A good quality polycotton rug is an essential for your horses wardrobe. In many ways it will make your horse more comfortable.
As a summer essential the light coloured rug will reflect heat and keep your horse cooler. The effect of heat from the sun will be much less if your horse is rugged in a white horse rug. You can notice the effect yourself if you get into a dark coloured car that has been sitting in the sun or wear dark clothes - dark colours attract and hold the heat.
The material also wicks away moisture and sweat, the very action of evaporation from the rug provides a cooling effect.
Another problem with sun is that it fades colours and has the same impact on your horses coat. You can see the significant difference in vibrance of colour in a horses coat that has been rugged.
Your horses coat will also benefit from the polishing action of the rug which produces a shine and glean that highlights your horses coat at its best.
A good summer sheet provides protection against other elements in the environment. It will provide protection from the bugs and insects that bite and annoy your horse and cause irritations. The rug also provides some protection from the cuts and scratches that seem to occur while a horse is in the paddock or in a stable or travelling.
A summer polycotton rug is not just for summer. It is great as a layer under waterproof winter blankets and rainsheets for added warmth or to keep your synthetic rugs cleaner. Regularly changing your polycotton underrug keeps a clean rug against your horse and reduces the need to wash your synthetic rugs.
The polycotton sheet - an essential for your horse.