Make sure your horse remains warm during the coldest months of the year with our selection of stable rugs
Medium weight turnout rugs are an essential item in any clipped horse’s rug wardrobe. The best medium weight turnouts typically have around 200–250g insulation and will provide a clipped horse with some warmth and protection from the elements.
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.
Best medium weight turnout rugs
Derby House Evolution Recycled Medium Detach-A-Neck Turnout
Fill: 200g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5–7ft | Colours: Tide blue | RRP: £69.99 | H&H review: 10/10, H&H Approved |
As well as being PFC free, the Evolution is also made from recycled fabric, with more than 110 plastic bottles in each rug. It features double touch-tape fastenings on the neck, and has double buckle and clip chest fastenings, low, adjustable cross surcingles and elasticated, adjustable leg straps.
Read H&H’s independent Derby House Evolution turnout rug review.
WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Plus Dynamic II Medium
Fill: 220g | Style: Standard, high, combo or detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Maroon/grey/white or black/aqua | RRP: From £94.99 (standard neck) – £149.99 (detachable neck) | H&H review: 9/10, H&H Approved |
This versatile rug from Weatherbeeta has a strong and durable triple-weave outer shell with repel shell coating. It has a memory foam wither relief pad that lifts the rug off the wither to reduce rubbing and provide added comfort. The quick-clip front closure offers maximum adjustability and an extra-large tail flap for maximum protection, and reflective strips on each side. It is compatible with the WeatherBeeta liner system and also available in standard neck or combo neck.
Read H&H’s independent WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Plus Dynamic II turnout review.
View the standard neck now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, equus.co.uk, naylors.com, sportsdirect.com or ebay.co.uk
View the high neck version now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk or ebay.co.uk
View the combo version now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, equus.co.uk, naylors.com, sportsdirect.com or ebay.co.uk
View the detachable neck version now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, equus.co.uk, sportsdirect.com or ebay.co.uk
JHL Essential Medium Turnout
Fill: 200g | Style: Standard or combo | Outer: 600D ripstop | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | RRP: From £76.99 | H&H review: 9/10, H&H Approved |
This rug has a 600D ripstop outer, nylon lining and fully taped seams. It benefits from anti-rub shoulder linings, shoulder gussets and a gusseted tail flap. The JHL Essential fastens with adjustable buckle and clips at the chest, adjustable cross surcingles and adjustable, removable leg straps. It also has fleece protection at the wither, and the standard neck has three D rings to attach a neck cover that can be purchased separately.
Read H&H’s independent JHL Essential medium weight turnout review.
Hy StormX Original 200 Turnout
Fill: 200g | Style: Standard, combo or detachable neck | Outer: 600D ripstop | Sizes: 3ft6in – 7ft | Current colours: Selection of colours and prints | RRP: £88.99 |
This versatile medium weight turnout rug comes with a detachable neck cover so it can be tailored to the weather. Made from 600 denier with a ripstop and waterproof weave, this fabric is perfect for hard wear in the field. The 200g fill will keep your horse nice and warm in the changeable weather and the deep shoulder gussets allow for freedom of movement and comfort.
We tested the 50g version of this StormX rug – read H&H’s full StormX Original turnout review.
View the standard neck now at viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk or ebay.co.uk
View the combo version now at amazon.co.uk, equus.co.uk or ebay.co.uk
View the detachable neck version now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or ebay.co.uk
Shires Highlander Original 200 Turnout Rug
Fill: 200g | Style: Combo | Outer: 600D ripstop | Sizes: 5ft – 7ft3in | Current colours: Black | RRP: £93.99 |
This rug has a contour neck cover with double-sided touch-close straps. It also benefits from deep shoulder gussets, a full lining, taped seams and a durable, water-repellent finish. It fastens with twin buckle chest fastenings, adjustable cross surcingles, adjustable fillet strap, and integrated leg strap loops. It is compatible with Shires WarmaRug liners.
WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Ultra Cozi II Medium
Fill: 220g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1680D ballistic nylon | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in | Current colours: Charcoal/blue/white | RRP: £284.99 |
This is a top-of-the-range WeatherBeeta rug so it’s packed with extra features. It uses the new WeatherBeeta liner system and features the Cozi chest guard and memory foam wither relief pad that lifts the rug off the wither to reduce rubbing. The ballistic nylon outer shell has a waterproof and breathable coating, while the adjustable belly wrap offers extra comfort and warmth. It fastens with a double adjustable quick-clip front closure and has a reflective gusset and insert on tail wrap for extra visibility.
Mark Todd Mediumweight Turnout Rug
Fill: 250g | Style: Combo or detachable neck | Outer: 600D ripstop | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Current colours: Navy/orange plaid | RRP: From £115 |
This breathable rug has a nylon lining and fully taped seams. Other features include reinforced anti-rub shoulders with shoulder gussets for comfort and gussetted tail flap for maximum protection. It fastens with double front buckles with quick-release clips, adjustable low cross surcingles, adjustable and removable leg straps, plus fleece poll protection on neck cover.
Derby House Elite Medium Combo Belly Wrap Turnout Rug
Fill: 200g | Style: Combo | Outer: 1680D | Sizes: 5ft – 7ft | Current colours: Purple | RRP: £89.99 |
This rug is part of Derby House’s premium range and is made with a host of technical features. It is mud-resistant, Derby House liner compatible and features a fully belly wrap for extra warm and protection. The shaped neck has a fleece poll and storm flap, and is secured with double touch-tape fastenings. The chest fastens with double buckle and clips for good adjustability and quick, easy use. The leg straps are elasticated, while there is also reflective detail on the chest, rear and tail. The outer is resistant to washing, so reproofing isn’t necessary.
Rhinegold Konig Turnout
Fill: 200g | Style: Standard or combo | Outer: 600D ripstop | Sizes: 3ft6in – 7ft3in | Current colours: Black or red | RRP: From £44.90 | H&H review: 8/10 |
The Konig has a 600D ripstop outer with a breathable nylon lining. It features multi-adjustable chest fastenings with twin buckles and trigger clips for ease. It also has a front shoulder gusset, cross surcingles, leg straps, no back seam, a tail flap and strengthened surcingle guides. A compatible neck cover is available separately for the standard neck.
Read H&H’s independent Rhinegold Konig turnout review.
Hy DefenceX System 200 Turnout
Fill: 200g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in | Colours: Red/navy | RRP: £104.99 | H&H review: 8/10 |
This turnout is made from a durable and waterproof 1200D material, with a 200g fill. It has a detachable neck, adjustable cross surcingles, twin clip chest fastenings and leg straps to keep this rug securely in place, as well as reflective detailing. The deep shoulder gusset allows for a range of movement and specially shaped tail flap provides good coverage.
Read H&H’s independent DefenceX System 200 turnout review.
Swish 200g Turnout
Fill: 200g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 4ft3in – 7ft6in | Colours: Navy, mint, green, orange or pink | RRP: £95 | H&H review: 8/10 |
This 1200D turnout from Swish is compatible with Swish rug liners and comes with a detachable neck cover that fastens with two double-locking Velcro straps. It is designed to sit higher on the neck and shoulders to prevent the rug from slipping back and rubbing. It has reflective strips on the front, rear and tail flap, as well as large shoulder gussets, cross surcingles, a tail flap and removable, elasticated leg straps.
We tested the lightweight version of this turnout – read the full Swish turnout rug review.
View now at amazon.co.uk
Bucas Power turnout
Fill: 200g | Style: Standard, high or big neck | Sizes: 5ft – 7ft2in | Colours: Silver | RRP: From £252 |
This Bucas turnout is described as great for horses that tend to be wider at the shoulder. It has a ballistic nylon outer, and is breathable with a heat-reflective inner aluminium coating. The shoulder darts and snap-lock front fastening system combine to offer a good fit, and the rug has a Stay-dry antibacterial lining, meaning it can be put and left on a wet horse to avoid extra rug changes. It is also available in a high neck style, big neck style or a compatible neck can be purchased separately.
View now at viovet.co.uk
Horseware Rhino Reflectech Plus With Vari-Layer
Fill: 250g | Style: Detachable neck | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in (also pony shape 3ft9in – 5ft9in) | Colours: Navy/reflective/indigo | RRP: £253.95 |
This rug has interwoven reflective yarn that illuminates in low lighting conditions. The Vari-Layer technology means that with 250g fill across your horse’s back and 100g on the sides, the rug is warmer without the extra weight. It also has an additional waterproof inner layer, which is a handy extra barrier if the outer becomes damaged. It fastens with a V-front closure that reduces pressure on the shoulder and can be used on a variety of shapes but is ideal for broader horses. It also has three cross surcingles, leg straps and a tail-holding strap.
Premier Equine Buster 200g Turnout
Fill: 200g | Style: Half neck, combo or detachable neck | Outer: 840D | Sizes: 5ft – 7ft3in | Current colours: Purple or green | RRP: From £147 |
As part of the evolution of the Buster, the self-righting design now has an extra-high elasticated shoulder gusset for a greater range of movement. It is Premier Equine liner compatible and features a snug-fit elasticated neck cover, fleece-lined wither pad, an antibacterial, anti-static lining and reflective elements. It fastens with quick-release clips at the chest, cross surcingles and detachable leg straps, and has a PVC-coated tail strap.
Mackey Wicklow Turnout
Fill: 200g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1680D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Navy/gold | RRP: £139.95 |
The detachable neck on this rug has a rouched hood for a good fit around the head. It features adjustable double clip chest closures, generous shoulder gussets, cross surgingles, detachable leg straps and reflective strips front, back and tail flap.
Eskadron Omega Turnout
Fill: 250g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1680D | Sizes: 5ft9in – 7ft | Current colours: Navy | RRP: £159.95 |
This rug has a dirt-repelling outer, moisture-wicking lining, neoprene mane padding and reflective tail flap. It features adjustable front closures, an additional front extension and an elasticated neoprene section at the front leg. It also has cross surcingles and fixings for leg straps.
Ponyo Horsewear Detach-A-Neck turnout
Fill: 250g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 3ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Wide range of fun patterns | RRP: From £82 | H&H review: 8/10 |
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.
Read H&H’s independent Ponyo turnout rug review.
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How to choose the best turnout rug
There are a few things to consider when buying a new turnout rug, including…
- Weight – how much filling do you need?
- 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 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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