Horse Blanket Care Tips to Help Maintain Functionality through Winter

horse blanket careHorses can be rough on their blankets, so sometimes a bit of mid-season horse blanket care and cleaning is required to help your blankets be as functional as they can. After being worn for a couple months, there are a few challenges that arise with blankets in the middle of the season, and we have the solutions for all your horse blanket care needs!

Challenge:  My beautiful horse blanket is caked in mud and dirt!muddy blanket
Solution:  You should only wash your blankets once a year at the end of the season, as over-washing can damage the integrity of the blanket. While mud and dirt on the exterior of a blanket does not affect the blanket’s functionality, it does look unsightly. Spruce up your blanket’s visual appeal by first letting any wet mud dry completely; then use a hard brush, Brillo pad or grill scrubber to remove the caked dirt from the fabric.

Challenge:  The hook-and-loop closures on my blanket aren’t sticking well anymore!
Solution:  Refresh hook-and-loop closures with a hook-and-loop brush to remove shavings and dirt that have gotten stuck in the material. This kind of brush has wire bristles which work wonderfully to make hook-and-loop closures work like new again.

Challenge:  My horse was out in the rain/snow all day and my blanket is soaking wet!
Solution:  Hang your blanket on a swinging arm blanket rack like the 3 Arm Rug Rack or the European Horse Clothing Rack. These types of blanket racks allow air to circulate around the blanket, which helps the exterior of the blanket dry completely faster. Make sure to flip the blanket inside out and hang it that way as well if it has gotten wet on the underside at all.

Challenge:  My tail cords and leg strap snaps are covered in manure- the snaps won’t manure leg strapopen and close!
Solution:  Soak leg straps or tail cords once a week in warm water to remove manure buildup. It’s also a good idea to have extra leg straps on hand in case one gets broken too much to repair. If your tail cords are routinely becoming too dirty from manure, you can replace them with the Rambo® Bungee Tail Cords, which are plastic-coated for very easy cleaning.

Challenge:  My horse ripped his blanket!Solution:  While most blankets are very durable, rips and tears do sometimes happen. Some rips are bad enough that the blanket needs to be replaced, but temporary repairs can be done with heavy-duty waxed thread or a blanket repair kit like this one from Horseware®, which includes nylon patches, Stormsure glue and easy instructions.

With our arsenal of blanket accessories and replacement parts, horse blanket care and maintenance throughout the winter is easy. It’s always a good idea to have spare replacement parts, such as surcingle stoppers, elastic surcingles, clip replacements and the leg straps we mentioned before, around the barn for when they are needed, so your blanket is always in functional condition.

Let us know in the comments how you maintain your blankets through the season!

5 Tips for Reducing Horse Tack Clutter

 

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Over time horse tack and other equipment can accumulate and make your tack room and barn aisles overcrowded. Barn clutter does more than just make a barn look messy. Extraneous items in barn aisles can get in the way, impede movement and cause potentially harmful situations. With winter and blanketing season approaching, the aisles can become even more chaotic as wet blankets are hung to dry and various blanketing layers are stored around stalls. Start with these tips to reduce the horse tack clutter around your barn:

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Smooth Out Your Horse Tack Cleaning

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There’s no denying it: cleaning your horse tack is a chore. At the end of a long day of other barn chores and schooling or showing, you’re tired, your body aches, and the last thing you want to do is more work. Cleaning your horse tack, however, is essential to preserving the life of your tack and keeping it in working condition. Having tack that functions as it should keeps accidents from happening while you’re using it. Dry, cracking stirrup leathers or bridle parts can snap, putting you in a risky situation. Make sure you have what you need to take proper care of your tack items, and set yourself up to clean everything in a streamlined process.

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Helmet Care: Maintain, Clean, Protect in 7 Steps

helmet care

As the most important piece of equipment you will use when riding, your riding helmet does a lot of work for you, so make sure you return the favor and keep it protected and in perfect working condition. Helmet care and maintenance isn’t hard, but it is important. Follow these 7 steps to help ensure your helmet is there for you when you need it.

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5 Tips to Keep Your Fleece Saddle Pad and Girth Cover Pristine

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High-quality saddle pads and girth covers not only ensure your horse’s comfort, they also help to protect an expensive saddle. Horse tack and equipment that’s intended to last for years is an investment. If you want a new fleece saddle pad or girth cover to provide your horse with the comfort and protection it needs for an extended period of time, you must take proper care of it. Use this guide to clean and maintain your fleece tack, and ensure your favorite items ride the distance with you.

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11 Organizing Tips to Keep Your Barn Clutter Free

When it comes to your barn, maintaining a clutter-free space is more about safety than aesthetics. Debris, clutter and disorganization can spook your horse, increase the risk of injury and lead to other safety hazards. As you care for your horse, barn cleaning and maintenance should be a regular part of the routine. Make it easier on yourself and more effective by incorporating these 11 organizing tips to keep your barn clutter-free.

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3 Tips for Organizing a Barn

Spring has arrived (at last!) in many regions of the country. If you’re like most riders, you’re enjoying the fresh air and sunshine and the warmth of the sun as you ride. Spring is also a time for organizing your barn. Tack and riding equipment have a funny way or piling up and getting disheveled during long, cold winter months, and the thaw of Spring is a perfect reason to tidy up the barn.

Here are a few tips to help you organize your barn for Spring:

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