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post #1 of 6 Old 11-07-2013, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Blankets fitting help :S

Honestly I have no clue if my girls blanket are fitting right, last winter Nova got rub markers on the inside of her hocks so I removed the blanket. I tried to get some pictures quick before my crap-pod died on me and their not the best but hopefully you can give me a little advice.

This is Rains, seems the smallest but I also have it cinched down at the moment, just put it on today hoping to get some replies so I can adjust it before I have to leave or I'll just take it off. Do I need to let it out more in the front or will it just slip back alittle and look tight again?



Nova's is the oldest blanket I have and it getting worn as you can see on the rear. Her's seems to look the most normal to me.



And now for the worst lol, this is Hailey's Hand me down blanket and it is SHREDDED but it is more for getting her used to wearing one before I get her a nicer one, she's had a small saddle on but the blanket scared her alittle when she moved to I wanna make sure the straps aren't too loose nor too tight to restrict rub or get caught up on her legs. It looks a little large but rigid enough not to droop down.


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post #2 of 6 Old 11-07-2013, 03:26 PM
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The first blanket looks very tight around the chest and shoulders - I'd be amazed if it didn't rub. I think its probably making marks on the inside of the hocks because its so long the leg straps are having to be pulled at a bad angle to fasten - do you interloop them? That does help keep them away from the legs
I think you probably should invest an a new blanket if you can
I wont comment on the second as you're only using it for training
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The first looks too big. It's too long and I don't know how she didn't rub marks on her shoulder. It looks like it's sitting on top of her shoulder rather than just on front of it. The leg straps are too tight along with the blanket being too long, so the back of the blanket gets pulled in between her legs. With it being so right in the front, the rubbing problem is made worse when the horse moves and the legs/shoulders pull the blanket forward.

The second one is also too long, but fits better in the shoulder and the chest than the first one. Same thing is happening with the back legs, though, with the blanket being too long and the straps too tight. Same thing happens here with the blanket being pulled forward as the horse moves.

The third, I think, seems to fit the best of the three, even though it's for training. It's certainly too long and is loose in the shoulder, but it's not being pulled in between her hinds legs and it's not restricting movement in the front like the first two are to those horses. It's a tad too low, but not leg-tangling low if the horse lies down.

I advise getting blanket with shoulder gussets for all three that are the correct fit and length. There are many affordable options out there that will fit these houses well on just about any budget. I even have some blankets for sale if you're interested. With what they have, you'll have more rub problems and tightening these will make no difference.
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-07-2013, 04:24 PM
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Horse Blankets and Fly Sheets from Schneider's Saddlery

They have video and written instructions on how to fit blankets. AND they have some great blankets for reasonable prices. NONE of those 3 blankets fits worth a darn.

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-07-2013, 06:35 PM
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All the blankets are too big. While the first two seem too tight on the chest it's because the neck hole is too big and it's sliding back. Too big means too much movement, which means rubbing.

In addition, most of those blankets don't seem to fit well besides the sizing. They don't look like they're made for outdoor use and they don't sit or secure very well. They look like the kind of blankets used for stables, or after riding, when the horse isn't moving around.

I look for a few different things in a rug. If I'm buying a canvas I want a stiff top seam that shapes the rug, and a small neck hole so that the rug sits over and in front of the shoulders. Must have cross over leg straps, many canvas ones just use a single surcingle though.

If I'm buying synthetic I don't care about the top seam, but the neck hole still must be small and cut forward which is where most synthetics fail. Must have cross over surcingles and leg straps, as well as should gussets. If your horse is between two sizes in a synthetic it's often best to go for the smaller size, but it should have shoulder gussets.

Often, if you're buying cheap synthetics, combos fit better because of their different neck line.

I'm of the opinion that usually no rug is better than a poorly fitting one. However, these days rugs are pretty cheap. I'll buy my synthetic rugs off ebay and they fit better, hold up better and just are better than the ones in saddlery 3x their price.

If you're going to continue using those rugs you'll want to tighten the front if possible, and pull the rug more forward.
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Blankets can also have belly bands add well as cross surcingles.
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