- 1 How do I know what size blanket my horse needs?
- 2 How do you fit a horse blanket?
- 3 When should I blanket my horse?
- 4 How should a winter horse blanket fit?
- 5 What size fly sheet for my horse?
- 6 How do I know if my horse blanket is too big?
- 7 What if my horse blanket is too big?
- 8 How wide are horse blankets?
How do I know what size blanket my horse needs?
Measure from the center of your horse’s chest (where the base of the neck meets the chest) over the point of his shoulder, to the point at which you want the sheet or blanket to end. A soft fabric tape measure with inch increments works well for this.
How do you fit a horse blanket?
It is essential that a blanket should fit well on the withers and shoulders so that your horse can move freely underneath the fabric without the blanket slipping back. Adjust the buckles and ensure you can still slide your hand down the neck of the blanket.
When should I blanket my horse?
A: It’s best to blanket your horse only after he has cooled down and his hair is dried. Unless the blanket is permeable, it will trap the moisture closer to his skin, slowing the drying period and lengthening the time it takes for a hot horse to return to normal body temperature.
How should a winter horse blanket fit?
The best way to put a sheet or blanket on your horse is to tie or cross-tie him or have someone hold him so that his movements are limited. Fasten closures by working from the front to the back, starting at the chest closure and working toward the belly surcingles and finally the leg straps.
What size fly sheet for my horse?
Use a tape measure (the soft and flexible sewing kind, not the stiff construction kind) and a friend to measure your horse from center of his chest, across his shoulder, barrel and rump to the center of his tail. This number in inches will tell you a starting point for fly sheet and blanket size.
How do I know if my horse blanket is too big?
The bottom hemline of the blanket should hang somewhere above the horse’s knees and hocks, but low enough that the bottom of the belly is not exposed when viewing from the side. If the blanket hemline falls at or below the horse’s knees and hocks, it is too big.
What if my horse blanket is too big?
Too Large: A blanket that is too big for your horse can move around on his body, causing a potentially unsafe situation if he steps on it or gets his leg caught in a strap. If you are finding you have to adjust the chest buckles so wide that your horse is not completely covered, then your blanket does not fit properly.
How wide are horse blankets?
Standard size blankets range from 64 inches for small ponies to 90 inches for large draft horses, so carefully measuring your horse is the key to selecting a well fitted blanket that will give him complete coverage. Generally speaking, an average size horse will most likely measure somewhere between 74 and 78.