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Rhino Plus with Vari-Layer

Rhino® Plus with Vari-Layer™

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Why We Love This

The Rhino Plus with Vari-Layer™ technology features the patented Surefit Neck design with straight front closure and Leg Arches™ to give your horse greater freedom of movement and comfort. The Vari-Layer™ system works by strategically placing additional layers of up to 450g of thermobonded fiberfill where your horse needs it most and reducing bulk where it isn’t necessary, providing maximum warmth with minimum weight. The unique AquaTrans™ barrier technology will keep this blanket both waterproof and breathable even if the tough 1000D outer rips. Your horse’s skin and coat will love the anti-static, antibacterial, and shine-enhancing lining.


Compatible with the Horseware Interchangeable Liner and the Horseware Vari-Layer Interchangeable Liner. 

Favorite Features:

  • 1000D polypropylene outer is waterproof and breathable, even if it rips
  • Anti-static, antibacterial, and shine-enhancing lining
  • Vari-Layer™ technology for maximum warmth and minimum weight
  • Leg Arches maximize freedom of movement
  • Neck cover included
Key Specifications
  • Denier: 1000D
  • Fabric: Polypropylene
  • Fill: 250G
  • Closure Style: V-front
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Sizing Chart for Rhino® Plus with Vari-Layer™
Denier 1000D
Fabric Polypropylene
Fill 250G
Surcingles Cross Surcingles
Lining Polyester
Gussets Leg Arches
Closure Style V-front
Neck Style Regular
Tail Flap Yes
Neck Rug/Hood Included
Rhino® Plus with Vari-Layer™ is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I love Horseware but... I bought this new last year and used it on one horse over the winter who is not playful or rough on blankets. The stitching at the Velcro at the front clasp has failed just with normal use. I stupidly repaired it before thinking to take photos, so the photos attached here are after my mediocre stitch job. I didn't have matching thread so you can see the lighter pink thread is mine. I fear it will need constant monitoring/repair and the lining isn't meant to be stitched into again and again so I am sure it will rip sooner rather than later. I expect more from Horseware, I know this is a Rhino and not a Rambo so not as durable, but I thought that was for the outside durability (polypropylene vs nylon) of the blanket, not the stitching. Not even making it through one winter (5-6 months) and having stitching fail is unacceptable. On the plus side my horse was dry all winter and the blanket held up great everywhere else.
Date published: 2023-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but ripped after 2 seasons, thin material Overall it’s nice and I’ll likely buy more horsewear of Ireland blankets in future. But was expecting much stronger material- it ripped on the inside after just 2 seasons and a few washings despite being in a laundry bag. Very thin liner material. Also the fill material seems somewhat cheap and thin which I noticed after it ripped and exposed it. Last, it shifts a bit on both my horses - always to the same side.
Date published: 2023-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am so happy I saw this blanket on sale and snagged it! I now am able to swap this out with my other medium blanket (SmartPak Ultimate) so that my horse always has a medium and I can send one off to be washed. I have the purple and the color is gorgeous.
Date published: 2022-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great blanket I bought this 3 years ago and it has survived 3 NH winters of group turnout without a scratch. My TB was always a comfortable temperature- I love the vari-layer because it's plenty warm on the coldest days, but the blanket isn't as heavy and fluffy and still fits on the blanket rack.
Date published: 2022-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit! Blanket is true to size and great quality! I have a picky hard to fit horse and it works great!
Date published: 2022-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horseware Great for New England Winter Horse Wear! First off, I love the color! I love plaids! It is a gorgeous well-made blanket and fits my quarter horse perfectly - no doubt he will stay toasty warm this winter! Would 1000 % buy this blanket again from SmartPak. My horse, Lucky, is not hard on blankets but it is assuring to know that Rhino Plus with Vari-Layer also comes with Horseware's three-year waterproof guarantee. The front closure works great for my chunky QH. The "V' closure is easy to use with snaps versus buckles and allows for freedom of movement. Very few blankets have 3 surcingles. Along with the tail cord, the 3 surcingles assist in keeping the blanket in the proper position. The vari-layer allows for use of a Horseware Liner for layering. I bought the medium weight. I feel that gives several options to add liners of different weights. Most blankets do not include the neck cover in the price. This one does! This is Lucky's second winter with this blanket. I have machine-washed, several times, with blanket wash. It has held its waterproofing, color, and durability. I have never been disappointed by Horseware of Ireland!
Date published: 2021-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful blanket This is my first Rhino purchase, and I’m really happy with the quality and appearance of this blanket and neck cover.
Date published: 2021-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great blanket I bought this in December. I love the fit and quality of the blanket
Date published: 2021-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit! I am very pleased with the quality of this product. Durable material and a great fit!
Date published: 2020-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value Love this blanket. Gorgeous, comes with neck cover, has leg arches and all for under $300!
Date published: 2018-10-22
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