Fitting a Horse Rug

Adjusting a horse blanket

Hints for adjusting horse blankets or sheets. A perfectly fitting blanket is important to keep your horse comfortable, protected and powerful. As the fuzzies begin to grow, it's time to consider your horse's winter care and wardrobe options. How to measure your horse to find a suitable horse blanket. Maintain your horses safely and comfortably with the right fit.

Guide to horse blanket fitting - Caribu Horse World

Remember that some carpets are heavy than others (such as mosquito screens or switch carpets) and that they exert more influence on the points of compression.

Usually the carpet size used is wrong, or the horse has characteristics that make it more prone to bruises (e.g. high withers, very thin body etc.). When a rug is too small, you will generally see friction markings on the shoulder when its too big you tends to grate more on the front box area while the rug glides back over the withers.

End of January to beginning of March - Out there, the horse grows with a fatter frosty fur, during which period a horse fur is more prone to friction. Finer jackets and are more prone to friction and may require a baby carpet to form an additional cushion.

You can' t choose why a particular carpet causes a problem with some of them. Exactly like humans, the same sized shirts fits 10 different humans in the same sized differently. The horse is no different and has its own different forms, characteristics and attitudes and motions. A good correspondence between horse and carpet sizes ensures that you will have no problem.

When your horse has chafing spots - usually there is something the size of carpet you have selected is not right or your horse has characteristics outside the "norm". Scratches can be due to a number of problems that are beyond our reasonable discretion. You know, some ponies need a baby to help.

In the example above, the beginning of a scuff marks on the shoulders of a carpet that is too large and has slipped behind the withers. On the picture below you can see what can occur in a few short working hours if the carpet is too big and slips over the area where it is pulled up in the breast area.

or carpets with a very low cleavage. It should be high at the collar, up to the withers at the bottom of the throat. In this way it is ensured that the carpet does not slide back behind the withers. This can be very good with squat-strung horses (e.g. fourth horse etc.), but causes all kinds of problems with those that are not very wide in the shoulder.

The carpet on top sits too far back behind the withers. The carpet on top slides back behind the withers and pulls higher onto the breast under the throat. As a result, chafing areas appear on the breast and shoulder. The carpet above shows the right shape, high above the cleavage and over the withers.

Horsedeck harnesses. The top and bottom belts should be on the same loop, preferably the first (tightest) or second loop. The carpet above is either too small, or it was not drawn far enough forward at the cleavage and over the horse. The carpet above is either too small, or it was not drawn far enough forward at the cleavage and over the horse.

The carpet is the right size in this case - but sits far too far back - it must be drawn forward well and lifted up so that the front edge of the horse deck overlaps sufficiently. Chest belts wound evenly.

Carpets often hung far too far above the back of the horse. Well, the point is they want to make sure the horse doesn't get fly-borne. Alas, going for a rug one size larger to get an extra length will give you a longer rug, but keep in mind that all the other measurements on the rug will be increasing as well.

All carpets have stomach belts. However, we see far too many carpets with a gusset that is poorly placed, usually too far forward or with inadequate deep. They are going to cause a whole new set of adjustment problems. With no gusset, exert much more compression on your breast and shoulder.

What should my horse blanket look like? We hope this page will give you some advice on how a carpet should suit your horse. Please also refer to our detailled guide on the size of your horse to find out how you can test your horse for our carpets and more information on the size of the Caribu carpet.

Adjusting a horse blanket - the basics: Place the carpet on the horse, the carpet should be in front and in front of the withers. Attach the upper breast strap to the first (tightest) or second eye. When using the third eye or more, the horse may need a bigger carpet area.

Carpet should fit tight around the cleavage and breast. Carpets that are too big for a horse have a tendency to cause more trouble by scrubbing etc. than carpets that are too small. When a carpet in the nape area is too large, the carpets slide back over the withers and exert a downward thrust on the breast.

Doing this will cause more tissue to sag over the back end of the horse and you will have issues with the slipages and the ponies that get trapped in the surcingles and step on their blankets when you get up or roll. For more information, please see our instructions for fitting the hood and mask. And we also know that horse blanket size is normal - but not the horse!

The carpets are conceived in such a way that they are suitable for most types of horse, most of the year. Just like humans, there will always be a horse with a shape that does not conform to the standard, and sometimes a custom-made carpet is the best choice. When you have an appropriate edition its usually because of having the incorrect sized rug for your horse rather than an edition with the rug itself.

A few problems that influence size decisions: A lot of carpets that have been import (including some major brands) have been specially made for the Aussie size and marketing. Every regions has different carpets (i.e. Europe is measuring from the withers to the tails along the upper edges of the carpet).

Sadly, the sizes do not match the sizes of Australia - so it is not uncommon to have one of these carpets, which can be almost a whole size - i.e. a carpet marked as 6'0, but if you take measurements, it can be nearer to 6'3 or even 5'9.

When your horse normally borders between the dimensions in a regular seasonal carpet, this can mean the differences between up and downsizing. Many young ponies have undeveloped trunks that can make them a real carpet hazard. In many cases, a darts in the shoulders can take up the sag and be removed when the horse is filling.

If you are not sure how big your horse is, we recommend that you put a cloth over your horse the first day you try on your new carpet to keep your own coat and mud off the carpet. Please click here to view our detailled scale chart. Prevent damages to your carpet or horse: Good matching between your horse and your new carpet will make sure you have few issues.

An ill-fitting carpet, because of the wrong size for your horse, accelerates the probable damages to a horse blanket. Blankets are usually destroyed by: If the thighs are too loose and the horse blanket slides, the horse can either kick through the thighs, or grab a foot on the belt - which causes the belt to be removed.

loose-belly surcingles that allow the horse to put his feet into a harness while walking or cycling. Each of the above problems is excessive when your horse is curling or curling. Please also check whether the articles you buy correspond to the type of horse surroundings in which you would like to use them.

In case you have doubts about the qualitiy or appropriateness of the horse and the surroundings in which you want to use it, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to make an appointment for a refund. If you are assembling the carpet or your work for the first reason, if you have doubts about its size, shape, quality or fitness for the job you intend to do - please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to make an appointment or send it back.

Before your horse gets soiled, get it off. When you are not sure whether a horse blanket fits or how to use a particular blanket, please do not hesitate to consult us before using the blanket. Predictable pets, there is always a danger of a horse removing carpets, canopies, mosquito nets, etc. from scratches, catching or other nonsense and then getting panicky when its eyesight is impaired.

If you use a hood or mask on your horse, you must consider the horse's temper, its position in relation to other animals, its surroundings and its general fitness for use. Car Caribu Horse Wear assumes no responsibility for losses, damages, injuries or fatalities or subsequent damages to persons or animals resulting from the use or abuse, improper installation or malfunction of any of our equipment.

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