A well fitting rug will not move and will not rub your horse's shoulder, hip, chest or wither. If you have any of these issues, your rug is not fitting correctly. To help ensure your horse is comfortable and your rug will stay put, please note the pictures below.
As a general guide only please see below for sizing, things such as the horses conformation, breed and weight can effect our recommended sizing.
Skye Park rugs are very generous in the cut and we make allowances for both seam take up and any shrinkage which may occur, as a general rule
you will usually need a rug one size smaller than other popular brands. Skye Park can also make especially designed rugs for breeds such as
Clydesdales, Fresians, Percherons etc, youngstock with their little neck and chests, and the odd cow now an then.
Sizes listed are approximate only, your horses breed, age and condition will have an affect on these suggestions.
Please feel free to give us a call to discuss your sizing if you are unsure.
11.2 - 12.1hh........4'9"
12 - 13hh..............5'0"
12.3 - 13.2hh........5'3"
13.1 - 14.1hh........5'6"
14 - 15hh..............5'9"
15 - 15.3hh...........6'0"
15.3 - 16.2hh........6'3"
16.2 - 17.2hh........6'6"
17.0 - 17.3hh........6'9"
Extra small Under 11hh
Small Pony 11-12.2hh - Extra small Head, Small Neck length(suitable for Ponies such as welsh A's)
Extra Large 17hh Plus
Warmblood - Extra Large with more room through Jaw and nose, for horses with more 'bone' through the head area
Some examples of badly fitting rugs that will cause issues for horse and owner
Most people assume because their horse has big shoulders or the horse is getting rubbed shoulders the answer it to put shoulder gussets in
to their cotton sheets and underrugs. Nothing could be further from the truth. Shoulder gussets in lightweight rugs such as cottons and
woollens cause a whole new set of problems. These fabrics do not have enough structure to hold the gusset shape like a canvas rug can.
Below is a lovely fitting neckline of this cotton sheet with shoulder gussets, it has just been put on and horse has not moved.
Unfortunately it does not stay that way. Once the horse moves around or you add a top rug and the sheet settles, the gusset will open up and
stay open, allowing the neckline to enlarge. This causes the front strap to slip up into the gullet and the top of the rug to slip back
onto the wither causing a sore wither, even to the point of ulcerations.
If you use cottons with gussets, are you always pulling them forward to put them in the right place?
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