What size do I need to choose?

Charlotte van der Pouw posted this on Jul 9, 2019

A horse rug has a back seam length and a total length of the rug. The total length of the rug is the total length from front to back. This can be easily measured when you put the rug flat on the ground. The back seam length can be measured from withers to tail flap.

Do you want to know what rug size your horse will need?

The best thing to do is to measure your horse. Horses with the same height can have a different build and body shape, so we advise not to determine the rug size on the wither height of your horse. A horse that measures 1.65 m at the withers can have built with a long back, needing a larger size rug than a horse that has the same height, but a short back. Rug sizes can also differ per brand, Horseware uses other measurements than Bucas. We will explain the measurements from Horseware and Bucas below:

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Measurement tips for a Horsware rug:

Measure the length of the horse from mid-chest to mid-tail, and remove 10cms and select the size from the Horseware table. This length in cm is the total length of the rug. See the rug measurement table below:

Rug size in feet Total length in CM Backseam in CM
2'6 76 50
2'9 84 55
3'0 91 60
3'3 99 65
3'6 106 70
3'9 114 75
4'0 122 80
4'3 130 85
4'6 137 90
4'9 145 95
5'0 152 100
5'3 160 110
5'6 168 115
5'9 175 125
6'0 183 130
6'3 191 140
6'6 198 145
6'9 206 155
7'0 213 160
7'3 221 165
7'6 229 170

Measurement tips for a Bucas rug:

Measure the length of the horse from mid-chest to the end of the hind leg (around the same place where the tail starts). This length in cm is the total length of the rug. Bucas developed a rug measuring tape. The rug sizes have been printed on the tape, so you’ll know what size you need in an instant! See the Bucas rug measurement table below:

Rug size in feet Total length in CM Backseam in CM
3'6 107 85
3'9 114 90
4'0 122 95
4'3 130 100
4'6 137 105
4'9 145 110
5'0 152 115
5'3 160 120
5'6 168 125
5'9 175 130
6'0 183 135
6'3 191 140
6'6 198 145
6'9 206 155
7'0 213 165
7'2 218 170


If you’re uncertain about the size you’ll need for your horse, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will go through some questions with you to help you determine the correct rug size for your horse.

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