Saturday, February 5, 2022

Horseware products

Are they still as good as they were 15 years ago? 

I have a 9 year old Amigo Wug (Mara's!) and a 2 year old Amigo Wug Lite and the latter is falling apart.

So Mag has two Amigo Wugs that are falling apart but still function - they still keep him dry even though ripped up and one has a broken tail strap. (The tail strap just hangs there but somehow the blanket does not come off despite daily rolls in the mud - how? Normally a blanket needs either a tail strap or leg straps to stay on.)

The Lite is ripped on the inside.

Before we go back to America I wanted to be sure Mag has two fully operational, non ripped blankets. 

Yesterday they both arrived from Amazon. (In case you're curious what we pay here, the Lite cost 150Euros and the 250gram was 167Euros. I think that's  still quite a good deal for 1200 Denier, and these are just the Amigo type, not the fancier ones that can cost 300$.)

Somehow the weather here is still not warranting a blanket with any amount of fill so he's in a brand new rain coat. Which he covered 100% in mud the very first night. 


I love this brand, this durability, waterproofness, and the fact that my horse does not have blanket rubs despite wearing a blanket 100% of the time all Winter long. (I do apply "Show Sheen" to the points that would rub, but for some blankets that is not enough.)

It was clean for a few minutes. I like that they put a size tip on the package, "For narrow horses with high withers." Mag isn't narrow but the high neck seems to distribute pressure to compensate.

What do you think  - is Horseware still worth investing in - or have other brands surpassed them, as they have declined in quality and risen in price, like almost everything else?


Shirley said...

I don't know anything about that brand, but I really like Weatherbeeta blankets.

AareneX said...

To my unending surprise, the cheapest blanket in the shop (Saxon) is the one that fits my horse best--when does that actually happen?

So, my observation is that "durable" is a two-part deal.
1. Is it well-constructed from sturdy material
2. Does it fit the horse so there are no weird pressures on vulnerable parts of the horse or the blanket

Weatherbeeta used to be my go-to, but they don't fit the Dragon worth a damn and she rips them to shreds.

Schneiders is the gold standard for many of my friends, but at least one person I know purchased the same style/material blanket she's bought from them for yonks, and it soaked through the first day. Schneiders replaced that blanket with another one which also immediately leaked. I've never gotten a Schneiders to fit my horse, no matter what size--the size she normally takes leaves her butt hanging out, and a bigger one binds her shoulders.

Soooooo, I guess my answer is "if it ain't broke don't fix it, and if it is, do something else."

EvenSong said...

I think one thing that helps with the Wugs is the V shaped closure at the front. Those have always helped several of my horses with fitting correctly.