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post #1 of 24 Old 10-02-2014, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Blanket sizes on your 16+ hand horses?

Each winter I have been holding off on buying blankets for our two young horses and just fitting them in various spares that I have here.

I am hoping that the 2.5 year old Thoroughbred is just "close enough" to her mature size to buy her a blanket that she will keep for life (ooooor until she kills it).

She is going to end up being roughly the same size as her sire and I cannot for the life of me remember what I used to blanket him. The largest size that we have here is a 78" so he must have fit. He was 16.2hh/1200 pounds.

The filly is 16hh now and a 78" gives her a little room to grow and fill out but not a ton. I've got to imagine she is about as long as she will get though.

Wondering, what everyone elses 16-17hh horses are wearing?

(I have measured her, just trying to predict what size she'll end up at, not so much what she currently needs)
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It also depends on who's blanket you are buying. Some are bang on, others not so. My qh is over 16hh and I took a chance on an 81. It's a tad big but ok. He meas. a little under 80. His rain sheet has the higher neck. The lower ones are inclined to bind at the withers.

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My horses averaged 80" - 82" blankets and sheets.
Horses were around 15.2 - 16.2 hands....
My friends 15.2 OTTB wears a 78" Weatherbeeta stable blanket.

Think as was mentioned much will depend upon manufacturer and of course the bone structure, muscle and fat on each horse...
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post #4 of 24 Old 10-02-2014, 12:34 PM
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Well, my 16hh beefy paint wears the same size my 17+hh TB wore. 84" WeatherBeeta. Not sure if they just size weird or what, cause I was very surprised.
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post #5 of 24 Old 10-02-2014, 12:43 PM
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My 16.1 standie who is built like a tank wears a 74 Supra rain sheet, 72 weathabeeta fitted cooler(thats a bit snug) a 72 weatherbeeta winter stable blanket that fits fabulous and a 78 storm shield winter blanket... so... its really hard to say. She measures as a 76. But the 74 rain sheet is almost a smidgen big if anything. The 78 is a bit big but it allows me to put a stable blanket under it on super cold days.

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The size will probably change as she fills out, too. When I got my horse he was a touch underweight and measured 69" but by the next year when he was at a good weight he went up to a 72". He was 7 when I got him, so not like he was still growing, either!

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I feel like I would be on track just getting her an 80" blanket.

She measures 77" right now. Her dam is swimming in her 78" blanket, but she is 15.3hh and petite. The fillies uncle who is 15.3hh wears a 78" and her aunt who is a 16hh TB also wears a 78".
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From the looks of the replies it looks like the correct answer is It Depends.....
Depends on the brand and style...Depends on the build of your horse. I would not think a 2.5 y.o. would wear the same size at maturity.
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You might have to be prepared to buy to fit now and sell when she grows because a 'too big' blanket could end up rubbing her and slipping around too much
I have a 16.2 that needs an 80 and a 16.1 that needs a 76!!
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post #10 of 24 Old 10-02-2014, 01:41 PM
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No idea what it is in American measurements but my 16.2hh IDx is in a 6'9, sorry that's probably no help at all!
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