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How to Fit a Horse Blanket

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Colder weather is right around the corner which means it’s time to keep your horses warm! Whether you're a seasoned equestrian or a newbie to the horse world, ensuring your horse's comfort is a top priority. One essential piece of equipment in your horse's wardrobe is a blanket. Blankets come in different sizes, thicknesses, materials, colors, and patterns. At JAX Farm & Ranch, we’re here to help you find the perfect fit for your horse to ensure they stay cozy in winter and for years to come!


Step 1: Measure Your Horse

The first step in getting the perfect fit for your horse's blanket is to measure your horse. Getting the right measurement will ensure you get the right fit for your horse's blanket.


Grab a flexible tape measure and take the following measurements:


  1. Length from the point of chest to point of hind (croup).

  2. The width from the top of the withers along the top line.

  3. The circumference of your horse's chest, just behind the front legs.


Step 2: Choose the Right Blanket Size

Now that you have your measurements, you’ll want to keep those handy when choosing your horse blanket. Different brands have slightly different sizing, so it's essential to check their measurement guidelines to find the closest fit for your horse. The staff JAX Farm & Ranch can help you compare your measurements with the different brands and styles.


Step 3: Adjust the Straps

When you have the right size blanket, it's time to put it on your horse and adjust the straps for a perfect fit. Start by fastening the front straps. These should be snug but not too tight, allowing room for your horse to move its shoulders comfortably. Make sure the chest closure sits at the base of the neck, not too high or too low.


Step 4: Secure the Leg Straps

Checking and adjusting the belly band is next. Depending on the blanket, you may have a different setup for the belly band. You may also have preferences for the way the belly band sits, crisscross, or parallel. A good starting place, that may be obvious, is to keep the belly band close to their bellies. Don’t go too tight (their belly expands, and contracts depending on the activities), and don’t go too loose either (your horse may get a leg caught in them).

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Woman adjusting horse blanket

The next and final step for adjusting and checking your straps is your hind leg straps. These also vary from blanket to blanket. You will see more of a difference on fly sheets than you would on a winter blanket, though they still exist. Most hind leg straps have two straps on each side, sewn close to their flank. You can do two different things with these straps. The first, also the most recommended option, is crisscrossing those straps. Taking your left side, take the strap in front of the left hind hip and weave and clasp it behind the right hind hip. The same goes for the other side. You can also strap these to be parallel to each other. Make sure that the straps are well adjusted so that your horse does not get their leg caught in the strap. One other strap to look for is a rope that lies on the croup side of the blanket. These are often found on coolers, fly sheets, and light winter blankets. This strap is simple, just tie it in a slip knot under your horse’s tail.


Step 5: Check the Fit

Stand back and take a good look at your horse in its new blanket. It should fit smoothly along the shoulders and back without any wrinkles or sagging. There should be enough room at the withers to prevent any rubbing or discomfort.


Step 6: Adjust Regularly

Blankets can shift and slip over time, so it's important to check the fit regularly, especially during the colder months. Make routine adjustments to maintain a snug and comfortable fit for your horse!


Fitting a horse blanket correctly is essential for your horse's well-being, especially in varying weather conditions. By taking the time to measure, choose the right size, and adjust the straps properly, you'll ensure that your horse stays warm and comfortable throughout the season. 


JAX is your local destination for all the equipment, clothing, and footwear for the farm.


Shop locally at JAX Farm & Ranch for a selection of horse blankets and ask our experts for a recommendation like the Professional Choice 1200 Winter Blanket. Visit our store locations to find a store near you today. 


JAX is your go-to feed headquarters and has heated animal equipment for winter weather. JAX has farm store locations in Broomfield, Cheyenne, Fort Collins, Lafayette, and Loveland.


Remember, a happy horse makes for a happy rider!

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