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Horse Rugs

The history of the horse rug can be traced back to Native American culture, when rugs were first hand-woven to protect horses against the harsh winter elements. Whilst the need for this is unchanged and blankets are still used to this effect, there is far more that the modern horse rug has to offer. As well as keeping horses warm, horse rugs can be used to cool a horse safely after exercise, protect from flies, keep hair short, clean, and prevent it from bleaching. A horse rug will only serve its purpose if it is fitted properly. For helpful suggestions on measuring your horse, continue to scroll down this page.

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  1. With a tape measure, begin at the point where the neck meets the centre of the chest, and measure the length to the hindmost part of the quarters (10-12 inches below the base of the tail).
  2. Ensure accuracy with careful measurements, keeping the tape level and taught, taking numerous recordings if necessary.
  3. Allow an extra 3" for Turnout Rugs, especially those with a neck cover.

Size Guide for Horse Rugs

Rug Size
Feet & Inches
Measurement
in Inches:
Measurement
in Cms:
EU Back Seam
in Cms (approx)
Fits Approximately
Hands
3’0’’ 36’’ 91cm 60cm Under 10hh/Foal
3’3’’ 39’’ 99cm 65cm Under 10hh/Foal
3’6’’ 42’’ 107cm 70cm Under 10hh/Foal
3’9’’ 45’’ 114cm 75cm Under 10hh/Foal
4’0’’ 48’’ 122cm 80cm 10.0hh - 10.2hh
4’3’’ 51’’ 130cm 85cm 10.2hh - 11.0hh
4’6’’ 54’’ 137cm 90cm 11.0hh - 11.2hh
4’9’’ 57’’ 145cm 95cm 11.2hh - 12.2hh
5’0’’ 60’’ 152cm 105cm 12.2hh - 13.2hh
5’3’’ 63’’ 160cm 110cm 13.2hh - 14.0hh
5’6’’ 66’’ 168cm 115cm 14.0hh - 14.2hh
5’9’’ 69’’ 175cm 125cm 14.2hh - 15.2hh
6’0’’ 72’’ 183cm 135cm 15.2hh - 16.0hh
6’3’’ 75’’ 191cm 140cm 16.0hh - 16.2hh
6’6’’ 78’’ 198cm 145cm 16.2hh - 16.3hh
6’9’’ 81’’ 206cm 155cm 16.3hh - 17.0hh
7’0’’ 84’’ 213cm 160cm 17.0hh - 17.2hh
7’3’’ 87’’ 221cm 165cm 17.2hh - 18.0hh
7’6’’ 90’’ 229cm 175cm 18.0hh plus

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