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”
In English–speaking countries, horses are measured in “hands,” or four–inch increments, a measurement that originated in ancient Egypt. For example, a horse that measures 56 inches from the ground up to the top of the withers is 14 hands high, or 14 hh.
Width – The best way to check the fit of the blanket is to watch your horse walk while wearing it. As your horse is moving forward, observe the shoulders. If the blanket fabric pulls tightly against the shoulder to the point of possibly impeding movement, then the blanket is too snug.
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
The thoroughbred grows to an average height of 63.78 inches, or about 16 hands, with a range of 62 to 68 inches or more. The standardbred, used for harness racing, averages about 63 inches tall, with a range of 60 to 66 inches or more.
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.
Common signs of your horse being too cold are:
Blanketing Cheat SheetTemperatureUnclippedClippedAbove 50° Fno blanketno blanket or just a sheet40-50° Fno blanketsheet or lightweight30-40° Fno blanket, or only a lightweightmid- to heavyweight20-30° Fno blanket, or a light- to midweightheavyweight
Since horses are naturally equipped to grow a thick hair coat and produce plenty of body heat in winter with appropriate feeding, blankets are not always essential. … A wet blanket on a cold horse does no good.
They come in two varieties: turnout and stable. Turnout sheets and turnout blankets are waterproof and designed to be worn when your horse is outside, while stable sheets and stable blankets are not waterproof and meant to be worn when your horse is inside.
Choose your Temperature RangeTEMPERATURENATURAL COAT50 – 60 DegreesSheet40 – 50 DegreesLight Blanket (100g)30 – 40 DegreesLight/Medium Blanket (150g – 250g)20 – 30 DegreesMedium/Heavy Blanket (200g – 300g)