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How to Put on a Horse's/Pony's Rug

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A rug is like a coat or blanket for horses and ponies. A rug should only be put on if it is necessary. Never put a rug on a horse or pony in hot weather.


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    Put on the head-collar and tie the lead rope to a piece of string for safety.
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    Retrieve your rug, and have it in hand make sure you have a size rug that fits your horse/pony.
  3. 3
    Fold the rug in half and, slowly and gently, lay it over the horse's/pony's back. If you carelessly throw it over, it might frighten the horse/pony..
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    Unfold the rug. Make sure that it's the turned right way around.
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    Fasten the breast straps. You fasten those straps first in case the pony panics, and tries to run away. If it panics, the rug will slip backwards and the horse/pony can step out of it. After you have fastened the breast straps, slide the rug backwards, so that it is farther down your pony's neck, this makes the rug more comfortable for your horse/pony.
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    Fasten the surcingles-these cross over the ponies belly. You should fasten them back to front, then front to back. You should be able to fit a hand between each strap and the horse/pony.
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    If you have a horse, fasten the leg straps. Put one around the leg and do it back up. Thread the other through and do back up on the same side it came from.
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    If you have a pony rug, then skip the previous step. Thread the pony's tail through the fillet strap to keep the rug secure
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    You are now ready to turn your horse/pony out.

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  • Remember to fasten the lead rope to a piece of string so if the horse/pony panics it will be able to escape and won't cause itself more fear.
  • It may be helpful to have someone help you so you don't have to crouch beneath the horse/pony to grab the surcingles.


  • When fastening the leg straps do not stand directly behind the horse/pony in case of it kicking.
  • Always have someone there to supervise you if you are just a beginner in case of an accident.

Things You'll Need

  • A horse/pony
  • A rug
  • A headcollar
  • An experienced person to supervise and help

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Categories: Horse Care

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