Horse blankets should be hung to dry, rather than put in a dryer. Heat can destroy waterproofing or damage some of the fabrics in modern horse blankets, or melt the glue that holds laminated portions together. Don’t put them in a clothes dryer unless it has a drying cycle that utilizes cool air.
How do you dry a horse blanket?
Line—dry your blankets, on a clothesline or over a fence, preferably in the sun and wind to remove all moisture. Do not tumble dry them, because any forced heat can damage the fabric. Once completely dry, store them in a moisture-tight bag or trunk until the next time you use them.
Can you take horse blankets to the laundromat?
Many times horse blankets, horse sheets, and turnout blankets and cannot be washed in a home washing machine and must be taken to the laundromat. But some lightweight sheets, turnout sheets, dress sheets, rain covers, and quarter sheets can be watched in a home washing machine.
What happens if you put a blanket in the dryer?
When using a clothes dryer to dry your blanket, keep the heat setting between low and medium. Higher heats might shrink the blanket, or cause synthetic materials like polyester to scorch.
How often should you waterproof a horse blanket?
A quality annual waterproof treatment should last one year, so essentially, you could retreat a turnout for several years and still save money.
How do you dry a horse fast?
To dry your horse quickly, rub him briskly with a dry towel. Leave the wet hair standing up, rather than slicking it down, to encourage quick drying. If you have a cooler, use it. The cooler will help wick away moisture and prevent your horse from getting chilled.
How do you get the smell out of horse blankets?
rubbing alcohol. Or soak them in a tub of water and rubbing alcohol then wash them in a dishsoap like ivory classic or dawn. Don’t use anything perfumeing on them as the perfume base could cause your horse to break out.
What soap can I use to wash my horse?
Wet down the tail thoroughly, making sure to soak the hair down to the tail bone. You will probably have to work to get through a thick tail. Separate the hair to make sure you are getting beyond the surface. Some horse owners and grooms use human shampoo or a mild dish soap such as clear Ivory to bathe their horses.
Is Dawn safe for horses?
Dish soap is about 7. If your horse has really oily skin/hair diluted dish soap is fine. pH levels in human shampoos vary from 5 to 10, baby shampoo being about 5. Something to keep in mind if your really worried about it, wash your horse often or notice skin/hair issues after using a product.