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Buying a horse rug? Pick the right size!

Does your horse need a new rug, but you are not sure which size fits best? When buying a horse rug, it is very important that the size is right for your horse. A rug that is too small or too tight increases the risk of chafing spots. A rug that is too big will easily sag, which will eventually damage the rug and make it uncomfortable for the horse. The best way to determine the size of the rug is to measure your horse's upper lengths and lower lengths.

The upper length of a rug is measured between the withers and the tail (size A). It is important to measure up to the base of the tail and not over it. As soon as a rug hangs over the base of the tail, it is too big and it often draws back. The lower length is measured from the middle of the chest to the buttock of your horse (size B). We always give the sizes of horse rugs as follows: upper length/lower length. The last number is the lower length which is used most frequently in the Netherlands. It is possible that an English size or upper length is mentioned in a rug, so this size differs from the lower lengths which you may be used to.

   
Rugs Size Chart

Upper length in cm (A) Lower lenght in cm (B) Height horse in cm
75 125 till 100 cm
85 135 101 - 110 cm
95 145 111 - 120 cm
105 155 121 - 130 cm
115 165 131 - 140 cm
125 175 141 151 cm
135 185 152 - 161 cm
145 195 162 - 168 cm
155 205 169 - 174 cm
165 215 175 cm and higher
Please note that the heigt at withers is only a guideline, it is better to measure for the right size.

Rugs from different brands in the same size may have a different fit. Some brands work with different rug sizes than the Dutch size. On our website you will always find the Dutch sizes of the rugs. Bucas uses a different size system than other brands, the lower and upper length have a different ratio and the fit is therefore different. Bucas rugs are generally well suited for long or narrow horses. For bigger horses Bucas has the "Big Neck" rugs which are very suitable for Friesians or other broader horse breeds.

Bucas Rugs Size Chart 

Upper length in cm (A) Lower lenght in cm (B) UK size  Dutch size
85 107 3'6 85/110
90 114 3'9 90/115
95 122 4'0 95/125
100 130 4'3 100/130
105 137 4'6 105/135
110 145 4'9 110/145
115 152 5'0 115/155
120 160 5'3 120/160
125 168 5'6 125/165
130 175 5'9 130/175
135 183 6'0 135/185
140 191 6'3 140/190
145 198 6'6 145/195
155 206 6'9 155/205
165 213 7'0 165/215
170 218 7'2 170/220


Horseware is a company from Ireland which produces rugs for the following (sub)brands: Rambo, Amigo, MIO, Rhino and Horseware. Horsware, like Bucas, has a different sizing system than most other brands. Horseware rugs are usually recommended for shorter and broader horses, such as Friesians, Andalusians, Fjords, Tinkers, etc.

Horsware Rugs Size Chart

Upper length in cm (A) Lower lenght in cm (B) UK size  Dutch size
50 76 2'6 50/76
55 84 2'9 55/84
60 91 3'0 60/91
65 99 3'3 65/99
70 106 3'6 70/105
75 114 3'9 75/114
80 122 4'0 80/122
85 130 4'3 85/130
90 137 4'6 90/137
95 145 4'9 95/145
100 152 5'0 100/152
110 160 5'3 110/160
115 168 5'6 115/165
125 175 5'9 125/175
130 183 6'0 130/185
140 191 6'3 140/190
145 198 6'6 145/195
155 206 6'9 155/205
160 213 7'0 160/215
165 221 7'3 165/221


WeatherBeeta is not very well known in the Netherlands yet, but internationally they have many satisfied customers who swear by the quality of a WeatherBeeta rug. They have 6 different categories of rugs: ComFiTec Ultra, ComFiTec Premier, ComFiTec Plus, ComFiTec Essential and the ComFiTec Classic. The rugs from the ComFiTec Ultra category are the rugs from the highest segment and the rugs from the ComFiTec Classic category are from the lowest segment. WeatherBeeta also has its own size table. If you are between sizes, choose the larger size.

WeatherBeeta Rugs Size Chart

Upper length in cm (A) Lower lenght in cm (B) UK size  Dutch size
55 90 3'0 55/90
60 100 3'3 60/100
65 105 3'6 65/105
70 115 3'9 70/115
75 120 4'0 75/120
85 130 4'3 85/130
90 140 4'6 90/140
95 145 4'9 95/145
105 155 5'0 105/155
115 160 5'3 115/160
120 170 5'6 120/170
125 175 5'9 125/175
135 185 6'0 135/185
140 190 6'3 140/190
145 195 6'5 145/195
150 200 6'6 150/200
155 205 6'9 155/205
160 215 7'0 160/215
165 225 7'3 165/225


Always fit the rug with a thin rug or sheet underneath so that the inner lining of the rug is not covered with hair. Fleece-lined rugs are easy to keep hair in. This way you can prevent your horse from getting the rug dirty or damaging it. Always try on the blanket outside of the stable in a clean environment with plenty of space. If the rug does not fit well, put it back in the bag with all the cards still attached. This way it can still be exchanged!

Not sure of the size? Please contact our customer service and send us your horse's measurements and possibly a photo!

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