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post #1 of 8 Old 11-19-2010, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Blanket Straps

My riding instructor says that on a blanket, the back straps that go around the hind legs should be looped into each other between the legs. Whereas I think that they should just go around the leg and not be crossed over. I believe that crossing the straps is just disabling movement and comfort.
Please tell me what you think, I'm really not sure which way is correct or is both acceptable?
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-19-2010, 03:24 PM
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It depends on how the attachments are on the blanket. Some are so high you would not want to cross the straps.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-19-2010, 04:47 PM
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I always cross the straps and leave them a bit looser than normal. When they are crossed in the middle, it takes the pressure off the sensitive skin on the inside of their legs and prevents rubbing. I think the decision to cross the straps or not is mostly a personal preference though.

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post #4 of 8 Old 11-19-2010, 06:29 PM
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My barn attaches them to the side that they belong to, not crossing them like an 'x' together, but like an overlapping 'c' the straps are crossed. They like to do this because it can help keep the blanket more in place. I prefer them crossed as well because I think it would be more comfortable for the horse as it wouldnt rub their legs the same amount if they were left uncrossed.

The reason behind the straps is to prevent the blanket from coming out of place and possibly coming around the horses back to be on just one side, which could lead to injury.

Like many other things in the horse world, this is pretty much a personal preference, and lots of places will do it differently. No straps, uncrossed straps, or crossed straps. There isnt really a `right`or a ``wrong`.

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post #5 of 8 Old 11-19-2010, 07:51 PM
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Some people do X's, some just attach it to the same side. IMO there's not "right" answer. I attatch it to the same side, personally. Some, like my show sheets, that have attachments like this have to attached on the same side. With the "regular" type elastic straps though, it doesn't matter.

Haha.. and then of course there's the ones that go around the butt, like the Rambo blankets have.. I hate those! They just end up covered in poop. >___>
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-20-2010, 01:16 AM
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I don't cross mine. I attach them to the same side, but loop the straps through each other so that they're held away from the legs, preventing rubbing. I believe that the blanket won't twist asmuch either. will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. ... Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-20-2010, 08:29 AM
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I also attach my horses' leg straps to the same side, but twist them around each other so they're held away from the leg. Much less of a chance for them to rub than just crossing them, in my opinion.

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post #8 of 8 Old 11-22-2010, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, so they are looped together to prevent rubbing. Now I get it.
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