Product Review: Amigo Bravo 12 Plus Turnout with Disc Front Closure System

The Amigo Bravo 12 Plus Turnout with Disc Front Closure. Photo courtesy of Horseware Ireland.

Horseware has been an industry leader in blanketing innovations and clever solutions for horse owners since the company’s launch in 1985, with an emphasis on durability, quality and ultimately comfort for our hardworking equine partners. Their newest innovation comes in the form of a Disc Front Closure System that makes blanketing a breeze and provides superior comfort for the horse.

The Disc Front Closure System features a flexible disc made of non-corrosive polypropylene, which is a highly durable material but also extremely lightweight. You can easily bend the disc in your hands, which means it can also move and flex with the horse to allow for a more comfortable fit.

Combined with Horseware’s V-Front closure system, which cuts the front of the blanket in such a way that it mimics the horse’s shoulder movement, the disc is designed with ergonomic, countered curves that follow the natural shape of the horse’s neck. The disc’s contoured design gives more freedom for the horse’s neck to lower comfortably for grazing and eating and avoids binding at the base of the neck.

In addition to providing more comfort for your horse, the Disc Front Closure System is about as easy as it gets to use. The disc is attached to the front of the blanket with velcro straps, and you can easily open and close the straps with one hand, or while wearing bulky winter gloves.  The Velcro is strong and durable to ensure the blanket stays put, even when your horse is romping around like a madman in turnout (ask me how I know).

Horseware’s Disc Front Closure System is now available on select Amigo turnouts, fly products and coolers. I’ve tested it on the Amigo Evolution Fly Sheet, Rambo Airmax Cooler and most recently the Amigo Bravo 12 Plus Turnout, which is Horseware’s best-selling Amigo turnout blanket.

Made with an extremely durable 1200-denier polyester outer shell, the Amigo Bravo 12 Plus is highly waterproof and breathable, and also includes a detachable hood. The rug features a smooth polyester lining to enhance shine on your horse’s coat, leg arches, reflective strips, three cross surcingles, a wrapped tail cord (one of my favorite features of Horseware’s blankets — it’s so easy to wipe clean!) and loops to attach liners.

Horseware’s Disc Front Closure System is now available on select Amigo turnouts, fly products and coolers, including the Amigo Hero pictured here. Photo courtesy of Horseware Ireland.

The Amigo Bravo 12 Plus comes in a lighter 100-gram weight, which makes it perfect for milder winter climates and spring. I’ve used it during cold snaps in Ocala this winter, as well as on the road while competing at Pine Top Advanced Horse Trials, and the Amigo Bravo 12 Plus is a fantastic rug to have in your arsenal for use at home and at shows. The Surefit neck design makes it comfortable for your horse to wear, and the addition of the Disc Front Closure System ensures freedom of movement when grazing.

The Amigo Bravo 12 Plus with Disc Front Closure (100g Lite) retails for $230 and is available in a beautiful navy with red and gold trim — it definitely looks sharp! The Amigo Bravo line of turnout blankets is well known for being durable. We have a number of these rugs at Schramm Equestrian, and they hold up fabulously through the years. This is definitely a blanket I know I’ll have for years to come.

Click here to learn more about the Amigo Bravo 12 Plus Turnout and to find a stockist in your area. Have you tried Horseware’s Disc Front Closure System? Let us know in the comments below.

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