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    01-31-2011, 01:54 AM
Horse blanket sizes?

I'm about to order blankets for my horses but I want to make sure I get the right sizes. I measured them both 3 times each and was within an inch or so each time, so I think my measurements are right, but they don't sound right. Here's what I got:

For my 16.1hh, 1600 pound Percheron I got 88".

For my 14.1-14.2hh, 800 pound quarter horse I got 70".

Does this sound right? My percheron is literally twice the size of my quarter horse. It seems to me like there would be a bigger difference in their blanket sizes.
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    01-31-2011, 02:09 AM
I don't know much about blanket sizing (I actually have to measure my QH for hers but keep forgetting to take my tape to the barn!), but that sounds pretty normal to me. When you say he's twice the size of your QH, are you referring to height, length, or width? Because it's important to remember that length is the most important factor. I've heard of lots of people having horses with surprisingly different blanket sizes even though they're the same breed! It all depends on their build; how stocky or lanky your horse is.... I hope what I'm saying is making sense :) FYI... my QH is 14.3.. I'll let you know what she measures. When my BO took a look at her, she estimated a 78" blanket size. Seeee? ;)
    01-31-2011, 02:35 AM
Green Broke
Blanket sizing just depends on how long your horse is. My 15hh QH is a 76 but could easily wear a 78, she's more of a 77. My 14.2hh Morgan wears a 66! He certainly doesn't *look* that much smaller than my QH and I was convinced my trainer must have measured him wrong. Nope, blanket arrived and fit perfectly.
    01-31-2011, 12:03 PM
Blankets are sized in 2 inch increments, so your measurements do sound like their correct. The difference between a 70" and 88" blanket is quite a bit. To be certain the blankets fit your horses go ahead and order the next larger size, hence, order your QH a 72" blanket and your Percheron order a 90" blanket. We had a Grade Stock-type built mare that we measured at 70" and my QH mare who was a bit taller and more stocky built measured at 74". We bought a 72" for the Grade mare and a 76" for my mare. The blankets come with adjustable straps that make for more precise fitting. Far better a blanket be a tad-bit to large than even a tad-bit to small. Also, you may already be aware of this, but blankets come with either a closed or open front. The closed front has to be put over the horse's head then over the back where an open front has straps and buckles in the front so the blanket can be put over the horse's back then buckled in place at the front.
    01-31-2011, 12:18 PM
I know I just mesured my QH who is 14.2 and I got 70" for her blanket size
    01-31-2011, 12:28 PM
Thanks for the replies, guys. I rounded up on the measuring, so the blankets should fit. I'm a little worried about the one for my Percheron being too small since I had to order an 86" blanket for her, but I did estimate high when I was measuring so it should work.

They won't be wearing them very often anyway, I just had to order them for this random cold snap we're getting here in south Texas. It's supposed to get up to 80 today then down to 20 tomorrow with a high in the 40's.
    01-31-2011, 12:35 PM
Yikes I know were getting a blizzard on wenesday up here in wisconsin up to 5 feet of snow drifting on the roads there guessing its going to be crazy.
    01-31-2011, 12:38 PM
Originally Posted by mistygirl    
yikes I know were getting a blizzard on wenesday up here in wisconsin up to 5 feet of snow drifting on the roads there guessing its going to be crazy.
That is crazy. How do you do it? How do your horses handle the cold? Are they in stalls? Do you blanket them?
    01-31-2011, 01:01 PM
XilikeggsO, yup you should be fine on your sizing by rounding up to the next larger size for each of your horses.

Here in middle USA starting this pm we're looking at a Winter Storm Warning with ice accumulation, snow upto 12" or more, blowing snow with "white out" conditions and below zero temps for low temps and wind chills during the day in the negative temps. ACCKK!!
    01-31-2011, 04:04 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by mistygirl    
i know I just mesured my QH who is 14.2 and I got 70" for her blanket size
Hmm, just wondering. Is that the same horse we weren't getting for the horse you weren't trading?

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