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  • My horse measures 72" how big of a turn out blanket does he need
  • Can a horse wear a blanket that is too big

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    10-19-2012, 05:43 PM
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Foal
Will this Blanket be too big?

I measured Cheyenne today for a blanket. I measured from the center of her chest around to the center of her tail and got 66 inches. The blanket I was looking at getting is 69 inches though. Do you think that will be too big? I was told to add two inches on because blankets shrink when you wash them, but I'm not sure if 3 inches is too much. Also, will a 200 gram fiberfill insulation work from 32*F to 0*F? Or would a 300 gram fiberfill be better?
     
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    10-19-2012, 07:22 PM
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Foal
Anyone?
     
    10-19-2012, 08:07 PM
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Yearling
I would not go that big. I did this once. Mare measured 66" and I bought a 68" cause I liked it better and she ended up in a bad tangled mess. She wasn't hurt but the blanket was mutilated. The straps wouldn't go snug enough to fit her properly.
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    10-19-2012, 08:09 PM
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Yearling
Also 200 gram is pretty darn warm to a horse. 300 gram can be too much and cause a lot of heavy sweating.
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    10-19-2012, 08:20 PM
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CCH
Weanling
Blankets that come in 3in increments (ex 69, 72, 75) are euro sized and many of them are measured from the center of the chest to the point of the buttock. One of my horses wears a 78 "west cost cut" blanket and a 78 "euro cut" is far too large for him. You might want to double check with the manufacturer to see if the blanket you're looking at runs true to size as well as their recommended measuring type.

66 is quite small. Is this a growing horse or a large pony?

As far as weight of the blanket, that is personal preference based on your situation, environment, and horse. Mine are outside right now with a 500g blanket and it is 42 degrees. I might even consider them a little chilly now because the hair has lofted under the blanket. I use a layering system, so each horse has several different blankets that I can use in many combinations depending on the weather.
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    10-19-2012, 11:16 PM
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Green Broke
Um are you calling my horse small? She measures a 67 and her blankets are a 72. All sites I have read say that if your horse measures the exact size to go up one. So a measured 66 would be a 69. 200 fill is a medium weight blanket. My horse oy gets that if its above 20 degrees.

Cch where do you find a 500g blanket? The heaviest I've seen is 360-400.
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    10-20-2012, 10:46 AM
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Weanling
My horse measures 72, but takes a 76. He has a very long, sloped shoulder and doesn't fit in a 74. I think it all depends on the confirmation of your horse as to whether the blanket will fit or not. See if you can try it on before buying it.
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    10-20-2012, 11:51 AM
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Green Broke
My horse measures 66 (guess I too have a tiny horse..... no he's not a pony OR growing!).

He fits in most 66-69 blankets. I prefer a 68 but those can be hard to find.

My horse would be a melted puddle in a 500g blanket! Unless it's snowing, sleeting or raining, he stays naked until 32. Snow/sleet/rain gets his sheet, below 32 it's a 200g blanket. I have a 400g blanket but he's never gotten cold enough to wear it, even at 10 below zero.
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    10-22-2012, 01:51 PM
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Foal
Thanks guys! I haven't had a computer all weekend, so I'm just reading this now. She's just a small horse. However, My friends horse is smaller than her and wears a 70 inch blanket. I may have been off on my measurements. I ended up ordering a 72, if it doesn't fit I'll have to send it back and get the smaller size.

Delfina, those were the temperatures I was going to blanket her at, so I'm glad it works out well for you.
     
    10-22-2012, 02:15 PM
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Foal
Horses never seem to be what they measure.

My horse measured 78" ... I tried the Shedrow brand on him initially and even a 74" (maybe it was a 76"... don't remember) was too big for him in the neck/shoulder area. He does however fit perfectly into a 75" Bucas or 75" Weatherbeeta.

I find certain brands fit some builds better then others after my many trips to the tack shop. Not sure what build Shedrow was intended to fit because everyone I talked to has had issues with fitting those types but it did not suit my horses confirmation at all.

Just place a thin clean sheet on him before you try the blanket on him to keep it clean incase you do need to return it. Most places are pretty good about returns if the blanket doesn't fit.
     

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