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What Size Rug Does My Horse Need

Horses come in all different shapes and sizes. Our rugs are based on standard Australian sizing, which measures the rug along the bottom edge of the rug, from the front edge of the rug at the chest fittings to the back edge of the rug. Horse Rugs are sized at 3 inch (75mm) intervals.

To get an approximate sizing, measure in a straight line from the center of the horses chest, around the shoulder, along the side of the barrel and belly and around the rear to the point just past the rump. If you have any questions please feel free to ask us.

I recommend choosing one size larger on all winter Synthetic rugs as they then allow to have rug overlap at the chest to provide extra insulation and waterproofing. Winter or lined/padded rugs are often a tighter fit, when compared to normal summer rip stop rugs or sheets. This is due to the fact that the padding takes up additional space. If you have an existing rug that fits your horse - its always a good idea to measure your existing rug then buy the same size again.


 LOVE MY HORSE - Rug Guide
Height of Horse
in Hands
9hh & Under 4'0" 122cm
 9.2 - 10.0hh 4'3" 130cm
10.0 - 11.2hh 4'6" 137cm
11.2 - 12.0hh 4'9" 145cm
12.0 - 13.0hh 5'0" 152cm
13.0 - 14.0hh 5'3" 160cm
14.0 - 14.2hh 5'6" 168cm
14.2 - 15.0hh 5'9" 175cm
15.0 - 15.2hh 6'0" 183cm
15.2 - 16.0hh 6'3" 190cm
16.0 - 16.2hh 6'6" 198cm
16.2hh & Over 6'9" 206cm

New Zealand Sizing:

New Zealand customers please note. The New Zealand sizing system is different to the International or Australian sizing system. To convert from the Australian sizing to New Zealand sizing please subtract 1’3”. Example a 6’3” Australian rug is a 5’0” in New Zealand.

Is my rug 100% Waterproof

100% Waterproof – Unfortunately the waterproof ability of a rug is referring to the fabric used for the rug, rather than the whole product. Rugs contain stitching, webbing & fastenings that can often allow a small amount of water penetration. If you live in areas of Australia that have hours of moderate to heavy rainfall you should always be prepared to change a rug for a spare dry one.  

Often in heavy rainfall in warmer areas the horse’s perspiration may build up under the rug, but I have found after a couple of hours the breathability of the rug is so good that the horse will be dry again.

If you are using an unlined waterproof combo or rainsheet in very humid & wet conditions – I would recommend using a light cotton sheet underneath which will allow a layer of air to circulate underneath. This will help reduce the perspiration build up and keep your horse dry.