What to Measure
Do you wonder what measurements are needed
to order a harness or harness parts?
Every harness shop seems to have a slightly different chart but the measurements are really the same. I’ve found over 26 years that not everyone understands things just the same way, and I’ve included description’s I’ve used for years on the phone. I hope these help. ~Janie
The letters on the illustration indicate the measurement as described below. As always, if you’re having trouble, just call and we’ll be glad to walk you through it.
- A – Poll
Measure from the corner of the mouth on one side, over the top of the head (behind the ears) to the corner of the mouth on the other side.
- B – Nose Band (sometimes called the cavasson)
Measure all the way around the muzzle about 2 fingers width below the cheek (Tear) bone.
- C – Brow band
Measure from hour horse’s temple on one side to the temple on the other side. Remember the brow-band measurement comes around his forehead past his ears. The brow band has to include room for the conchos. Mini’s usually measure 13-14.5; Ponies 14-15; Horses 16-17; Drafts 18-21. When measuring include the width of the halter.
- D – Length of Horse
This measurement is different from a blanket measurement (from the center of the chest, along the side to the center of the tail) the length measurement is from the point of the shoulder to the end of the rump. Imagine if you placing him against a wall and only measuring the part that touches the wall. If you did just measure the blanket measurement, we’d figure it out.
- E – Height of Horse
Measure using a straight ruler or level or something else flat and straight across the horse’s back extending out to the side so that a straight line can me measured to the ground from that point. Then measure from that point straight down to the ground.
- F – Girth
This is the heart girth. It is important to measure at the heart, not close to his arm pit and not where his chest is deepest. Be sure the tape is perpendicular to the ground.
- G – Back Length
This is the distance from where the harness saddle sits to the dock (top) of the tail. It is the length used for the turn back strap.
- H- Breast Collar Length
Measure from the point where the top of the front leg stops on one side around the the same place on the other side. I used to say from the point of the shoulder but that is a bit short. the breast collar (standard) ends about 2″ before the girth. The deluxe girth is shorter and stops about 3-4″ before the girth.
- I – Breeching Length
Measure from the middle of the flank swirl around the widest part of the rump to the middle of the flank swirl on the other side. This will ensure the breeching is long enough.
Here are a few more tips for particular measurements:
Every harness saddle is different so if you are wanting to order just a replacement bellyband measure the current belly band, end to end on the back – both the length and width. If you need a larger or shorter belly band, decide on the length based on the girth you have measured. You want the buckles on the bellyband to buckle in the center of 5 holes if it fits perfectly. You will also need to indicate the width of the strap to which the new bellyband will buckle so that the buckle size is correct.
If you don’t know the length of traces needed here is a way to estimate. Have someone help you. Hold a tape measure at the point of your horse’s shoulder and the measure back to 18″ behind the horse’s rump. the typical distance between the back of the horse and the single tree is 12-18″ depending on the size of the horse. Comfy fit trace standard sizes are 48″, 54″, 62″, 72″, 82″.
Names of Harness Parts
We sell harnesses by size categories, which include:
- VSE: Mini A, B, C, Mini Donkey/Mule, Shetland, Small Pony, Standard Donkey,
- Horse: Large Pony, Cob, Halflinger, Horse, Large Horse, Mammoth Donkey
- Draft: Mammoth Mule, Draft
To choose your size, please refer to these guidelines. If you don’t see exactly what you need, remember we’re always glad to make custom items – or swap out one piece that isn’t just right – to be sure you and your equine and comfy and happy.
A 28-29 40-43
B 30-32 44-48
C 33-34 48.5-52
We think Mini Donkey and Mules are special, and we spent nearly two years perfecting a harness just for them. So, Mini Donkey/Mule has it’s own size, which has fit every mini donkey or mule since 1994!
Shetland 34.5-35.5 53-36
Pony 36-37.5 56.5-63
Cob 38-42 65-71
Horse 43-38 72-77
Large 49-52 78-82
Draft 53-56 86-94
Our harness is unconditionally guaranteed to fit and perform!
Here is a video link that shows How to Measure for a Harness.
Here is a PDF chart showing all the measurements we need: Measuring Chart
How to Measure for a Blanket
When measuring for a blanket be sure to:
- Measure from the center of the chest to the center of the tail. This means take your tape around the side of the shoulder to the center of the chest and around the side of the rum to the center of the tail.
- Make sure to measure along the widest part of the horse’s tummy.
Equine Fusion Jogging Boots
Measuring your horse’s foot correctly will ensure you get a boot that fits and will work for many miles. So please do take the time to measure your horse’s foot, then re-measure, then check your measurements and measure again! This will help us, help you, ensure the proper fit.
The boots are measured in cm. This chart will help you make the conversion from inches to cm.
Measure the length of your horse’s foot, from the toe to the heel buttress. This should be back by the widest part of the frog, but if your horse’s heels are under run then measure at the widest part of the frog.
Then, you will need to measure the width of your horse’s foot. This is measured at the widest part of the foot.
Here is a video showing How to Measure for a Pair of Boots.