How to measure your horse for a rug

Using a tape measure – or a piece of string you can measure later – measure your horse from the centre of his chest, horizontally along his side, finishing at the point of his tail. If your horse is between sizes, you’re usually better to go up a size than down.

When you’re trying a rug on your horse, put it on over the top of a summer sheet. This won’t affect its fit but will stop any hair sticking to the rug, so if it doesn’t fit you can return and exchange it. Remember to keep your receiptand all tags from the rugs.


In this video, we show you how to measure your horse to make sure you get the right size of rug for your horse, so he will be happy in his stable or out in the field all winter.