Are you “blanket strap savvy”?

Used correctly, straps can ensure your horse's blanket keeps him warm and comfortable.

Here are three ways to make sure make sure your horse’s blanket straps are keeping him warm and safe. 

Horses in a field wearing blankets.
Properly adjusted blanket straps keep a horse warm, comfortable and safe.

• Attach the belly straps in the arrangement—crossed under the belly or not—directed by the manufacturer. Deviating from the manufacturer’s recommendations risks leaving dangerous gaps that a hoof can slip through or stressing the fabric, which can lead to tearing. If you are unsure of how to attach the straps, contact the manufacturer to confirm the intended arrangement.

Click here for answers to the most common horse-blanketing questions. 

• Adjust the blanket straps properly. Make sure belly straps hang no more than four inches below the horse and you can slip no more than a single mittened hand between the chest strap and your horse. Larger gaps risk hoof entrapment when the horse lies down. Straps that are too tight will not only be uncomfortable for the horse, but can tear fabric.

• Consider forgoing the hind leg straps. Straps that pass around a horse’s hind legs pose the greatest entanglement risk. If your horse’s blanket stays put without these straps, you may want to remove them entirely and use a single tail strap instead (you can purchase these or make your own the baling twine). 

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