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How to Measure for Harness

MEASURING YOUR EQUINE FOR HARNESS:

To assure a perfect fit for your equine, please measure carefully and use the attached Measurement Chart to help you measure correctly.  If in doubt we are always here to help!

Download a Measurement chart (.pdf file)

Some helpful hints:

  • Measure your equine on a flat level surface using a cloth measuring tape.  Please measure in inches.

  • The Poll is measured from the corner of the mouth, up over the poll, behind the ears, to the other corner of the mouth.

  • Girth is measured right behind the front legs, all the way around the girth.

  • The noseband is measured about 1” or (1/2” for mini) below the cheek bone.

  • The browband is measured from behind one ear aroud the brow to behind the other ear.

STANDARD HARNESS SIZES:

We don't believe there is actually a 'standard' measurement for any equine but the chart below is a basic guidline for harness sizing.  Please know that Comfy Fit will supply you with the harness parts that YOU need and the harness made to fit your equine in accordance with the measurements you provide.  If you need a mini breast collar and a draft breeching, that is what we will supply (but maybe you should measure twice - just in case)!

For reference purposes, standard sizing is as follows:

 

EQUINE/HARNESS SIZE

POLL

GIRTH

Hip/Neck Strap

Traces

Mini A

28” to 29”

40” to 43”

1/2”

1”

Mini B

30” to 32”

44” to 48”

1/2”

1”

Mini C

33” to 34”

48.5” to 52”

1/2”

1”

Shetland

34.5” to 35.5”

53” to 56”

1/2”

1”

Pony

36” to 37.5”

56.5 to 63”

5/8”

1”

Cob

38” to 42”

65” to 71”

¾”

1.25”

Horse

43” to 48”

72” to 77”

¾”

1.25”

Lg. Horse

49” to 52”

78” to 85”

¾”

1.25”

Draft

53” to 56”

86” to 94”

1”

1.5”

 

MEASUREMENTS YOU SHOULD PROVIDE:

 

A
 Bridle Corner of mouth over poll (behind ears) to corner of mouth
B
 Noseband around nose (one finger width below the cheek bone)
C
 Brow (behind ear around brow to behind ear)
D
 Length of horse (centre chest front to back under tail)
E
 Height at withers (from ground to withers)
F
 Girth (all the way around at saddle location - just behind withers)
G

 Length of back (from behind withers to top of tail)

H
 Breast (from front of saddle strap location around breast to front of saddle strap location)
I
 Over Neck  (from breast collar over neck above withers to breast collar)
J
 Breeching (flank around rear to flank)
K
 Loin Strap (breeching over loin to breeching at high point of hip)
L
 Throat Latch (from brow under chin to brow)
M
 Collar measurement (from top of neck above wither to base of neck at collar position. Measure   straight and do not conform to shape of neck)  Use a T-Square if you have one or yard stick.
N
 If available, measurement of inside of neck collar (top to bottom)

 

Download a Measurement chart (.pdf file)

 

How to Measure for a Collar:


Use a collar measuring tool or two carpenter’s squares (L shaped rulers) or L shaped cardboard cutouts. Overlap the long sides of the two rulers or cutouts forming what looks like a letter C or half of a collar. Place that on the animal as if it were one side of the collar. Place it just where you want the collar to sit on the animal. Remove it carefully so the two parts do not slip and measure from the top to the bottom on the inside. That will be your collar size.

To determine the shape or sweeney for your new collar, look at the front of your horse’s neck:

FULL FACE:  Average, straight necks, i.e. thoroughbred, standardbred

HALF SWEENEY:  Necks that are wider at the bottom than the top, i.e. quarter horse, fjord, halflinger, average drafts

FULL SWEENEY: Necks that are thick all the way up