Should horses be rugged?

Excerpt from Horsemanship Journal - Issue 5, 2015

Your Thoughts


A recent survey was conducted by Western Horse UK and Horsemanship Journal which included questions about rugging. Of the 114 respondents, 65% felt that horses were often over-rugged whereas, only 4% felt horses were often under-rugged. 20% believed horses were both often over-rugged and under-rugged and 4% believed that they were neither. The remaining 7% did not know.

When asked if they rug their horses to prevent a thick coat for showing, 32% said they did, 27 % said they did sometimes but 41% said they did not. Furthermore, 45% of respondents said they find it hard to find well-fitting rugs and 37% said they sometimes find it hard. Only 18% replied that they did not find it hard to find well-fitting rugs.

It is worth noting that only 4% had reported that their horses were always stabled and only 11 % were always turned out. 84% said that their horses were both stabled and tuned out.

Many people choose to rug their horses, whereas others are firmly against it.