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Video: How to Measure Your Horse for a Blanket

Finding the correct blanket size for your horse is easy. Here's how to get an accurate measurement.

November 2013 Extra

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Before you invest in a stable blanket, rain sheet or turnout rug for your horse, make sure you're getting the correct size. The video below shows how to get an accurate measurement.

 

Things to Remember:

  • In the U.S., blankets are measured in inches. The chest-to-tail measurement in inches is your horse's size.
  • Use a flexible, fabric tape measure and make sure that it lies flat across the widest point of your horse's body.
  • Make sure that your horse is standing square, not resting a hind leg or with legs uneven. That can cause his body to bulge to one side, altering your measurement.
  • If your measurement is between sizes, round up to the next size.
  • Blankets will fit differently depending on how your horse is built. If a blanket doesn't fit correctly, it may not be the wrong size, but rather the wrong structure for your horse's body type.

Further Reading
Blanket Fit
Field Guide to Horse Blanket Fit

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

11/19/2013 11:55:25 PM

Great advice.

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