Having a horse is a great thing — it really is. While this may be the case, learning how to measure a horse for a blanket is not always an easy task. To be blunt, it’s actually one of the harder ones since they’re just such big animals. So if you’re new to owning a horse, or if you’re wondering if there is a better way, you’re in the right place.
Today, we’ll be breaking down some tips and tricks that will help you learn how to measure your horse for a blanket.
It’s actually a lot easier than it seems as long as you do it right. So let’s dive right in, and take a quick look at how to get the job done right step by step.
The first step is going to be the easiest one. We’re telling you this now, because we don’t want you to be shocked as we work our way through the steps. So, let’s have a look at how to get started.
Find a level and sturdy area
If you want to get an accurate measurement, the first thing you need to do is find a level and steady area. This can be a barn with a concrete floor, or any area that the horse can’t sink its hooves into the ground.
Now, once you have your horse in the designated location, be sure to make sure that they’re squared. To do so, just make sure that their stance is symmetrical. Once you have this part down pat, it’s time to move on to step 2.
Now that you’ve seen the easy part, let’s get right into the measuring process. Before we get started, we would definitely recommend grabbing a second pair of hands. Keeping everything still can be a bit of a hassle on your own. If you can’t find a second pair of hands, don’t panic, because it can still be done. It’s just going to take some patience.
What do I need?
In order to get a measurement you’re obviously going to need a measuring tool. For this part, we would recommend starting with a long piece of string. You’ll see why in a moment.
Now, once you have the string, you’ll want to hold a piece out on your horse’s chest. Then, grab the string and walk backwards towards the tail of your horse. Once you get to their backside, place the string down right before the tail.
If you’ve made it this far, you’re in luck, because step 3 is the final step. Let’s wrap this up for you, so you can try this out in a moment.
What do I need?
For step 3 the best tool you can use a tape measure. If you don’t have one, you can always use a ruler and mark as you go, but we would definitely recommend going with a tape measure since it will make things much easier.
Once you have your tool, simply line it up against the string that you laid out. The measurement that you get will be the size of the blanket that you need.
Now, if you notice that they don’t have your horse’s size do to an odd number measurement, be sure to always round up to the bigger size.
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If you thought that this was going to be difficult, we hope we’ve shown you just how easy this process can be. It may seem intimidating at first, but with a little bit of patience you should have no issues.
Also, if you’re confused or unable to get a proper measurement, most horse blankets tend to be between 70 and 80 inches. So if you have to, be sure to look at your options.
If you’re worried that the blanket that you’ve ordered is too big, don’t worry, because a great blanket for horses tend to be the ones that are a little bigger. Who doesn’t love some extra blanket, right?
Now that you know how to measure a horse for a blanket, we hope that you can finally get your horse the blanket they deserve. Thank you for your time.