Bust: With your hands on your hips and with assistance, measure the fullest part of the bust, keeping the tape measure parallel to the floor.
Waist: Without breathing in, pass the tape measure around your natural waistline.
Hip: Measure the fullest part of your hips, keeping the tape measure parallel to the floor.
Chest: With your hands on your hips and with assistance, measure the fullest part of your chest, keeping the tape measure parallel to the floor.
Waist: Without breathing in, pass the tape measure around your natural waistline.
Collar: Measure around your neck where your collar usually sits, not central to the neck.
It is very important to ensure you have bought the correct size of rug for your horse. Each horse is different and each style and type of rug fits differently. Therefore before you start measuring rugs it is useful to take note of a rug you know fits well and look for rugs with a similar shape or features. Countrywide stocks a comprehensive range of rugs from various suppliers, including Weatherbeeta, Shires and Horseware. You will also find Kadence branded rugs in store which are available only from Countrywide. Most of these rugs are available in sizes 5'0 – 7'0" in 3 inch increments. Some offer sizes down to 3"6 for the smaller pony. It is most common to see rugs measured in feet and inches. This is a measurement taken from the centre of your horse's chest to the point of buttock.
You will also see measurements in centimeters on some rugs – this is measured from the withers along the spine to the top of the tail. Be sure to measure in the correct unit for the measurement you are taking.
To get an accurate measurement use a soft tape measure and ask someone to help you. If you are unsure of the measurement you have taken you can double check by spreading a well fitting rug flat on the floor and measure from the front of the chest clips to the bottom of the rug. Do not include the tail flap. This is helpful to confirm you have an accurate measurement.
It is important to make sure that you buy the correct size rug for your horse or pony to ensure that it stays in place and is a comfortable fit. Measure your horse or pony from the centre of its chest, along its body to the rear of its quarters, as indicated.
See diagram and sizes chart.
|TO FIT APPROX.
When you have purchased your rug it is highly recommended that you try it on over the top of a clean cotton sheet or fleece to ensure you are happy with the fit. This way your new rug will stay clean and you can return it to the store with its packaging if you are not happy with the fit.
Use a clean and dry rug as an under-rug to keep your new rug clean until you are sure it fits correctly. A cotton sheet is good for this as it is not bulky and will not affect the fit of your new rug.
Place the rug well forward on the horse's back and slide it towards the tail until the front seam rests naturally forward of his withers. For a standard neck this is the seam around the neck piping, on high neck or combo rugs where there is no seam ensure the rug fits with the contours of the horses neck and shoulders and this will guide you to the right place.
Ensure that you follow the line of his shoulder - this will create enough room to allow the rug to create a ‘cupping' so the material is not pulling on the shoulder. The top of the tail flap is designed to sit at the top of your horse's tail. A good point to note: If the seam between the tail flap and the rug/blanket falls below the top of the tail, the blanket is too big.
Now fasten the leg and chest straps. Fit the chest straps to the correct width – all should be adjustable. You need to ensure the rug is tight enough to stay in place while still allowing for the movement of the horse to make sure your rug does not rub. To keep the rug in place it is important to fasten the leg straps correctly. Pass the left leg strap between the hind legs and fasten it to the D-ring on the left-hand side. Now, thread the right leg strap between the legs, making sure it also passes through the left leg strap, and then fasten it to the D-ring on the right-hand side.
Fasten the cross surcingles under the horses stomach. Make sure the straps are fastened diagonally under the horse and allow a hand's width between the straps and belly. Again you will find all cross surcingles are adjustable.
Always ensure you get the correct size girth to avoid disappointment. Girths go up by 5cms on every size and getting one that is not too long or too short is important. When measuring, fit the saddle squarely on your horse's back. Get a tape measure and measure from 3 holes on one side under the girth area to the 3rd hole on the other. Take this measurement and then use the nearest measurement you can find on the attached chart. Before using your new girth make sure you try it on a clean horse and that it is safe and secure when the saddle is done up tightly. If it does not fit correctly for any reason you need to make sure it is returned in a clean and unused condition.
|18" - 45cm||42" - 105cm|
|20" - 50cm||44" - 110cm|
|22" - 55cm||46" - 115cm|
|24" - 60cm||48" - 120cm|
|26" - 65cm||50" - 125cm|
|28" - 70cm||52" - 130cm|
|30" - 75cm||54" - 135cm|
|32" - 80cm||56" - 140cm|
|34" - 85cm||58" - 145cm|
|36" - 90cm||60" - 150cm|
|38" - 95cm||62" - 155cm|
|40" - 100cm|
Please ensure you order the correct size as riding hats are non refundable due to health and safety reasons.
The head should firstly be measured, to get an idea of the size of hat to begin with. The measurement should be taken just above the ears, around the fullest part of the head and just over the eyebrows. This should give a measurement in centimetres, which can be converted using the table below:
(See individual brands for exact sizing)
|ENGLISH||6 1/8||6 3/8
*Countrywide recommend always having your hat professionally fitted and will be happy to do so in store. A correctly fitted hat is essential for your safety.
To find the correct size of rug required for your donkey, measure from the centre of the chest to the end of his hindquarters. This will mean that when the donkey wears the rug, the tail flap extends beyond the tail and his rump is completely covered.
Once you have measured your donkey according to these instructions, please use the table below to decide which rug size you need.
Please try your new rug on top of a thin clean sheet or existing clean rug if you have one. This means, should your new rug not fit correctly, you will be able to exchange it for the correct size.
Check your rug is the right length, that the tail flap sits over the tail flat and the chest does up snuggly but not tightly.
There should be enough room for a hand’s width to fit snugly between the donkey’s belly and the straps. When the hand is removed the straps should sit comfortably around the donkey with minimal sagging.
Cotton fillet strings have been used as they stop the rug slipping forward and up the neck or blowing up at the back. To fit - if you were to place a hand’s width at the back of the leg (fingers pointing down) the string should be tensioned snugly - this allows a couple of inches slack for movement but should not rub. Due to the position of the fillet strings they require regular replacement and washing.
|Donkey Rug Colour Binding||Inches||Centimetres|
We have used The Donkey Sanctuary colours so that we can easily identify the right size head collar.
Brown - the smallest head collar will fit a miniature donkey or a donkey foal.
Light blue - medium sized head collar will fit a standard size donkey and is midway between pony and cob size horse head collars.
Grey - larger sized head collar bridging the gap between cob and horse size in horse head collars.
Black - extra-large head collar for Andalusian size donkeys and Poitou donkeys.
The two smaller sizes are narrower webbing and smaller buckles than the larger two sizes.
Measure your dog from the base of it's neck to the base of it's tail.
See diagram and size chart.
|Example of breed/rug size||Jack Russell||Cocker Spaniel||Border Collie||Standard Shnauzer||Labrador Retreiver||Pointer||German Shepherd|
|Rug size in cm||35||40||45||50||55||60||65|
|Rug size in inches||14||16||18||20||22||24||26|