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WILD Horse Australia - Product fitting Guide

Below Fitting Guides:

  • Horse Rugs
  • Fly Veils
  • Fly Masks
  • Leg Protectors
  • Belly Protectors
  • Chest Extender
  • Leg Straps
  • Eye Protectors

Horse Rug

WILD Horse Australia Rugs are designed to fit your horse safely and securely so they stay put on your horse all day long. They should fit snugly. Products that are too tight or too loose can cause rubbing and irritation to you horse. They can be dangerous to your horse’s safety, particularly if they are too large.

See our table below to help assist you with the appropriate product size for your horse. You will also need to consider the confirmation and build of your horse when choosing a size. Please contact us if you need advice.

Horse Height (hands) A-B Measurement (cm) Approximate Rug Size
11.2 - 12 145 4'9"
12 - 13 152 5'0"
13 - 14 160 5'3"
14 - 14.2 168 5'6"
14.2 - 15 175 5'9"
15 - 15.2 183 6'0"
15.2 - 16 190 6'3"
16 - 16.2 198 6'6"
16.2 - 17 206 6'9"
17 213 7'0"

Each rug size varies by 3 inches in length. To measure your horse for the correct size, measure from the middle of the chest, around the shoulder, then in a straight line to the rump where your rug ends as shown below.

 It is important when measuring from A to B that you do not wrap the tape measure around the curve of the horses rump, draw a straight line from the top part of the dock (at the part that leaves the horses body) to where you want your rug to finish on the rump. If you measure too far around the curve of the rump then your horse rug could end up too long and sit too low applying incorrect pressure to the sensitive dock which needs to be free to move. At WILD Horse Australia we believe in large tail skirts to protect the rear end of your horse rather than a rug that sits too low and inhibits correct movement of the dock/tail.

 If your measurement is between sizes, then it is generally better for your horse if you take the smaller size.

Fitting Guide

Fitting a Horse Rug

Step 1- Position

Place the rug over the lower part of the horse’s neck, in front of the shoulders. Slide the rug backwards until the neck seam of the rug lies along the line of the horse’s shoulder and forward of the wither. Rugs should sit comfortably around the shoulder but not put pressure on, or pull back on, the shoulders. At the back of the rug, the top of the tail flap (where the tail flap joins to the rug) should be sitting at the top of the horse’s tail. If the tail flap is sitting too low down on the horse’s tail, this could mean that the rug is too big. The sensitive dock/tail area of the horse’s tail should not be restricted by a seam that sits too low.

Step 2 – Leg Straps

To fasten the leg straps attached to the back of the rug, take the left leg strap (nearside), pass it between the horse’s back legs and clip it back to the D-ring on the left side. Then take the right leg strap (offside), pass it between the horse’s back legs, loop it through the left leg strap and the clip it back to the D-ring on the right side. Ensure the leg straps are adjusted so that there is one hand’s width between the strap and the inside of the horse’s thigh.

Step 3 – Chest Strap

Go to the front of the horse and buckle the front straps of the rug. The buckles should be adjusted to allow four finger’s width between the rug and the horse’s chest. If the front buckles are too tight, they will cause rubbing on the withers and shoulders. If the front buckles are too loose, the rug with slip backwards and cause potential danger when the horse lies down.

Step 4 - Surcingles

To fasten the cross over surcingles of the rug, clip the front surcingle to the back clasp and the back surcingle to the front clasp. This way, the surcingles make a cross underneath the horse’s belly. Adjust the surcingles to allow one hand’s width between the strap and the horse’s belly. If the surcingles are too loose, the horse may accidentally get a leg caught when rolling or sleeping, causing leg injuries. Your horse may now safely enjoy the superior fit of your WILD Horse Australia rug.

Common problems of poor fitting Rugs

  • Horses are not happy in rugs that fit poorly and can spend much time trying to remove them.
  • A rug that is too big around the neck is more likely to cause rubbing than one that is too small. It places additional pressure on the shoulders and increases the chance of the rug slipping. The neckline of the rug should sit in line with the horse’s shoulder.
  • A rug that is too big may hang too low on your horse and they may stand on it when they get to their feet after sleeping or rolling. Ensure the top of the tail flap sits at the top of the horse’s tail.
  • If surcingles are left too long, the horse’s leg may get caught , causing serious injury to the horse or damage to your rug. Ensure only one hand’s width between the surcingles strap and the horse’s belly.
  • Often in winter, rugs are removed less regularly and have more bulk and weight to them. This can cause some horses to get rubbed out shoulders. Ensure rugs are snug fitting and try to remove and replace rugs at least once a day to minimise rubbing.
  • Broader or stockier breeds of horse may need a rug size slightly bigger than the A-B measurement from chest to rump, to accommodate the wider shoulders and chest of the horse.
  • Finer or more angular breeds of horse may need a rug size slightly smaller than the A-B measurement from chest to rump, to ensure the rug is not too big around the shoulders and to avoid the rug slipping behind the wither and causing soreness and rubbing.

Remember your horse’s comfort is our job here at WILD Horse Australia, please help us to ensure your horse has the best possible fit.

Fly Veil

Our Fly Veil sizes are based on halter sizes which will determine the size of the Fly Veil.  If you have any doubts about the sizing, please contact us so we can ensure you are choosing the correct size for your horse.

Fitting a Fly Veil

1. Remove Fly Veil from packaging.

2. Check Fly Veil to be sure it has no manufacturing faults before putting on horse.

3. Press eye darts out to their full extent.They may have become flattened in packaging.

4. Slowing place Fly Veil on horse. If it is the horse's first time experiencing a Fly Veil, they may be nervous.

5. Once the Fly Veil is on, adjust poll strap to get the perfect fit around the eyes, brow and nostril area. A dome shape should be created aroud the eye so the eye is not affected. The nose flap should sit just above the nostril and not inhibit it in any way.

6. Secure Fly Veil to a comfortable fit under jaw. Do not over-tighten. You should be able to fit two/three fingers under the Fly Veil.

7. Pull forelock out from under the Fly Veil.

8. Make sure there are no gaps between the Fly Veil and your horse which will allow flies and other insects to get in.

9. Any Fly Veil creases will settle soon after use.



To get the Ultimate shape Fly Veil for your horse

  • After removing your Fly Veil from packaging, it may have creases caused by fold lines. This is easily resolved.
  • Boil your water jug at home.
  • When water is boiling, place creased area over direct steam for 3 - 5 seconds.
  • Remove from steam and push Fly Veil into the ideal shape to fit your horse.
  • Repeat if needed.
  • Do not hold Fly Veil over steam for longer than 10 seconds as it is not needed.
  • Beware Fly Veil will be hot after being over steam.
  • Do not put fingers or any body part over direct steam as it is extremely hot and will burn.
  • We recommend that the ends of all eye darts are steamed and pushed out at the same time with a utensil (see image below), this helps to stop any inverting of dart ends and creates more of the desired dome shape for full eye clearance.
  • If end of dart is indented gently push out with the end of a utensilwhile over steam.




  • Another way to make the dome more effective is to hold darts as in image below, steam then push out the area between the darts.




  • Steam side creases or creases in the main body of the Fly Veil.


  • The Ultimate Fly Veil shape.



*WARNING Remember to take care, do not let any part of your body near the steam area.



Fly Mask

Our Fly Masks are based on halter size. The size the horse is in a halter , they will also be the same size in our Fly Masks. If the horse is between sizes, we suggest going up a size as our Fly Masks are very adjustable. If you have any doubts about sizing, please contact us so we can ensure you are choosing the correct size for your horse.

Fitting a Fly Mask

1. Remove Fly Mask from packaging.

2. Check Fly Mask has no faults before placing on the horse.

3. Press eye darts so a dome is created in the black nylon mesh.

4. If not already done, push ears out to a point to eliminate pressure on the tip of the ear.

5. Slowing place Fly Mask onto your horse. Keep in mind that if the horse has never used a Fly Mask before, they may be nervous.

6. Ensure you are happy with the fit and attach both straps under the jaw. Do not over-tighten straps. There should be a two/three finger space under straps.

7. Our Fly Masks attach to our WILD Horse Combo rugs. To eliminate the gap between Combo rug and Fly Mask, using connectors, attach the Fly Mask and the Combo rug together if necessary.

 Leg Protectors

To ensure a good fit, each packet has two smaller sizes for front legs
ie: Small packet has 2 Small and 2 XSmall
     Medium Packet has 2 Medium and 2 Small
     Large packet has 2 Large and 2 Medium
     XLarge packet has 2 XLarge and 2 Large

To Fit

Full Length

Canon bone Meas.

Min Width

Max Width


























Length must be taken along back of cannon bone, not including the fetlock joint. The bottom part of the Leg Protector that is designed to fit around the fetlock joint is not part of the overall length measurement. Width is for cannon bone only, not including the fetlock joint.

Fitting the Leg Protectors

1. Remove Leg Protectors from packaging.

2. Check all four Leg Protectors to ensure there are no manufacturing faults.

3. The smaller pair will fit the front legs and the larger pair will fit the hind legs.

4. Make sure the horse's legs are clean and dry before putting Leg Protectors on.

5. Wrap the Leg Protector around the cannon bone with the straps facing the back. The Leg Protector is designed to fit around the fetlock which is why it is bigger at one end. Make sure the bigger end is around the fetlock.

6. The binding to support the Leg Protectors should be at the front and back of the cannon bone.

7. Attach Velcro strap so they are secure. Be sure not ton.

8. Repeat this process on all four legs.

Leg Protectors should be removed from the horse regularly to remove any grass seeds, mud, dirt etc.

Belly Protectors




To Fit




4'3 - 4'9




5'0 - 5'6




5'9 - 6'0




6'3 - 6'6




6'9 - 7'0

 Sizing: Choose the correct size Belly Protector to match your horse's Insect Control Rug size.

Fitting the Belly Protectors

1. Remove Belly Protector from packaging.

2. Check product to ensure no manufacturing faults.

3. Place Belly Protector on your horse without the rug first to adjust before fitting.

4. Pass the long ends of straps around your horse.

5. Adjust straps to fit securely, remove Belly Protector from your horse.

6. Lay your rug out flat, underside up.

7. Place your Belly Protector on offside side of the rug with underside up.

8. Pass each Belly Protector buckle through corresponding loops on offside of your rug, continue across rug and pass same buckles through loops on nearside. Do not connect any buckles yet.

9. Place rug and partly connected Belly Protector on your horse pull Belly Protector strap up to click buckles in place. Make sure nelprene buckle padding is against your horse for comfort.

10. Secure rug as normal.

Chest Extender

To be used if your horse is narrow across the chest and will fit to WILD Horse rugs.

Fitting the Chest Extender

1. Remove Chest Extender from package.

2. Check product for any manufacturing faults.

3. Detach unsewn soft Velcro pieces and sew to the inside of the near side chest flap.

4. Put the WILD Horse rug onto the horse and connect the back leg straps.

5. Align and attach the Velcro on the Chest Extender to the Velcro on the horse rug evenly.

6. Attach buckles to fit your horse, making sure the rug fits snugly around the horse's neck and doesn't put excess pressure on the shoulders. Make sure the rug is sitting further forward of the wither and does not hang over the back of the horse.

Leg Straps

Rug Size

Leg Strap Size

3’3 – 4’6

Small size

4’9 – 5’9

Medium Size

6’0 – 7’0

Large Size

 Fitting Leg Straps

1. Check Leg Straps to ensure you are happy with the quality and ensure there sre not manufacturing defects.

2. Attach Leg Straps through D ring underneath the rug.

3. Clip buckle to D Ring at the back of the rug. 

Eye Protectors

One size fits all.

Fitting the Eye Protectors

1. Lay hood of horse rug flat.

2. Place Eye Protector on top of eye hole and position evenly.

3. Eye Protector will be larger than eye hold of Rug/Hood.

4. Pin Eye Protector black edge trim in position and sew around edge.

5. There will be excess fabric around the eye of the Hood but leave as original, no need to trim. Hood will sit as it did before around the eye area and eyes are secured outside of this.

6. This way no rubbing will occur and only fabric will touch your horse's face, as intended.

7. Repeat instructions for other eye.





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