This activity will help you test your knowledge of fitting travel gear.
How does the strapper check the rug is the right size for the horse?
The front of the rug should sit above the point of shoulder and in front of the withers so it does not rub. It should be long enough to cover the point of buttock but not so long that it drags over the hips and tail.
How tight should the leg straps be on the rug?
There has to be some looseness in the straps so the horse can move, lay down and get up. If they are too loose they can get caught around the hocks or the rug will slide to one side.
Which float boot goes on which side?
The tabs should face towards the tail and be on the outside of the leg so they are less likely to be brushed open. It is also easier for the strapper to adjust them.
What part of the leg does the front float boot cover?
The knee has to be free so that the horse can bend its leg. If you need to protect the knee it is better to add separate knee boots.
What part of the leg does the back boot cover?
If the gaskin and or hock were included in the boot it would be very hard for the horse to walk. If you have a horse that kicks in the trailer or truck you can use special hock boots to protect the horse.
What precautions does the strapper take when fitting the tail guard?
It is important to get all of the tail hair inside the guard so that it does not rub.