Some helpful tips for maintaining your horse blankets:
- Wash your winter blankets at least twice a year, especially have them cleaned before you put them away for the summer. Dirty blankets will fade and degrade over time. Cleaning them regularly will extend their life.
- Have at least two blankets, while one is being cleaned and dried your horse can wear the other.
- Use a nylon sheet or blanket liner underneath your main blanket, and then have that washed more frequently than the outer "shell."
- Blankets with fleece or cotton linings tend to cause more rubbing against the horse's hair and absorb more dirt, sweat, urine, etc. than blankets with a thin nylon lining.
- Extremely dirty blankets have absorbed sweat, dirt, urine, etc. and all these things cause unhealthy conditions for your horse.
- Always clean blankets before putting them on a different horse.
- Line-dry horse blankets. Conventional dryers are often too hot and cause the webbing and materials to melt, or buckles to crack.
- Buy high-quality heavier blankets to begin with, you will not have to repair them as frequently and they will last MUCH longer than the cheaper versions.
Other things to know:
- Light colored blankets will often retain some stains from manure and urine.
- Some fabrics can change color due to being covered in manure and urine over long periods of time.