Derby House' Elite Turnout Rug Ticks Every Box *****

I wouldn't consider it unusual for an equestrian to spend more money on their equines Winter wardrobe than their own and I am no exception. Therefore, when Derby House offered to send Oscar a Heavyweight Turnout Rug from their super smart Elite range to review, I excitedly accepted! At under £100, it came out of the box looking like great value and I couldn't wait to put it to the test...

Within the first few days of Oscar wearing his stylish Elite rug, I knew it ticked all of my 'must-have' rug features so Gee Gee and Me ran a poll on our Facebook page and asked you; 

what makes the perfect Winter rug for your horse? 

  • Tracy shared that a good fit is essential when buying rugs for her ex-racer, Dan. A brand, cut or style that works for one, doesn't always for another. I found the Derby House Elite Heavyweight Turnout Rug true to size for Oscar - a Connemara at 15hh - he wears a 6ft. Laura, a follower of Gee Gee and Me purchased one for her beautiful thoroughbred mare Q - pictured below - dainty at 15.1hh she wears a size 5'9ft. The rug is also lined with Derby House' Elite Signature nylon, this promises to maintain coat shine and prevent rubs and chaffing, equally as important as a good fit. 
  • Tracy also prioritises warmth and although Oscar is no thoroughbred, he spends his winters fully clipped, so we too think this is important. The Derby House Elite Heavyweight Turnout Rug has a durable 1680 denier outer shell that protects the 350g of cosy inner fill, together with the high-spec waterproof design the rug provides excellent low temperature protection. Oscar has been nothing but warm, dry and cosy, even in sub zero temperatures. 
  • Jenny of Wild At Hoof Barefoot Rehab wants an extra large tail flap, hind leg straps - as opposed to a fillet string - appropriately positioned shoulder gussets and either a high or fixed neck adding that she struggles to find rugs that tick all of these boxes...
  • The Derby House Elite Turnout Rug has an ample tail flap, with a wind strap for added protection in the worst of weather. Soft and elastic hind leg straps, that safely clip into place with no fillet string. A feature I am 100% in agreement with Jenny on being an essential because Oscar has been known to wriggle out of fillet string straps whilst enjoying a good roll, often found with rugs wrapped around his ears in the field, waiting to be rescued. The positioning of the shoulder gusset comes back to Tracy's priority of a good fitting rug and it is impossible to comment on how the Elite range will suit every shape and size however they are well positioned on Oscar and Q, two very different breeds allowing full freedom of movement to both. The Derby House Elite Heavyweight Turnout Rug comes in a detach-a-neck' and a 'fixed neck' option, both providing high full neck coverage. 
  • Louise, a loyal follower of Gee Gee and Me owns two beautiful horses and doesn't want her heavyweight turnout rugs to weight too much, with outer shells that don't rip and are super waterproof with front surcingles for ease of use with cold fingers in the winter. There is nothing worse than counting to three to gather momentum before throwing a rug over your horse and thankfully the Derby House Elite Heavyweight Turnout Rug is light and easy to handle, the filling springy and soft. Oscar has worn his on the wettest of days, the water beading and running off the strong 1680 denier surface, without penetrating the fabric, keeping it lightweight and easy to handle. Front surcingles no...but front velcro and fully adjustable chest clips...YES! 
  • In addition to the above, my priorities also include a rug that won't destroy Oscar's mane. The Derby House Elite Heavyweight Turnout Rug has a faux sheepskin poll at the whiter, reducing pressure on this area. Combined with the detachable neck option and the breath-ability of the material, Oscar's mane should remain healthy and strong this winter and can be worn in the stable and out.
  • Not forgetting a final shout out to the reflective straps, on the chest, tail and rear! Essential when you're stood in a field, in the pitch black with nothing but a headcollar and an iPhone torch and your horse is refusing to be found! I speak from experience...

Derby House are so proud of their smart Elite rug range they offer an Elite 3 Year Warranty against the fixtures and fittings and waterproof-ness of the outer shell of their turnout rugs. Oscar has been wearing the rug for a month now, in varying weather conditions, with his field friends and we're in love. Why would I ever spend hundreds of pounds again on heavyweight turnouts when this does the job perfectly...if not better.

Buy yours here:
Detach-A-Neck £99.99
Fixed Neck £89.99

Jessica & Oscar.

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