I'll just preface this by saying I have two other OTTB mares that are around 15.2–15.3hh. They both wear 78" blankets. I also have a 14.3hh QH mare that wears a 76".
When Cat came to live with me a couple of months ago, I pulled out one of my 78" turnout blankets for her use when it turned cold. She's several inches taller than the other girls (I'm 5'8" in the photo below), but I figured the 78" would be OK, if maybe a little small.
Came out to the barn this weekend to see the blanket hanging off her like she was trying on her mother's clothes!
The BO brought out a collection of different-sized blankets, and after trying three different brands in a 74" that all fit her perfectly, I have to believe that's really the size she takes!! She's now happily wearing what amounts to a pony blanket!
Hey now, the Chestnut Silly takes a 74", and she would be insulted to be considered pony sized! So does her gal pal, my standardbred mare. The STB fits the smaller blankets because she's short and fat and round, and the TB because she's short coupled, compact and cobby in everything. She swims in a horse sized bridle or halter. She prefers to be considered slightly dainty over being compared to a little pony monster
well.. I have found that the width of the chest and barrel affect the size too. QH are typically wider than TBs. However, have you ever stick measured the horse? If you are 5'8" that's 68". A 16.2 h horse would be 66" She has quite high withers in relation to her back ... so she may not be a "true" 16.2h ... if you get my drift.
That's ok, I have a 15.3 hh TB mare who wears a 78" blanket. I have a 17 hh TB gelding who wears the same size bridle as her (and I mean same size as in on the same holes!), almost the same size girth and a blanket only 2" longer. He could probably fit fairly comfortable in the 78" if he had to.
I haven't measured her personally—just went by what the trainer from the track told me. But she towers over my 15.2-handers, and the little girls who help out at the barn are too intimidated by her height to lead her to and from the field. The BO has to do it.
But Cat definitely illustrates the term "shark-fin" withers!
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lol. Can you tell me how my 14h Welsh Cob pony wears a 74/5?????? Seriously. He's bigger than my old 15h Arab who died in June....I *thought* they were the same size but was caught by surprise yesterday when I tried the old guy's 72 on the new pony.......
My 14.1 mare wears a 70-72" comfortably. My 15.1 3 yr old QH gelding wears a 78" maybe an 80". But he's suffering in a 72" right now b/c they wear blankets only 4-5x during the winter and he's STILL growing. So when he tops out at an 82" which we expect I'll get him a new wardrobe.
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She looks awfully short coupled! She might be tall, but it doesn't look like she's long
Different blankets measure differently, too. For Rambos, you're supposed to measure the horse and take 4 inches off...which means my 16.1 hand mare that's pretty average (not overly long or lean or narrow or thick or broad) JUST fits in a 72. Her other Rambos are 75" and the Weatherbeeta that fits her is 78"
I also had a big, stocky, drafty mare who was 16 hands dead on and wore an 84" weatherbeeta, and a 14.1 QH/arab mare who wore a 72" weatherbeeta.