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BETA Outdoor Rug Guide And Advice

Looking to buy an outdoor rug for your horse or pony?

Help is on hand with the new BETA Rug guide.

BETA, (the British Equestrian Trade Association), represents most of the UK's equestrian manufacturers, distributors and retailers, and aims to raise standards of supply, retail and safety.

The association has re-launched its leaflet 'Guide to Purchasing your Outdoor Rug' which is full of valuable advice for horse owners and riders, and covers all aspects to consider when buying a rug for your horse or pony.

There are many different types of rugs manufactured to suit a variety of purposes, and choosing the correct one for your horse's needs can become quite difficult.

A glossary of terms is included in this updated publication, to give you an indication of what particular purpose a rug is intended for, as well as a comprehensive section on 'How to buy the right size'.

Fit is all important, as a rug will not stay in place unless it fits properly, and a badly fitting rug will slip and be strained to breaking point, also because horses come in a variety of shapes and sizes, it may be necessary to look at several different makes or styles, as some may fit better than others.

Once you have the right size, it is important to fit and fasten the rug correctly, using leg straps and/or cross surcingles in order to keep the rug in position and to avoid causing rubbing and sore areas.

The leaflet also explains the best methods of maintaining your rug, including tips for cleaning, repairing and reproofing, along with guidelines on what to do in the event of a problem.

BETA Chief Executive, Claire Williams says: " We have updated the leaflet to help horse owners and riders know exactly what to look for when purchasing a rug, and to provide them with valuable information."

Leaflet available from all stockists who are retail members of BETA.

For more information contact BETA on 01937 587062


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