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    01-31-2011, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by natisha    
Hmm, just wondering. Is that the same horse we weren't getting for the horse you weren't trading?
Opps, I meant-same horse you weren't getting. (no edit button)
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    01-31-2011, 08:43 PM
So I told you I'd measure Lilly today. She's a 14.3 QH and came out to be 72", so I rounded to 74".
    01-31-2011, 08:54 PM
You'd be surprised at how "long" or "short" a horse can seem...And I really don't think that has anything to do with how "tall" a horse is...obviously a smaller horse will take a smaller blanket, but not necessarily as small as you would think.

My mom, for example has an arabian Gelding who is only about 14 hh...but he takes a 73-74 in blanket...while my mare, who is QH/Walker, takes just a size bigger at 75-76...and she is 15.3 hh!
    02-01-2011, 03:06 PM
My 14.2hh arab/quarter wears a 69/70" my 15hh stocky long backed appy wears a 74", but 76" would probably have been better(76" was out of stock) and my 16hh OTTB wears a 80" but probably could have gotten a 78" since the 80" is a tad big
    02-01-2011, 05:54 PM
I just had to measure the horse I'm going to lease. Not sure if anyone else mentioned it...but when you measure, you go from the middle of the chest around the largest part of the shoulder and straight back to the middle of their dock.

So yeah, height doesn't have anything to do with it. It's more about length and body composition.

    02-01-2011, 07:13 PM
When you order the blankets, read the reviews if there are any. Most people say how well they fit. Some brands run small, some big, some just right. My guy is between a 78 and 80, so I always go for the 80. An extra inch isn't going to hurt while too small with be too snug in the neck and shoulders.
    02-01-2011, 11:20 PM
Since it sounds like you already ordered, this probably won't help much.

Blankets are generally "typed" as European or Western/American style. European fit differently and run in 3in increments (ie: 75, 78, 81, etc) for this type of blanket you would measure from the front point of the shoulder to the middle of the tail or from the center of the chest to the point of the buttock depending on the manufacturer. For an American style blanket you measure from the center of the chest to either the center of the tail or the edge of the tail, again depending on the manufacturer.

Most of my horses are all roughly 15-15.3 hands and over 1100lbs, but I have blankets ranging from 76-82. A fatter horse is going to require a larger blanket than a thinner one, even if they are the same height and appear to be the same length. The belly of the fatter horse will bulk out the blanket on the sides causing him to possibly need a larger size.

That being said, MyBoyPuck is completely right about reviews and buying larger rather than smaller. I have some 3 season sheets that are marked 76, but measure closer to an 80 because they are made overseas and apparently the measurements/design doesn't transfer very well.

Putting a blanket on that is too small won't kill them for a day or two, but it can put severe pressure on their withers or shoulders and even cause nerve damage if left too long. Usually you just wind up with a lost patch of hair though. One that is WAY too big can slip and cause a wreck by tangling in the legs while still around the horse's neck.
    02-02-2011, 07:32 AM
Again, probably too late, but my QH/TWH is 15.2, and also a 75" (I ordered one of the Euro fit ones) and my Clyde cross is 16.2, but almost as he is an 84". However, you should probably get a full fit one for the draft. There really is a difference, the are wider and longer on the sides. I get the Riders brand at Dover and love them for him. The drafties are a bit a good way, of course.

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