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    02-08-2012, 03:31 PM

In a rush to buy the 2 horses I've started to part loan new rugs I ended up buying the same size rugs for both horses. One horse however is smaller than the other so his rug is a size too big. One horse whos new rug fits ok has 2 worn out rugs and the other horse has one other rug that still has some life left in it. My question is should I give the bigger horse the others new rug so she has 2 good ones and buy another smaller rug for the smaller horse that still has a useable rug OR buy him two rugs so they both have 2 new rugs each?? I also bought them fleeces to wear in the stable as I could layer them depending on the weather or should I of bought them proper stable rugs?? I feel I've made some bad decisions so just wanted reasurrance that I've not made a total hash of it.
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    02-08-2012, 08:09 PM
It's important to measure your horse before purchasing rugs. Ill-fitting blankets can cause discomfort and/or injuries. To measure a horse for a blanket, you measure from the center of their chest to the curve of their buttock.

As for your question, I think that you should make sure that the rugs that fit your larger horse are of the proper size and fit. If they are, then it's fine to keep the rug for your horse. You should buy the smaller horse a properly fitting rug, as well.

I'd recommend doing more research to find out what kind of blanket you need and how the layering systems work.

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask! :)

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