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How To... Measure Your Horse's Girth

It is easy to measure your horse's heart girth. This measurement can be helpful for several things including getting an estimate on the size of the cinch your horse will need, and for calculating an estimate of a horse's weight.

Measuring Heart Girth

To measure a horse's heart girth, measure from the base of the withers down to a couple of inches behind the horse's front legs, under the belly, then up the opposite side to where you started. Notice this will cause your tape measure to run at an angle as shown by the blue line in the photograph at right.

The measurement you arrive at is your horse's heart girth.

Measure horse girth (aka heart girth)

Why Measure Your Horse's Girth?

Like we said above, knowing how to measure your horse's girth can come in handy for several things, including:

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