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    06-09-2013, 11:31 AM
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I'm not real sure what is going on, but I'm probably lucky nothing serious has happened.

I am currently riding a Thoroughbred mare named Sassy, I live in upper Minnesota so it gets a little chilly in the winter. Her owner had bought a blanket for her at an auction and ended up being her size. In the fall she had lost a ton of weight because he had her over at another person's place and they were to lazy to walk outside and grain her plus she was not comfortable over there, always sad and never got worked with. So she lost a TON of weight. I got her back coming into winter and we had a tough winter so I put the blanket on her to help her. She doesn't grow a massive bear coat. But her blanket would ALWAYS slide to the side, this one had leg straps, and a girth strap. I tried adjusting the straps different ways and it still slid.

For showing, I bought her a cotton sheet. I used it for the first time last night. I put her in in the stall over night and came this morning and the blanket had slid sideways a ton again! This one only had belly straps.

I remember putting another sheet/blanket on her some other time and it slid also.

Any ideas why this is happeneing with every blanket?
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    06-09-2013, 04:07 PM
They don't fit. A well fitted blanket wont slide or rub (99% of the time, sensitive skin can mean rubs even with a fitted blanket, but not sliding). If it's just a little loose and she rubs or fusses with it, it will slide. IMO you should measure her again and make sure her blankets are snug, but not tight. An ill fitting blanket can do some damage, I had my boy in one while I was waiting for mine to come in and a couple times I came out and he had it over his head. I can only imagine what sort of mess he'd get into if he wasn't calm enough to just stand and patiently wait for someone to come out in the morning.
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    06-09-2013, 04:10 PM
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Do you have pictures of the horse wearing the blanket? My guess would be they are all too big and/or the wrong style for her body shape. It is amazing how many horses I see that have blankets that are too big and I work at two different barns. You need to measure from the point of chest to the point of buttock. Also you need to make sure you are using the proper type of blanket for turnout.

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    06-09-2013, 11:17 PM
This is a picture of her in her cotton sheet.
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    06-10-2013, 01:25 AM
It looks too big for her, loose / long at the back, and I suspect too loose around the shoulder as well.
    06-10-2013, 09:43 AM
Green Broke
Too big. And the straps way to loose. You should only be able to fit a hand, placed flat, under the straps.

Please do measure her correctly and also read reviews on the blankets before you buy. Some brands run big and some run small and some true to size. Saxon runs true to size and I find weatherbeeta runs just a tad bigger. Amigo's run true to size as well.
    06-11-2013, 11:37 PM
Thanks! I had someone help me measure her who is experienced with blankets and they said she was 80", when I read the comments a lot of the comments said it was built best for thoroughbreds.
    06-12-2013, 12:07 AM
Green Broke
That blanket is too big. See how it's saggy in the butt? The tail flap should start at the top of the dock, not hang below it.
    06-12-2013, 12:50 PM
This is my boys best fitting rug, finding one that fits him wells is very hard, this one is a tad long but doesn't slipped unless he is doing some major rolling.


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