I'll be honest Whichever end I get to first
Going to agree with Mirawee here, the belly straps get cut off straight away and the majority of the time mine are yarded or tied up when putting rugs on or off and then its chest first then legsI personally never do up belly straps They get cut off they first time the rug is used as they are generally too loose (are our horse meant to be obese?) and unless they are firm on the horse's belly I have seen back legs caught throught them after rolling!
OMG... How you have made me laugh Eoroe.. My little Minx shows her displeasure with rugging, if she thinks she doesn't need one, by threatening a kick and squealing (legs straps first) nibbling my hair (chest straps next) then nipping my (not small) bottom surcingles last... all with halter afixed... Rugging can indeed be dangerous..Well I just hold onto the hind leg whilst doing up the leg straps first.......stops them from running away....*#)
NAHHHH serioustly......halter on, legs straps first (unless their us a velcro tab at the front then that gets done first), them front straps, then belly, then next.
Reverse procedure for removal......
REGARDLESS. Rugging is dangerous.....and if you have a stunt horse - or a flexi legged thing then they will find a way to do something stupid with them.....
Ive seen mouthy things get their bottom jaws stuck in their chest straps....deerrr.
The only horse I will not secretly hold my breath - pray - hope for the best when they wear a rug is the ones out the front of horse shops.... however even they can get the rug over their heads...Ive seen it - lol *#)