How to Properly Measure & Fit a Horse Blanket
You want your horse to be comfortable and safe in his stable blanket. It is easy to get the proper fit with a little attention to detail. An improper fitting blanket will cause wither and shoulder rubs; a blanket that is too large can pose danger from straps and excess material. So you want to get it right.
At DressYourHorse.com we want to be certain your blankets fit properly. The process is simple and straightforward.
Measure Your Horse
Find a level spot and have an assistant hold your horse. Use a flexible cloth measuring tape.
The blanket size for your horse is the resulting measurement from point A to Point B. If you measure 74 inches from A to B, then your horse wears a Size 74. If your measurement is an odd number, use the next highest even number.
Fit the Blanket on Your Horse
You have purchased a stable blanket in your horse's correct size. It's easy to dress him in this new blanket, have him look classy, and make him comfortable.
Common Problems of Incorrectly Fitted Blankets
A blanket that is too big or too small may cause a lot of rubbing. Because the horse is uncomfortable, he may actually rid himself of the blanket.
When the neck of a blanket is too large, it will hang lower on the horse's back. This causes rubbing and consequent slippage. When the horse rolls or stands up after rolling, there is great danger that he will step on the blanket material.
The blanket is too large when it extends beyond the top of the tail. A blanket should reach just over the top of the tail. If it does not reach that far, it is too small.
It is important to allow a hand's width between each leg strap and the horse's thighs and it is equally important to allow the hand's width between belly and surcingles. When straps and surcingles are too loose, the danger is that the horse may get his legs trapped in them. Leg straps secured too tightly will cause rubs.
Remember, if your horse is comfortable in his properly fitted blanket, he will be much happier to stay dressed.