Equipment Tried and Tested

Tried and Tested: Horseware Rambo Ionic Rug

I was lucky enough to secure a Horseware Rambo Ionic Stable Sheet to test on my horses.

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The sheet just after it had been put on. If you compare this with the other photo, after it has been on the horse for about 12 hours (overnight) you can see that it hasn’t pulled back at all.

I am always on the lookout for lightweight, easy to wash, perfectly fitting rugs, and any added health benefits would be even better, so this was a great one to try.

Ionic means that it contains a printed layer of powdered tourmaline crystals, which are negatively charged, and apparently help to improve circulation, therefore clearing lactic acid, toxins, etc, and to strengthen the immune system, amongst other benefits.

The Ionic rugs come in three options: a fleece, liner, and a stable sheet.

I have used it a lot, and washed it, and can confirm that it washes brilliantly, comes out looking as new (as I would expect from anything from Horseware!) and that, most importantly, the cut and fit are great.  It doesn’t move at all overnight, including when under another rug. So many stable sheets slip back and go really tight on the shoulders, which I absolutely detest, but this, as you can see from the photos, stays perfectly in place, needing no pulling forward (which some horses do not particularly appreciate.)

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This is the stable sheet after being on the horse overnight under another rug. It doesn’t pull back tight on the shoulders, a huge plus for me!

It’s perfect for regulating their temperature too – they don’t get too warm in it, but because it aids the circulation they definitely don’t get chilled. I’ve been using it on its own after working the horse (it has a ‘moisture management system’ and then adding a thinnish top rug for overnight if it’s a cold night.

I must admit that it has definitely usurped my previous favourite, the Back On Track rug, which does pull back with use and go tight on the shoulders.

I’ve used the Ionic Rug as a travel rug too, and again it kept the horse at a really nice temperature.

So, it’s a really big thumbs up from me for this one. Definitely one for the shopping list, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Hi Emily,
    To be honest I am not positive yet… it’s very difficult to tell whether things like this are really making a difference. But I think it’s definitely comfier for them (not slipping back and going tight across shoulders) and it seems to maintain their temperature better, there’s definitely no sweating up in this, and it’s fine to put on a just-washed-off warm horse, which I wouldn’t do with the Back On Track rug I have, if that makes sense.