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A pick of the best lightweight turnouts and rain sheets for changeable weather


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  • Lightweight turnout rugs are an essential item in any horse’s rug wardrobe. Lightweights typically have 50–150g of insulation, but you can also get no-fill (0g) rain sheets. While lightweights are a particularly great option in the milder spring and autumn months, layering rugs throughout the year has become much more popular as it allows you to be flexible in a cost-effective way. The best lightweight turnout rugs are designed to give your horse an extra layer to help protect him from the elements, while preventing him from overheating in warmer temperatures – they are great to have on hand when the seasons are changing.

    Rugs that are both waterproof and breathable are what everyone is looking for, although different types of horses will suit particular cuts, designs and neck configurations. It’s important that these rugs can withstand a heavy and prolonged rain shower, don’t slip or rub, and can survive the wear and tear that comes with turning your horse out. There’s a lot to consider when choosing a rugjump to this section for more info on how to work out which rug is best for your horse.

    We’ve rounded up a selection of the best lightweight turnout rugs for every budget, some of which have been reviewed by our independent testers. Or skip to our selection of the best no-fill rain sheets.

    Best lightweight turnout rugs (up to 150g)

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    WeatherBeeta Green-Tec 900D Detach-A-Neck Lite Plus

    Fill: 50g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 900D | Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Black/bottle green | RRP: £154.99 | Review: 9/10 |

    This WeatherBeeta rug has been created using recycled plastics for the outer and lining, meaning each rug saves over 340 plastic bottles from going into the ocean or landfill. The quick-clip front closure offers maximum adjustability and other features include twin low cross surcingles, a large, protective tail flap and removable, adjustable leg straps.

    This Weatherbeeta rug scored 9/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.

    View now at viovet.co.uk, amazon.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, naylors.com, equus.co.uk or sportsdirect.com

    Swish 50g detachable neck turnout

    Fill: 50g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 4ft3in – 7ft6in | Colours: Pink, navy, orange, purple, peppermint or green | RRP: £85.99 | Review: 8/10 |

    This Swish Equestrian rug gives you the flexibility of a neck cover that attaches with two double-locking Velcro pieces. It is designed to sit higher on the neck and shoulder to prevent it slipping back and rubbing. It has a 1200D ripstop outer with reflective strips on the front, rear and tail flap. It also features large shoulder gussets, cross surcingles, a tail flap and removable, elasticated leg straps. Also available with a 100g fill.

    This Swish rug scored 8/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review

    View now at amazon.co.uk

    Ponyo Horsewear detach-a-neck turnout

    Fill: 50g, 100g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 3ft – 7ft3in | Colours: 7 fun patterns | RRP: From £69 | Review: 8/10 |

    These Ponyo rugs feature a generously shaped neck cover to protect your horse in the worst of weather conditions. They also have a high-cut neckline to avoid slipping and pulling on the shoulders and a Velcro chest flap that holds everything in place. Available in a great range of fun patterns and a wide range of sizes, they will brighten up any horse’s wardrobe. The rug also features a fleece wither relief pad and detachable leg straps.

    This Ponyo rug scored 8/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review

    Hy StormX Original 50 Combi turnout 

    StormX Original 50 Combi turnout 

    Fill: 50g | Style: Fixed neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Purple | RRP: £64.99 | Review: 8/10 |

    With a 600D waterproof rip-stop outer, this Hy turnout rug features an integrated contour neck cover with double touch-tape fastenings, twin adjustable buckle chest fastenings, adjustable cross surcingles, adjustable leg straps and a generous tail flap.

    This Hy rug scored 8/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    Shires Tempest Original 100 turnout

    Shires Tempest Original 100 turnout

    Fill: 100g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 48–87in | Colours: Navy or purple lightning | RRP: £59.99 |

    This fully lined Shires rug features adjustable buckle chest straps, adjustable cross surcingles and a fillet strap. The PFC-free durable water-repellent finish outer offers sustainable weather protection without the use of environmentally harmful PFCs. It is compatible with Shires rug liners.

    View now at viovet.co.uk, sportsdirect.com, naylors.com, rideawaystore.com or equus.co.uk

    Derby House Pro medium/lite standard turnout 

    Derby House Pro medium/lite standard turnout 

    Fill: 100g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 4ft3in – 7ft3in | Colours: Argean blue/beet red | RRP: £49.99 | Review: 7/10 |

    Constructed from a durable 1200D diamond weave outer with a PFC-free waterproof coating, this Derby House rug features double buckle and clip chest fastenings for easy adjustment and fit. It also has shoulder gussets for freedom of movement, adjustable cross surcingles, elasticated leg straps and a large tail flap. 

    This Derby House rug scored 7/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.

    View now at rideawaystore.com

    Mark Todd Autumner

    Mark Todd Autumner

    Fill: 150g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Ink/grey | RRP: From £89.99 | Review: 7/10 |

    This rug is one of the warmer lightweights in this guide at 150g polyfill. Its features include reinforced nylon anti-rub shoulders, adjustable double front buckles with quick-release clips, reflective strips and adjustable and removable leg straps. A compatible neck cover is available to purchase separately.

    This Mark Todd rug scored 7/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.

    View now at viovet.co.uk, amazon.co.uk or naylors.com 

    Bucas Freedom lightweight turnout

    Bucas Freedom lightweight turnout

    Fill: 150g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 3ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Navy or other seasonal colours | RRP: £73 |

    This Bucas turnout has a 600D rip-stop outer and is available in a standard, high and a full neck. This particular rug is the only one in the Bucas range that doesn’t have shoulder darts, making it a ‘slim fit’ and more suited to narrower, thoroughbred-type horses. It is also available with a full neck.

    View now at viovet.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    Horseware Rambo Summer Series 

    Horseware Rambo Summer Series

    Fill: 100g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in | Colours: Navy/grey or grey/burgundy | RRP: £85

    The mesh sides of this Horseware rug make the design a little different to most others. It has a waterproof top section and still accommodates a liner. The design has been improved to relieve with pressure, while elasticated cross surcingles offer improved fit, plus the V-front closure system removes pressure from the shoulder and chest.

    This Horseware rug was reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review

    View now at equus.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    JHL Essential Lightweight Plus turnout rug

    JHL Essential Lightweight Plus turnout rug

    Fill: 80g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Burgundy/navy | RRP: £54.99 |

    This JHL rug has a nylon lining, with reinforced anti-rub shoulders and fully taped seams. It features adjustable and removable legs straps, gusseted tail flap, adjustable double front buckles and cross adjustable surcingles.

    View now at rideawaystore.com

    LeMieux Arika Storm-Tek rug

    LeMieux Arika Storm-Tek rug

    Fill: 100g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Navy | RRP: £149.94 |

    This lightweight from LeMieux has been developed using a two-part patented system – the independent lower skirt delivers a break in the hemline relieving tension and allowing for a greater range of movement, while the central panel helps to self-right the rug and provides added protection. The angled front closure system evenly balances and distributes pressure, helping to prevent rubbing on the point of shoulder and across the chest. It is compatible with LeMieux liners.

    View now at equus.co.uk

    Mackey Keadeen Plus 

    Mackey Keadeen Plus 

    Fill: 100g | Style: Fixed neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Navy/grey/hunter | RRP: £87.95 |

    This rug has an anti-rub 210D polyester lining, fleece wither protection and twin strap breast buckles, as well as a tail flap, detachable leg straps and cross surcingles. It also features reflective strips on the front, back and tail flap. Also available with a standard neck.

    View now at viovet.co.uk

    Rhinegold Montpelier turnout 

    Rhinegold Montpelier turnout 

    Fill: 150g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft3in | Colours: Black/white check | RRP: £64.95 |

    This Rhinegold turnout has an innovative stretchy chest and shoulder panel, which is waterproof and is designed to aid freedom of movement. The outer is made of a 600D ripstop fabric and it is closed with twin multi-adjustable buckle and trigger clip fastenings. 

    View now at amazon.co.uk

    Ruggles V2 70g standard turnout 

    Ruggles V2 70g standard turnout 

    Fill: 70g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5–7ft | Colours: Royal purple | RRP: £70 |

    This 1200D rug from Ruggles also has a Teflon coating for extra protection and more resistance to moisture and staining. The underside has a soft nylon lining that helps to prevent rubbing and keeps the coat smooth, while the shoulder gussets allow easier movement. The rug is fastened with double adjustable chest straps and trigger clips, features a with protector and detachable leg straps. An attachable neck is available separately and fastens to the rug with Velcro.

    View now at ebay.co.uk

    Whitaker Tanfield turnout 

    Whitaker Tanfield turnout 

    Fill: 50g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 1680D | Sizes: 4ft9in – 6ft9in | Colours: Red, purple or grey | RRP: £55 |

    This Whitaker rug fastens at the chest with adjustable trigger clips and four D-rings for adjustability. It also has shoulder darts, crossed surcingles and elasticated leg straps. 

    View now at viovet.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    Masta Avante Duo

    Fill: 100g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in | Colours: Cobalt | RRP: £135

    The ergonomic neck cover on this Masta rug has been designed to move with your horse and helps relieve wither pressure, while keeping close to the neck during grazing to increase protection and prevent heat loss. 

    View now at ebay.co.uk

    Premier Equine Buster 150g turnout with classic neck cover

    Fill: 150g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 840D | Sizes: 5ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Navy or grey | RRP: £170 |

    This self-righting turnout from Premier Equine is made with a 840D ballistic nylon outer and treated with a waterproofing system that helps to regulate your horse’s temperature along with keeping your horse dry and comfortable. As part of the evolution of the Buster design, an extra high shoulder gusset has been added to allow for a greater range of movement in the field. It has a fleece-lined with pad, double-locking Velcro next cover straps and is compatible with Premier Equine rug liners.

    GS Equestrian 600D 100g waterproof turnout 

    GS Equestrian 600D 100g waterproof turnout 

    Fill: 100g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Black/red, navy/orange, navy/grey or black/purple | RRP: £32.95 |

    Strong and breathable, this GS Equestrian rug is cut in a classic style with a standard neck. It has a double front T-bar chest closure, adjustable cross surcingles and tail flap. 

    R&R Burghley

    Fill: 100g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 4–7ft | Colours: Burgundy | RRP: £70

    This rug from R&R Country has all the features you’d expect to find in a good value turnout, including a twin buckle chest fastening and deep shoulder gussets.

    Best no-fill rain sheets (0g) 

    Bucas Sun Shower best lightweight turnout rugs

    Bucas Sun Shower

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Sizes: 5–7ft | Colours: Silver | RRP: £91 | Review: 9/10 |

    This Bucas rug has no lining, but only a mesh to help circulate the air underneath the rug – this is the same mesh that is used in the Buzz-Off Rain rugs. The rug has attachment points for a neck, but this is sold separately.

    This Bucas rug scored 9/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.

    View now at viovet.co.uk

    Derby House Elite detach-a-neck turnout

    Derby House Elite Lightweight Detach-A-Neck turnout

    Fill: 0g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1680D | Sizes: 5–7ft | Colours: Magenta purple | RRP: £62.99 | Review: 9/10 |

    This turnout from Derby House is described as designed to last. It is a strong 1680D liner-compatible shell, which means rather than having to have lots of different rugs for every time the weather changes you can instead add or remove a liner as required. It has double buckle and clip chest fastenings, elasticated leg straps, a shaped, detachable neck with fleece poll pad and storm flap.

    This Derby House rug scored 9/10 as part of our independent testing scheme and it was awarded H&H Approved status – read the full review.

    View now at rideawaystore.com

    Hy DefenceX System 0 turnout with detachable neck cover

    DefenceX System 0 turnout with detachable neck cover

    Fill: 0g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in | Colours: Navy/purple | RRP: £84.99

    This durable no-fill rug made by Hy has adjustable cross surcingles, double clip chest fastenings and leg straps to keep this rug securely in place. It features a specially shaped tail flap to give ultimate coverage, detachable neck cover for versatility and reflective areas for optimum visibility.

    View now at viovet.co.uk or equus.co.uk

    Shires Tempest Original Lite turnout 

    Shires Tempest Original Lite turnout 

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 48–87in | Colours: Navy/grey, horse print, purple lightning or blue nebular | RRP: £51.99

    This Shires rug is cut deep and features adjustable buckle chest straps, adjustable cross surcingles and fillet string. It is compatible with Shires rug liners.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, equus.co.uk, naylors.com or rideawaystore.com

    Horseware Amigo AmEco 12 Plus Turnout Lite

    Fill: 0g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in | Colours: Teal/grey | RRP: £167.95

    This is Horseware’s first turnout made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, which is fully comparable to standard polyester fabrics. Every fabric element of this rug is created from the recycled polyester yarn – a standard sized turnout uses an average of 218 plastic bottles. It has a smooth lining and Surefit neck design to prevent rubbing, and a lightweight patented disc front closure. It features three surcingles for a secure fit and reflective strips. This rug is compatible with the Horseware liner system and is also available in 100g or 250g.

    View now at rideawaystore.com

    Swish 0g detachable neck turnout best lightweight turnout rugs

    Swish 0g detachable neck turnout

    Fill: 0g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 4ft3in – 7ft 6in | Colours: Green, orange, pink or mint | RRP: £83.99

    This 1200D Swish turnout is compatible with Swish rug liners and comes with a detachable neck cover that fastens with two double-locking Velcro straps. It is designed to sit higher on the neck and shoulders to prevent the rug from slipping back and rubbing. It has reflective strips on the front, rear and tail flap, as well as large shoulder gussets, cross surcingles, a tail flap and removable, elasticated leg straps. 

    View now at amazon.co.uk

    Weatherbeeta lightweight turnout rug

    WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Plus Dynamic Lite

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Blue, orange/blue or purple/black | RRP: £89.99

    This Weatherbeeta rug has all the extra features that make your life easier and your horse more comfortable. It has a memory foam wither relief pad, Ezi-Clip front closure and Weatherbeeta’s new temperature gauge badge that allows your to easily identify the weight. It has attachments for a neck, which you can purchase separately. New colours coming this spring.

    View now at naylors.com, viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    GS Equestrian 600D 0g waterproof turnout 

    GS Equestrian 600D 0g waterproof turnout 

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Black/red, navy/orange, navy/grey or black/purple | RRP: £30.95

    This GS Equestrian rug is described as having a strong and breathable outer and comfortable cotton lining. It is cut in a classic style and has a double T-bar chest closure, as well as adjustable cross surcingles, tail flap and fillet string. 

    Hug Blankets best lightweight turnout rugs

    Hug Blankets turnout

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 2520D | Sizes: 3ft6in – 7ft3in | Colours: Blue | RRP: £149.99

    This rug is new to the UK market. It is designed with an overlapping chest panel that moves with your horse in order to minimise shoulder rubs and wither pressure. It is described as ideal for muscled horses, performance horses and hard-to-fit horses. Detachable necks are available separately.

    JHL Essential lightweight turnout

    JHL Essential lightweight turnout

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Burgundy/navy | RRP: £49.99

    This JHL turnout has a 600D waterproof ripstop outer and nylon lining. It features adjustable low cross surcingles, as well as adjustable and removable leg straps. There are also D-ring attachments for an optional neck cover, which is available separately.

    View now at equus.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, rideawaystore.com or gooutdoors.co.uk

    LeMieux Arika Featherweight rug

    LeMieux Arika Featherweight rug

    Fill: 0g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 900D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Navy | RRP: £72.95

    This rain sheet from LeMieux has been developed using the same technology as their Storm-Tek range. It has a detachable neck and optional additional liner attachments, while the angled front closure system helps to evenly balance and distribute pressure, which prevents rubbing on the shoulders and across the chest.

    View now at equus.co.uk

    Mackey Equi-sential lightweight turnout rug

    Mackey Equi-Sential light

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5–7ft | Colours: Navy/red | RRP: £49.95

    This rug is simple with no frills – it features a double T-bar front closure, two cross surcingles and has an adjustable cord at the tail.

    View now at at viovet.co.uk

    Mark Todd best lightweight turnout rugs

    Mark Todd lightweight turnout

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | Colours: Navy/beige | RRP: From £74.98

    Features of this Mark Todd rug include reinforced nylon anti-rub shoulders, a gusseted tail flap for maximum protection, adjustable double front buckles with quick-release clips, adjustable and removable leg straps and fleece wither protection. Neck pictured is sold separately.

    View now at viovet.co.uk, rideawaystore.com or equus.co.uk

    Masta Vento best lightweight turnout rugs

    Masta Vento lightweight

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft6in | Colours: Navy | RRP: £69.95

    This Masta rug has an anti-rub polyester lining twin front surcingle fastenings, adjustable belly straps and fillet string allows a quick and secure fit. There are spare D rings if you would like to add your own leg straps.

    An earlier version of this Masta rug scored 6/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review

    Ponyo Horsewear 0g detach-a-neck turnout best lightweight turnout rugs

    Ponyo Horsewear 0g detach-a-neck turnout

    Fill: 0g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 3ft – 7ft3in | Colours: 7 fun patterns | RRP: From £59

    These Ponyo rugs feature a generously shaped neck cover to protect your horse in the worst of weather conditions. They also have a high-cut neckline to avoid slipping and pulling on the shoulders and a Velcro chest flap that holds everything in place. Available in a great range of fun patterns and a wide range of sizes, they will brighten up any horse’s wardrobe.

    Premier Equine rainsheet

    Premier Equine Buster Zero with classic neck cover

    Fill: 0g | Style: Detachable neck | Outer: 840D | Sizes: 5ft – 7ft3in | Colours: Burgundy, green or navy | RRP: £148

    This is Premier Equine’s best-selling turnoutMade with a breathable 840D ballistic nylon, this rug is compatible with Premier Equine liners. As part of the evolution of the ‘Buster’, an extra-high shoulder gusset has been added to allow for a greater range of movement in the field. It features a classic neck cover (without elastic), fleece-lined with pad, quick-release chest clips, an antibacterial and anti-static lining, and PVC-coated tail strap.

    View now at ebay.co.uk

    Rhinegold Torrent No Fill Turnout Rug

    Rhinegold Torrent No Fill Turnout Rug

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 600D | Sizes: 4–7ft | Colours: Navy, red, black, dottie or star print | RRP: £41.50

    Made with a 600D ripstop, breathable outer, this Rhinegold turnout has a breathable cotton lining and taped seams. It features twin clip and buckle chest fastening for adjustability and ease of use, front shoulder gusset, cross surcingles, leg straps, tail guard and strengthened surcingle guides.

    View now at amazon.co.uk

    Ruggles V2 standard turnout best lightweight turnout rugs

    Ruggles V2 standard turnout

    Fill: 0g | Style: Standard neck | Outer: 1200D | Sizes: 5–7ft | Colours: Red plum | RRP: £64

    This rug from Ruggles is made from 1200D fabric with a Teflon coating that offers extra protection and more resistance to moisture and staining. The underside has soft nylon lining to prevent rubbing and keep the coat smooth. It also features removable leg straps, a wither protector and has double buckle and clip chest fastenings. It is available in a range of weights and has attachments for a neck that is available separately.

    View now at ebay.co.uk

    Yaris Easy rain sheet

    Fill: 0g | Style: Fixed neck | Outer: 300D | Sizes: S–L | Colours: Navy, but can be customised | RRP: £65

    This rug from Yaris Equestrian is designed to be used on show days rather than as a turnout rug. It’s a single-layer waterproof cover with a simple belly strap and two neck ties. It comes in a drawstring bag so is ideal for storing in the lorry.


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    How to choose the best lightweight turnout rug

    There are a few things to consider when buying a new turnout rug, including…

    1. Weight – how much filling do you need? Do you need any at all?
    2. Outer shell – how tough does the rug need to be? Is your horse a known rug wrecker?
    3. Cut – do you need a neck? Are you after a particular shape?
    4. Extras – do you have a preferred type of fastening? Or would you benefit from reflective strips?

    Manufacturers are constantly innovating and introducing new features to their lightweight turnout rugs, such as shaped padding to protect the withers and new designs of shoulder gusset to allow additional freedom of movement. Choosing between neck styles – standard with no neck, detachable or integrated – is mostly down to what suits your horse best, but detachable is certainly the most versatile, allowing you to remove the neck when the weather’s a little warmer or if your horse is prone to rubbing. Many of the best lightweight turnout rugs, however, feature special anti-rub linings that should go some way to help prevent this.

    Fastenings are important because there’s nothing more annoying that having to find a spare buckle or replace your leg straps with a fillet string made of baler twine. Good quality, easy to fasten and comfortable for your horse are what you’re looking for here. Some rugs will have elasticated leg straps, while others will have clips rather than buckles at the front – have a good think about what you prefer and what will work for your horse because you’ll be using them every day.

    For an in-depth guide to choosing the best lightweight option for your horse, check out our expert guide to buying a new turnout rug.


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