- Weight – how much filling do you need? Do you need any at all?
- Outer shell – how tough does the rug need to be? Is your horse a known rug wrecker?
- Cut – do you need a neck? Are you after a particular shape?
- Extras – do you have a preferred type of fastening? Or would you benefit from reflective strips?
Manufacturers are constantly innovating and introducing new features to their lightweight 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 lightweight 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 with a fillet string made of baler twine. Good quality, easy to fasten and comfortable for your horse are what you’re looking for here. Some rugs will have elasticated 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 every day.
For an in-depth guide to choosing the best lightweight option for your horse, check out our expert guide to buying a new turnout rug.
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