How to Measure a Horse for a Rug

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How to Measure a Horse for a Rug

Humans and horses have unique bond. There is evidence of horses being ridden as early as 4500 BC. Clydesdales were often used for agriculture. They were used to haul coal from mines to houses in order to heat the home. The Paso Fino was also a working horse. It was used in more moderate climates like Puerto Rico and Colombia. Horseback riding was a common mode of transportation long before saddles became popular. The purpose of a horse rug is to keep your horse as warm, fit, and comfortable as possible. Rugs are also needed by horses for protection. A variety of horse rugs can be purchased from online marketplaces like eBay.

The History of the Saddle

There is evidence of horses being ridden as early as 4500 BC. Clydesdales were often used for agriculture. They were used to haul coal from mines to houses in order to heat the home. The Paso Fino was also a working horse. It was used in more moderate climates like Puerto Rico and Colombia. Horses and other animals in colder parts of the world were brought into stables and other shelters so that they would stay warm. Horseback riding was a common mode of transportation long before cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other forms of modern transportation were invented. The first saddles were designed as straps that were simply used for decoration. These decorative straps were considered to be a sign of wealth and prosperity. Accessories, such as rugs, that are designed specifically for horses are nothing new.

Preparing to Measure a Horse for a Rug

It's essential to prepare in order to get the proper measurement for your horse's rug. A preparation checklist follows.
1. Horse: To get the proper measurement of the horse's girth you'll need to have your horse ready and available.
2. Assistant: You will need someone else to help you keep the horse steady while you are taking the measurement of the saddle.
3. Tools: You will need a measuring tape, a pen, and pad to write down the measurement of the saddle. If you will be using the alternative method for measuring a horse for a rug, then you will also need to add a long rope to the list.

How to Measure a Horse for a Rug

Measuring a horse for a rug can be a fun and simple activity. It would be a shame to spend money on a rug that is too small for your animal. Proper measurements will give you a good idea of what will be comfortable for your horse. Here are the steps that you need to take in order to measure your horse for a rug:

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The first thing that you have to do is to make sure that all the materials that are needed for the proper measurement of your horse are available.

2

Tie your Horse to a tree or get someone to help you steady your horse. Ensure that the place where you are holding your horse is a smooth and flat ground. Also ensure that your horse is facing the left while you are taking the measurement.

3

When your horse is steady, use measuring tape or a string and to measure your horse from the centre of its chest to the point of its tail. Make sure that this measurement is done horizontally.

4

You should also measure your horse vertically simply by measuring your horse from the neck down to the shoulder of the horse.

5

Measure the distance of your horse's neck from one end to another so that you'll know how big the opening of the horse rug should be.

6

If you are making use of a string for your measurement, place the string on a measuring tape in order to ascertain the size of your rug by inches.

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At this step you will then need to shop for a horse rug.

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If the size of your horse is in between two horse rug sizes, it is better that you buy the horse rug bigger in size.

Horse Rug Cleaning

Synthetic blends and polyester horse rugs are usually easier to clean than leather ones. They can take harsher treatment, and a dry brush can be used to remove all the hair, dirt, sweat, or anything else that is on the horse rug. Once this is done, you can scrub the horse rug all over. Rinse the entire horse rug, but if it is rawhide then do not soak it.

Horse rugs in need of conditioning only require the treatment a few times a year. Never apply conditioning oil or cream to a dirty saddle. Apply your oil-based conditioner with a soft rag. Only apply a minimal amount to the grains. Too much oil can weaken a rawhide horse rug and attract dirt. Wipe off all of the excess oil. When applied properly, conditioning oil will help you preserve your horse rug and make it look like new.

Some Factors to Consider

Here are some to consider as you shop for a rug that is suitable for your horse.
1. You have to consider the size of your horse before you can choose or buy a particular kind of rug. Getting the size of your horse is simple with a basic measurement.
2. Another factor that you have to consider is the warmth of the rug that you want to buy for your horse. Different rugs are suited for different weather conditions or temperatures.
3. Your budget should also be considered when you are buying any kind of rug for your horse.
4. The material or texture of the horse rug should also be considered. Take into consideration the horse rugs that are made from materials that will last for a long time rather than buying horse rugs made from materials that will not last.
5. You should consider how the horse rug will be cleaned.
6. The way that you will use the horse rug should also be put into consideration before you choose to buy one.
7. You should consider whether or not your horse is still a growing. If it is, then get a bigger size than your measurement calls for.

How to Fit your Rug on Your Horse

Fitting the rug that you have purchased on your horse can be a very simple task.
1. You start by fastening the horse rug on the horse around the chest in the case of a Horse Rug that has its front open. Make sure that you allow some space while you are fastening it around the chest in front to allow for comfort on the part of the horse. Allow it to fit and be comfortable around the shoulder. It should not fit too tightly.
2. If the horse rug has a bias surcingle, cross the surcingles from under your horse's belly and then strap it. While you are strapping it, it is necessary that you allow the kind of space that can allow your hand to pass through it between the belly of the horse and the strap. In the case of a single surcingle, you just place it on the horse and strap it.
3. In the place of the leg, you should cross the horse rug between the hind leg of the horse to create a ring, and then strap it. Always make sure that you allow room for some space that can contain your hand.
In the winter it is important that you get a warm rug for your horse so that it can stay warm throughout the cold season.

Conclusion

Very few sports require the collaboration between man and animal as does horseback riding. A talented and spirited thoroughbred needs the guidance of a skilful horseman to realize its fullest potential. Horse riding and care has evolved over the centuries. Horse rugs are essential to keep a horse, fit, comfortable, and protected. Respect your horses by taking care of them and determining the proper measurements for their rugs and other accessories. You will need to consider a wide selection of rugs and other equestrian supplies in order to find the right one for your horse. A variety of saddles can be purchased on eBay.

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