Whether you want a cooler, fly sheet or warm winter rug, you'll need to measure your horse for the correct size. Here is how to measure your horse for a blanket.
Time Required: 10 minutes
- Tie your horse safely.
- Keeping the twine even, measure around his shoulder, over the barrel and around his haunches to the edge of his tail. Be sure that the twine stays parallel to the floor/ground.
- With the marker, put a mark on the twine where it meets the edge of the horse’s tail.
- Measure the twine with your tape measure from the mark you made, to the end that was at the horse’s chest.
- This measurement is the size of the blanket you’ll need. If the measurement is an odd number, add one to it so you get an even number. For example, if you measure your horse and the measurement is 73 inches, add 1 and buy a 74 inch blanket. (Most blankets I’ve seen in North America are measured in inches, even in Canada. European made blankets will have a sizing chart for easy conversion.) Most blankets have plenty of adjustment room, so you’ll be able to let the front fasteners out to accommodate that extra inch.
- Turnout rugs and other blankets can come in different ‘cuts’. Manufacturers such as Weatherbeeta, and others have sizing charts to help you choose the right blanket.
- I use twine, rather than the measuring tape. Many measuring tape rattle and crinkle which lots of horses don't like. Plus if I drop the twine in the process, I don't have to worry about cleaning it up.
- Ask for the store’s return policy just in case you make a sizing mistake. That way you can try the blanket on your horse before making a final decision. Be sure to keep the blanket clean when you try it. Put a light sheet on your horse first, and then put the blanket on over top. If it needs to be exchanged clean up any stray hairs with a lint roller.
What You Need
- Your horse.
- A long peice of string or twine. I knot two peices of baler twine.
- A marker
- A tape measure