Fitting a Horse Blanket: Here’s how to get the perfect fit.Horse Size (In Hands)Blanket Size14 1/2 -15 1/272”15 12 – 1674”16 – 16 1/276”16 1/2 – 17 1/278”- 80”
A horse’s height is measured in ‘hands’ which is a measuring unit of 4 inches. The horse is measured from the ground to the highest point of the withers. There are two popular ways to measure a horse. One is by use of a measuring stick.
Throw a light- or midweight blanket on your body-clipped horse when temperatures start to hit the 40s, and reach for a heavier one once temperatures dip below freezing.
How to Measure Your Horse for a BlanketHorse HeightBlanket Size (U.S.)Blanket Size (European)14.0 – 14.2 h66″5’6″/168 cm14.2 – 15.2 h69″ – 72″6’0″/183 cm – 6’3″/190 cm16.0 – 16.2 h75″ – 78″6’3″/190 cm – 6’6″/198 cm16.2 h78″ – 81″6’6″/198 cm – 6’9″/206 cm
Tips for Fitting Horse Blankets or Sheets
Your inseam should be 60% or less of the horse’s height in inches. That means, if you have a 36″ inseam, your horse should be at least 15 hands tall. It’s not that you couldn’t ride a taller or shorter horse, you absolutely could, based on the information above.
15.2 – This is the correct way of writing that a horse is 15 hands, 2 inches tall. (Spoken as “fifteen two,” or “fifteen hands, two inches.”) … This means that a horse is 15 hands, 4 inches tall. Since a hand is equal to four inches, this horse is actually 16 hands tall.
A standard adult horse, on average, measures 14-17 hands at the withers, but some can exceed 18 hands while others can be as small as 8-9 hands depending on the breed.
For donkeys over the age of two, their weight can be estimated using height and girth measurements. Using our weight chart, you can estimate your donkey’s weight simply by plotting their measurements on the graph. For instance, a donkey 104 cm tall, with a heart girth of 122 cm, should weigh 181 kg.
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 I prevent blanket rubs?
Common signs of your horse being too cold are:
Make sure blankets are kept dry and do not put a blanket on a wet horse; wait until the horse is dry before blanketing. Or take a wet blanket off a horse to keep it from becoming chilled. Days that the temperature becomes warm remove the blanket so the horse does not sweat and become wet under the blanket.