Measuring your horse for an EOUS Blanket
When measuring a horse for proper EOUS blanket size, it is always best to do so with the help of a second person. We recommend measuring your horse with a flexible tape measure to ensure the most accurate measurement possible. Start by standing your horse as square as possible on a flat, even surface. Place the tape measure at the center of the horse's chest. With the tape held in place at the chest, run it along the side of the horse's body until you reach the edge of the tail bone. For the most accurate measurement, keep the tape as straight as possible along the horse's side without following the contours of the horse's body.
Fitting an EOUS Blanket
When trying a new blanket for size, we recommend placing a thin, clean sheet on your horse first to keep the new blanket as clean as possible, in case it needs to be returned. Place the blanket on your horse and fasten all front closures. Gently slide the blanket so it rests comfortably at the shoulder and chest, remember EOUS blankets sit up over the withers to relieve pressure off of this area. 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 too snug that the straps rub or irritate the horse.
Checking the Fit of Your EOUS Blanket
Properly fitting a horse blanket is extremely important to prevent shoulder & 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 each over the tail. If the ends meet, then the blanket is too large. If you cannot bring them together at all or if you can see more than 2-3 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 the 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, please 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.