Fitting Your Rug
- A well fitting rug should not move around on your horse nor will it rub the shoulder, wither, chest and hip areas. Sometimes a very thin skinned horse may have a pre-tendency to rub though and the rubbing may need to be controlled by a bib and/ or sheepkin padding.
- When choosing your rug, always bear in mind the breed and size of your horse in relation to the size you have selected. Remember all brands of rugs may vary slightly in size just like human fashions do. Your aim is to bring home a rug with the best fit offering comfort and ease of movement for your horse to wear.
- Always place the rug well above the wither and do the chest fittings up, then pull the rug slightly backwards and do the leg straps up and if on that rug do the cross over surcingles up.
- Ensure the final resting place of the rug is just forward of the wither, this will prevent rubbing of the wither. Once positioned if the rug will not go all the way back to do the leg straps up, then it is too small for the horse.
- The leg strap clips should always face in, this prevents them from being caught up in a wire fence and also from the tail being hooked into the clip and hair pulled out. Always cross your leg straps and have them loose enough that they do not chaffe.
- Never let the cross over surcingle sit too low, once done up or your horses legs may get caught if lying down or rolling.
- Rug fit will vary depending on your choice, whether it is canvas, synthetic, especially the amount of polyfill lining will alter a fit or other materials.
- Remember your horse may not take the size that a manufactures rug chart may suggest, although generally they are an excellent guide for your selection.