Buster 200g Turnout Rug with Neck Cover Review with Katja & Amy @zauberponyamy
The summer is finally over and the temperatures are continuously
below 10 degrees. The weather report has already shown that there will be
the first frosty nights in the next few days. As Amy's back is very tense,
especially in the rain, Amy wears a Turnout Rug again.
After the weather has become more and more extreme in recent
years and even the summer was unbearably hot, I fear something similar for the
winter. As it rains more and more often and the temperatures are so cold,
I went in search of a new, padded winter blanket for the Pony. Our horses get turned out all year round so I wanted a good protective blanket.
Our stable is located on top of a mountain, where it is always
very windy. The horses need to be protected from all weather conditions so we needed good quality rugs to keep her warm and dry. In addition, Amy
has a paddock box and can stand outside at night, which she enjoys. With the Buster 200, she can stay warmer while she is out
Since we have already had good experiences with many other
products from Premier Equine, the choice for the new winter blanket came from
the Premier Equine website. The English sizes are a bit different than German
equestrian shops. At first, I was a bit confused about what size we had to
choose. Luckily there is a great guide and size chart on the homepage. You
have to measure the horse in two steps:
Step 1: Determine the size of the horse
For this one measure the height of the withers from the highest
point, to the ground. Amy is 1.50 meters tall.
Step 2: Determine the length of the horse
To do this, measure the length of the horse from the middle of
the chest to the end of the hind leg.
A look at the table then showed that we need the blanket in size
"5.9". After ordering I was a little scared that I could have
measured Amy wrong and she would either have to wear a rug that was big, or a
rug that would not close! The concern was completely unfounded, because when I
put the blanket on the horse for the first time, I saw how great the rug fit
The fit of the blanket is great! It fits like a
glove. The beauty is that there are not only the German standard sizes,
but also many intermediate sizes, so you can find the perfect blanket for
almost every horse.
The blanket has a Velcro fastener on the chest, over which 2 clips
are attached. Under the belly, the blanket is closed as usual with two
abdominal straps. In addition, it also has leg loops, which are
particularly useful for horses that like to roll, because the blanket does not
slip or move around on the horse.
The tail strap is covered with a rubber cover. It's the
first blanket where I've seen this and I think the idea is really good. As
a rule, there are always residues of horse droppings on the belt, which is not
so nice when touching that part of the rug. With this blanket, the strap
can be easily wiped off with a cloth when needed.
All straps can be easily adapted to the individual size of the
horse. So if Amy gets another large belly we can just adjust the cross
straps to make them a bit longer.
Visually, the blanket is an absolute eye-catcher. Purple is
my favourite colour and I am very happy that Amy now has a purple
blanket. Due to the contrasting seams, the blanket looks very noble. I
especially like the reflective strips, as the horse is so visible even in the
dark. This rug is also available in green.
The blanket is very high quality and well made, it is waterproof
and protects the horse from the cold wind.
The neck cover is detachable, so you can add or remove this as
the weather changes. This is fitted on both sides with double Velcro tape on
the rug. The fact that the Velcro is double locking means that the neck cover
holds when the horse moves more, running or sometimes rolling. To keep the
horse's neck warm, close the neckline at the front with the double locking Velcro straps.
I think every rider knows the fear that horses could
freeze. Even though I think that nature protects the animals with winter
fur well from the cold, there are also horses that need a blanket. The Buster
200g medium weight blanket from Premier Equine is definitely worth your
Amy is completely satisfied with the thicker blanket and her
back is much more relaxed because the rug keeps her warm and protected from the
wind and rain. If we look at the weather report now, then we are quite
relaxed, because Amy is well prepared for the cold days. We are now
considering a second blanket to change if the winter gets wet and colder. Take a look at the Buster 200g Turnout Rug with Neck Cover here: https://www.premierequine.co.uk/buster-200g-turnout-rug-with-neck-cover-c2x23881959