Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
My barn attaches them to the side that they belong to, not crossing them like an 'x' together, but like an overlapping 'c'....so 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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