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.


Dear Santa...A Subscription to My Horse Box

My Horse Box is a luxury, monthly subscription box for the equine obsessed and would make a truly unique Christmas gift this year. You can subscribe for one month, or three, and each box has a theme; 'Hacking Out', 'Back to Schooling', 'Show-Ready', 'Spring Cleaning' to name just a few. 

The founders, Annabelle and Jonathan hand pick the most exciting and innovative equine products on the market and on route, gather exclusive discount codes for their subscribers. I am convinced they are super-human as they do all of this and somehow find the time to interview big names such as 2017 Burghley runner up Piggy French, and eight-time Paralympic Champion, Sophie Christiansen CBE for their monthly 'Hacking Out' feature. All perfectly packaged into a stylish My Horse Box and delivered on time, direct to my door once a month.

Want to know more..? Take a look inside November's 'No Foot, No Horse' box and discover why it is the perfect present...

  1. Bespoke and Personal - Solid Wood and Nickle Plated Steel Hoof Pick
  2. The Herbal Horse - Farrier Mix
  3. Safe-Care Equine - BioHoof
  4. Supreme Products - Heel, Sole and Frog Care
  5. Topline Naturals - Hoof Dressing
  6. Hacking Out interview with British Eventing Royalty, Lucinda Fredericks!
One month costs: £34.99 or three months for £97.47 - this includes a luxury My Horse Box, with the promise of goods to the value of £50 RRP and delivery included! If you're struggling to buy for the equestrian who has everything, then this is the one...

Jessica & Oscar.


Dear Santa...Fleck Carbon Ultragrip Whip

I helped a friend carry her tack to her lorry pre competition. The usual things, saddle, bridle, boots, whip...whip? What is this? It was as light as a feather, invisible in my hand and made waves as I swooshed it through the air like a fancy sword. It was the Fleck Carbon Ultragrip Whip...

Of course it is German. Designed by a country celebrated for their architectural engineering, I had to have my own.

With a solid fibre glass core, the Fleck Carbon Ultragrip Whip is robust, never feeling delicate and always in perfect balance. Something not to be underestimated, because this helps my precision, ensuring my message is loud and clear and therefore less frequent. The weight and width of the Fleck Carbon Ultragrip Whip means I can keep my hand relaxed whilst holding it, with my thumbs on top.

We all have our own opinions on riding with a whip...I personally choose to for the purpose of backing up my leg aid - thought, energy, leg, tap! Whilst I would love to be a Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin who only pick up a whip to teach a certain movement, my lack of time, training sessions and hot Jazz bloodlines make this a challenging aspiration to have. I am sure many other amateur equestrians feel the same and writing this blog post encouraged me to dig out an old article from 2014 that I read on the subject of dressage whips featured on Dressage Today, that makes for great reading.

I ordered my Fleck Carbon Ultragrip Whip from Classic Dressage for £28.00, it arrived in a cardboard tube, perfectly protected. It would make an excellent Christmas gift for the dressage diva in your life.

Jessica and Oscar.