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Horse Rug Size Guide: Measuring For A Horse Rug

The Countrybase store sells a wide range of horse rugs including:

Cooler Rugs
Exercise Rugs & Sheets
Fleece Rugs
Fly Rugs & Sweet Itch Rugs
Stable Rugs
Summer Sheets
Turnout Rugs

Buying the correct size of rug is important for your horse's comfort and to ensure it remains in place when worn. Horse rugs are sized in 3" increments with many brands available in sizes ranging from 4'0" to 7'3".

To measure your horse for a rug you will need someone to help you. Take a tape measure and hold one end to the centre of the chest of your horse and extend the tape measure along the side of the horse to the point of the buttock (in line with the top of the tail) as indicated below. Note: Exercise rugs are measured differently to other horse rugs and are measured from the withers to the top of the tail.

How to measure for a horse rug

Convert the measurement taken into feet and inches. This is the measurement of horse rug that you will need. If your horse measures between two different rug sizes you will need the larger size as it is better a rug is slightly too big than too small.

When trying a new rug on your horse it is recommended that you place a clean cotton sheet on the horse first, so that the new rug can be tried over the top without the risk of being soiled in case it doesn't fit and needs to be returned.

Ensure that the rug is pulled foward sufficiently that it it not too tight and fits comfortably around the horse's chest so that it will not rub. Check the back of the rug - the rear of the rug should be positioned approximately at the top of your horse's tail (with any tail flap extending from the top of the tail down). If the back of the rug extends 3 inches or more over your horse's tail, you will need a smaller size. If the rug stops 3 inches or more before reaching the top of your horse's tail you will need a larger size.

Pass the front cross surcingle under the belly and fasten towards the rear of the rug on the other side, then pass the back surcingle under the belly and fasten towards the front of the rug on the other size. Ensure that the cross surcingles can be adjusted to a length that allows the width of one hand to be placed between the horse's belly and each surcingle.

If the rug has leg straps, then pass the left leg strap between the hind legs and fix to the D-ring on the left hand side of the rug, then pass the right leg strap between the hind legs, through the left leg strap and attach to the D-ring on the right hand side of the rug. Ensure that the leg straps can be adjusted to a length that allows the width of one hand to be placed between the horse's leg and the strap.