How to Measure Your Horse for a Rug October 25 2015

It may seem obvious, but the first thing to do is to measure your horse.  Take a tape measure and measure from the chest to the buttocks – see photo.  The place on the chest to measure from is where you would expect the chest buckle to sit and finish measuring at the furthest rear point of the rump, where you would expect the rug to go to. Remember whether you have measured in feet and inches or metric – 66inches is not 6’6”   Measure both sides more than once, just to make sure!

A good idea when you have the tape measure out is to see where a 6’ rug would finish, likewise a 5’9” and a 6’3”.  This then would be an extra guide to checking which the correct size of rug is for your horse. You could also measure an old rug that fits – don’t just rely on the sizing guide as that may not be accurate.  Also, the old rug may have stretched or shrunk.  If the old rug is a turnout rug, then bear in mind that turnout rugs follow a slightly different fit/sizing.  To measure an existing rug, start from between the two chest straps at the front edge of the rug, go along the length of the rug, with the gusset closed to the rear edge of the rug.

Cm (back) 95 100 105 110 115 120 125 130 135 145 150 155 165
Inches (bottom) 48" 51" 54" 57" 60" 63" 66" 69" 72" 75" 78" 81" 84"
Feet & Inches (bottom) 4' 4'3" 4'6" 4'9" 5' 5'3" 5'6" 5'9" 6' 6'3" 6'6" 6'9" 7'
Hands ( horse size) 11.2 12.0 12.2 13.0 13.2 14.0 14.2 15.0 15.2 16.0 16.2 17.0 17.