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Horse Covers

  • Horses come in a variety of shapes and sizes. If a horse is exceptionally broad in the back it may be necessary to buy the next size up in relation to its height. Alternatively, it may be necessary to look at several different styles.


  • When trying the rug on the horse protect it by fitting it over a summer sheet (or something similar) so that you can return it clean and suitable for resale.


  • It is essential that a rug fits well on the withers and shoulders, so that the horse can move freely underneath the fabric without the rug slipping back. If the rug does slip back it is put under strain and can cause sore areas.


  • Once you have ascertained that the rug fits well around the neck, pull the rug into position along the horses back so that the coat lies flat.


  • With rugs using leg straps; take the left leg strap, pass between the hind legs and fasten it on the left hand side. Take the right leg strap, pass it between the hind legs and through the loop made by the first strap and fasten to the right hand side.


  • Adjust the leg straps equally until there is room for the width of one hand equally (4-5”) between the legs straps and the horses thigh. This is to allow freedom of movement. The leg straps are linked to prevent rubbing and act with each other to pull the rug into place. When the horse is grazing, the leg straps should be close to its thighs to keep the rug in position. If you fit the rug as we have described here, it will displace very little through movement and rolling. If the leg straps are too loose, the rug will slip.


  • When fitting the rug with cross surcingles, care should be taken to ensure that the straps of the cross surcingle, cross in the centre of the horses belly - well forward of the horses stifle. i.e. so that the crossed straps are on the roundest part of his body. Again there should be a hands breadth between the straps and the horse.


  • If your rug is canvas and fits correctly, you have to activate the waterproofing agent. To do this, hang the rug over a fence and soak it thoroughly with a hose, allow to dry completely before putting it on the horse. This allows the cotton fibers to swell and the waterproofing to fill any gaps. While all our canvas rugs have been treated with a proofing agent, due to the nature of the materials we do not guarantee they will be 100% waterproof in all conditions.


  • And finally a handy hint from one of our customers: When doing up the back clips on the cover, clip them facing towards the horse.  This means when the horse scratches , the snaps don't get caught on anything. The excess of the leather straps can also be treaded back through the dee rings for extra safety.