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- Bucas Smartex Combi Neck Medium Turnout Rug
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Bucas Smartex Combi Neck Medium Turnout Rug
The Bucas Smartex Medium Turnout rug is made using two technically advanced layers of fabric. This allows your horse to remain comfortable through a much larger temperature range compared to other rugs of a similar weight which is particularly useful when the temperature fluctuates throughout the day and night and therefore removes the worry of your horse being too hot or cold. The recommended temperature range for a horse in a 150g medium weight Smartex is -10 to +12 degrees Celsius though this can vary depending on whether the horse is clipped or unclipped, the wind, humidity and other factors.
The lining is made from Stay-Dry fleece and 150g of thermobonded polyester wadding and acts in the same way as a sweat rug. It can be placed directly on a wet or sweaty horse and the lining will quickly transfer moisture away, leaving the horse dry and avoiding unnecessary rug changes. The lining is also treated with an "Anti-Microbial" treatment which helps protect the lining against the growth of a range of micro-organisms including Bacteria, Fungi and Mites.
The Smartex also features a ballistic nylon outer which is not only incredibly strong but also has a waterproof breathable coating.
Another feature is the Bucas ‘Click n Go’ closure system which uses a patented Stainless Steel buckle that can be closed and opened easily in one movement. In addition, it has Velcro panels and straps to ensure the rug remains securely fastened and is well padded to ensure complete comfort for your horse.
The Smartex has shoulder darts to allow for extra room and movement and the shoulder areas are also lined with soft nylon to prevent rubs. It comes with cross-surcingles and detachable elastic leg straps, a tail flap for added protection and reflective piping around the edge of the rug.
In addition, there is a combi neck cover with stay dry lining that can be attached via Velcro panels on each side of the neck to give you complete flexibility depending on the weather.
Available in sizes UK 5'0 - 7'2 / EU 115 - 165
Lisa’s notes: I’m a great fan of Bucas rugs as I’ve used them for years and the quality and fit is fantastic. When it comes to horse rugs, you really do get what you pay for and these are extremely durable and fit most horses very well. I love the Smartex range for the ability to be able to throw them onto a wet horse knowing they will wick away the moisture and leaving them dry underneath. This is a great advantage for anyone who has horses who live out or during the winter when you finish riding late and don’t want to be hanging around the stables for hours waiting to swap the rugs over! It took me a little while to get my head around the fact that this rug kept horses so warm and yet didn’t look very thick compared to other rugs on the market but I can honestly say that they really do. Unlike other rugs these are not based on weight so do not be led by this but be guided by the temperature range above. The ballistic outer material also makes these rugs very strong and they withstand much more abuse than the ordinary denier ones. I’m not saying that if you have a rug ripper of a horse that it will be completely indestructible but as someone whose hedgerows contain gorse they do seem to have survived extremely well! The darted necks mean that they are unlikely to slip back and create problems with rubs on the withers though there is the option to purchase the Big Neck version for those horses with very big, deep necks if needed. These rugs are not cheap but they are extremely well made with all Stainless Steel fittings and as with all Smartex and Bucas Power rugs they come with a 2 year guarantee against any manufacturing or material faults which can be extended to 3 years via the Bucas website. We do try to keep a large stock of them in the most popular sizes but if your size is not showing in the stock list please do call to check estimated delivery dates. We can normally get them from the manufacturer within the week if they have available stock but please do phone if you need further assistance.