Properly fitting a pony or horse blanket is extremely important to prevent shoulder and wither rubs as well as any injuries that could possibly result from an ill-fitting blanket.
- To check the length, stand behind the horse and gently bring the two ends toward one another against the horse’s rump… be cautious not to pull the blanket out of place as you do this. If the ends meet on the horse’s tail, then the blanket is too large. If you cannot bring them together at all or if you can see more than two to three inches of the horse’s rump on either side of the tail, then the blanket is too small.
- To check the blanket fit on the front of your horse, it is best to watch the horse walk. As he moves forward, observe the shoulders. If the blanket fabric pulls tightly against the shoulder to the point of possibly impeding freedom of movement, then it is too snug. If the blanket drops very low at the shoulder or chest, then the neck opening and/or blanket is too large.
- When checking the drop of the blanket, note that most turnout blankets will have a longer drop to ensure ample coverage and protection from the elements. The blanket drop should be proportionate to the length and overall fit. In general, the drop should cover the belly but should not go more than halfway to the horse’s knees and hocks.