When trying a new blanket for size, we recommend placing a thin, clean stable sheet on your horse first to keep the new blanket as clean as possible.
Place the blanket on your horse and fasten all front closures. Gently slide the blanket back so it rests comfortably at the shoulder and chest. Fasten the surcingles or belly band and make adjustments to secure it in place. Surcingles should fit loosely on the horse’s stomach with approximately four fingers width between belly and straps.
Whether you choose to cross the leg straps or not, be sure they are adjusted properly. Leg straps should be snug enough so that they do not leave enough room for a horse to hook a shoe or foot during play or while rolling; yet not so snug that the straps rub or irritate the horse.