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The Development and History of Horse Rugs

A horse rug, sometimes also called a blanket or a sheet, is usually designed to offer the horse protection in some way; depending on the type of rug this may be to keep the horse warm, clean or shielded from the elements. Others are designed specifically to improve safety, such as fluorescent exercise rugs which allow the horse to be seen by other road users, whilst some are specifically as an adornment to improve appearance.

Originally developed by tribes of Native Americans, to begin with the rugs were used more like a saddle - the only thing separating the horse from the rider. Designed to keep both the horse and rider warm, they were popular for use as traditional ceremonial wear.

These first rugs were made from wool, which had to be cleaned and spun, and then woven by hand. The rugs were usually dyed using plant and vegetables dyes to create a range of vivid and beautiful colours. These rugs were attached to the horse with rope, fashioned into what would be considered a girth today. Whilst difficult to make and not very durable, these rugs were certainly a sight to behold; with designs and colours far exceeding those available today.

Considered a precious commodity to the Native American horse owners, as they are to horse owners today, these rugs were often traded between tribes for other possessions. They continue to be used by Native American tribes today in much the same way as they always have been.

We now take being able to keep our horses warm and protected from the elements for granted; through the use of the most innovative materials and designs we are able to ensure that the horse is comfortable and even stylish! It is difficult to believe that the horse rug has come from such humble beginnings.

Nowadays a huge range of horse rugs are available on the market, from stable and turnout rugs to fly and fleece sheets. There's a rug for every occasion, to suit horses of every shape and size. Significant improvements have been made to the rugs throughout their history; from the development of improved inner and outer materials, to greater features to secure the rugs and ensuring that they allow the horse freedom of movement. These improvements have been made to ensure the safety and comfort of the horse in order to match the requirements of the modern horse.

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