Post by simplynaturalfarm on Nov 28, 2006 15:05:18 GMT -5
Well, this is an odd question for me to be asking, as I've never had a miniature horse or blanketed horses in years - I just did it when I had a thin coated Quarter Horse mare that couldn't handle the cold weather when I moved her. My horses were never worked much in winter and at the most sweated around the girth and under the saddle. My young sister and brother in law (11 and 12) have a miniature horse that I believe is 36 inches at the withers (I have to trust their measurements). They use him for hauling wood, pulling carts and such and he does a lot of sweating in the cold weather when they use him as he has a long winter coat. They throw a blanket over him and he pulls it off (just a normal human blanket with no straps), so I was going to make him one for Christmas as i've made them in the past, then saw that they are only $8-10 on ebay (plus shipping) and thought I might get them one for Christmas. But I don't have a clue if miniature horse blankets are one size fits all, if I need to sneakily get him measured or what. I've found some that say 34-36 inches, expandable from 28-40 inches and so on. Any blanket experts able to help me here?? I don't have a clue how to get him measured as the rest of the family are not horse savvy at all, but I will do my utmost if I need to. Also, if I need to measure him, could I get instructions on where to measure?? I always made my own for my horse so they custom fitted and I never purchased one before. Thanks Heather
For big horses, and I assume it would be the same with minis, you measure from the center of the chest, all the way down one side and around to the center of the butt. That's the size (in inches) that you want for a blanket. And if you can't find one the exact size, better to go one size larger.
For instance the large horse blankets run in even sizes 76, 78, 80 and so on. My TB mare is actually 79 so I got her an 80 and it fit just fine. Of course, I don't use blankets here because I don't want to squish down her winter coat, but at least I have it if I need it.
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