Spring has almost sprung and, if the weather assists, your horse will soon be spending more time in the pasture. It’s time to shelve those heavy rugs and get ready for the new season. Here’s the kit that the Derby House staff really can’t do without.
Lightweight rugs and neck covers
Essential to cope with the vagaries of the spring weather, a good lightweight rug will keep your horse nice and dry.
This brilliant rug’s robust 1200-denier outer shell is completely waterproof and breathable, and features taped seams and ripstop to keep tears in check. The 210-denier polyester lining helps maintain your horse’s coat clean and shiny while the tail flap gives extra protection.
This v’s twin chests straps and web leg straps are both fully adjustable. £52.99 through Derby House.
Waterproof and breathable, the Derby House Elite lightweight turnout horse rug has no fill, so it’s perfect for spring’s warmer days. It has a 600-denier, diamond-weave outer for strength and durability and a 210-denier nylon lining to keep your horse’s coat shiny. The shoulder gusset allows your horse to move freely and the double buckle and clip chest fastening and low, adjustable cross surcingles ensure good, easy fitting. A fleece wither pad protects against rubbing and the large tail flap keeps wind and rain at bay. The rug has a reflective detail stripe to make your horse easier to spot. A detachable neck collar is available separately. £49.99 through Derby House.
This lightweight neck cover, with its 600-denier, diamond-weave outer and 201-denier lining, is durable, waterproof and breathable.
Double-touch and close-loop neck fastening ensure a quick and easy fit and the large touch tape fastenings with secure tab make it a cinch to attach the neck cover to the Derby House Elite lightweight turnout horse rug. £14.99 through Derby House
Like the Weatherbeeta Genero 1200D standard-neck lite turnout model, this rug has a 1200-denier, waterproof, breathable outer with ripstop and taped seams, a 210-denier lining, zero fill and adjustable chest and leg straps, but this one comes in a convenient combo format that also covers the neck. £64.99 through Derby House.
Good boots are a must-have to help shelter your horse’s lower limbs from blows, scrapes and anything sharp.
Made of neoprene, these boots are soft on your horse but strong and durable. They have a wrap-around fit that covers the fetlock for greater protection and an easy-to-use hook and loop fastening.
Best of all, they are machine washable (with the hook and loop closed). £30 through Derby House.
As the name implies, overreach boots are key to prevent your horse overreaching with their hind legs and hurt his front limbs and heels, or kick off a shoe.
Protect your horse’s pastern and heels with these practical rubber boots, which come in five colours, including pretty pink and funky purple. £7.50 through Derby House.
Nothing beats electric fencing when it comes to dividing up a field: it’s versatile, affordable and reasonably easy to install.
From batteries to a micro energiser, from an earth stake to gate handles and insulators and even a warning sign, this handy kit contains everything you need to set up an electric fence of up to 200 metres. £197 through Derby House.
Don’t miss out! Take advantage of Derby House‘s special Spring Essentials promotion: get 10% off with code Spring10 at checkout.