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post #1 of 4 Old 10-08-2018, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Question Stable Blanket Fit

Back again! Wanting to see how others think these stable blankets fit. From Big Dee's, Highland Midweight Stable Blankets size 80. I feel like they fit pretty well, but want to make sure they aren't too small. The surcingles are basically let out as far as they can go and are not elastic, but can still fit my hand in between. The side drape is much shorter than their turnouts, is that the norm for stable blankets? Trying to put a few pounds on first horse before winter, if that makes a difference in needing to go up a size. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-08-2018, 03:43 PM
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My eye sees the length as correct. Maybe because my blankets tend to fit a bit looser, you might want a more space around the shoulders? It will cut into the jugular when the horse bends down.
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The blanket is a way over his tail which is going to make it harder for him to lift it to poop.
If the surcingles are already as loose as they can be then they're going to be too tights when he gains weight
The depth doesn't look too bad
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Well, left this a few days to see if anyone else would comment...

So, I notice your front closure looks to be as snug as possible based upon the tail length shown of the closure buckle strap...loosen it 1 or 2 holes and see if you like how it then fits the neck...
I just read the reviews of previous purchasers and several made comment about a skimpy front chest exposure and shorter sides...
The back length is a bit long.
Side drop covers but leaves nothing extra and will be shorter as the horse rounds when gaining weight.
Surcingles to me are the deal breaker...fully extended and sounding snug you either need to add a piece of elastic for give, replace the strap or replace the blanket..

Every manufacturer of blankets has their own patterns they cut from...some are more generous than others in sizing and some not necessarily skimpier but made to fit a sleeker built horse.
Some people like a tighter neck opening appearance, some like a looser...both come with plus & minuses.
In this case, based on this is a 80, I would say you need a 78" in a different cut for the back but then nothing else will fit.
I'm not sure I would keep it with the strap surcingle already extended and snug...

Personally, I like either Weatherbeeta blankets or Schneider blankets where I can pick from several different cut styles to compliment my horses build and frame.
Weatherbeeta blankets have longer drop sides than many and for me that is a must as my horses are large barreled.
I find Schneider blankets to be much the same...
What I look for though is elastic surcingles or elastic as part of the surcingle closure so there is some give on those straps.
Velcro front flap closure and then buckles to double secure keeps drafts out.

I also happen to have a blanket near identical to this one just a solid color... https://www.jefferspet.com/products/...urnout-blanket
1200 denier.
Medium weight warmth factor is all I need.
Long drop, large shoulder gusset, great tail flap that really covers & keeps the drafts out...
Leg and belly surcingles, was sent elastic and nylon straps so could pick and choose my preference..they all have surcingle closure ends.
Very adjustable heavy Velcro front overlay flap to do every time, the outer buckle opening once adjusted just do the trigger clips no more buckling..
A little bit closer neck opening than my Weatherbeeta for my OTTB who is more refined and not so bulky a build.
My horse{s} is a solid 15.3 -16.0 hands and I bought 81 and like the fit... my blankets are T/O style though so that may make a difference too.
I find t/o blankets are usually cut larger to cover more when outside in inclement weather.

Also consider closed fronts where you slip the blanket over the head, or a belly band closure as it gives great coverage and a lot of adjustment room with that design.

Based on the reviews and what your picture looks like...think I might try again a different style/cut or manufacturer.
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