The European cut is the most common style in turnout blanket designs. These blankets generally do not have a center seam; therefore, they do not follow the contour of the horse’s back. The neck line may be slightly higher than American horse clothing, making the opening of the neck narrower.
In addition, darts are not used and therefore, blankets are not generally ‘fitted’ to the horse’s rump. Overall, this design provides a drape-like effect for a more generous fit. This often allows for better coverage and protection against nature’s elements. Most European cut blankets and sheets are sized in 3″ increments. Turnout blanket manufacturers like Weatherbeeta and Horseware Ireland favor the European cut.