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    12-27-2012, 12:23 AM

Would a 69" tough 1 blanket fit her? Would it be to big, or to small, or fit good?

She is a coming 2 year old and will grow, I have ordered a 69" blanket that will be here by friday, but will I have to wait a little before it will fit? I did try on a 78" and it was too big, so I sold it and thought I would try a 69"

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    12-27-2012, 12:36 AM
The way you can find out the right blanket size is to take a measuring tape, start in the middle of your horse's chest and go along the side all the way to the middle of his/her butt. This will tell you what size blanket your horse should wear.
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    12-27-2012, 01:04 AM
I did measure, it said she was 57" (i think) but I measured another horse, fully grown and much bigger and longer then her (the 78" was too small) and she measured 60" I did it the correct way and I don't know why it did not correctly measure her...
    12-27-2012, 01:12 AM
Last winter my (then) coming two year old gelding was a 72. 69 might be small I would think. I also like ordering a size up so I can try and use blankets/sheets/coolers more than one season haha.
    12-27-2012, 01:17 AM
If this blankey doesn't fit, I will sell it for what I paid, and get a few sizes up. It is hard to determine a blanket size for a horse when you haven't blanketed before, because you cannot bring your horse to the store with you to try it on! Lol
    12-27-2012, 01:21 AM
How to Measure for a Horse Blanket:

For best fit, stand horse squarely.
Measure from center of chest to edge of tail.
Take care to measure along the widest part of the shoulder and hindquarters.
The blanket measurement result is the blanket size.
If your measurement is in between sizes, round up to the next blanket size. Example: 73" = Size 74.

    12-27-2012, 01:24 AM
I will try that, but it is hard to get flat ground in the winter because of all the snow! That blanket will get here hopefully tomorrow, and I will see if it will fit.

The hardest part with her, is she is still growing, and I would like to get a blanket that will fit her for a few years, at least until she matures.
    12-27-2012, 01:27 AM
Who did you order from?
    12-27-2012, 01:33 AM
I ordered off of

They have some nice ones there, and they had lots of sizes, so I am going to order another, bigger size if it does not fit.
    12-27-2012, 01:43 AM
Originally Posted by Breezy2011    
I will try that, but it is hard to get flat ground in the winter because of all the snow! That blanket will get here hopefully tomorrow, and I will see if it will fit.

The hardest part with her, is she is still growing, and I would like to get a blanket that will fit her for a few years, at least until she matures.
She'll continue growing til she's 5 or 6 years old. My youngsters grow through several blankets, from weanling to 60 inches in the first year, from 60 inches to 66 or 68 by 2 years old. That's for my Arabs. My Quarter Horse went from a 72 as a yearling to a 78 as a 2 year old and he's still growing. My full grown mare wears an 84 and might could go an 86.... But she's a HEFFAH!

I'd try to get the horse either into a pen or stall and if you don't have help, what I do is go from center chest as far as I can reach, then use a finger to "pin" the tape at the reach point and make a mental note of where you are, like 40". Then I move back and put my hand that was holding the chest end on the 40" mark and hold it while I stretch my other hand back to the tail. I pinch the tape at the tail and bring it around and read it, it's usually fairly accurate, within an inch anyhow. Obviously, to have at least one other person makes everybody's life a whole lot easier!
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