Do You "Wash" Your Turnouts During the Winter?
...or wait until blanket season is over?
As a long-time horse person, but first-year HO, I'm running into "dilemmas" I've not had to face before. :o
For instance, I am coming out of winter with a pile of dirty turnout sheets and blankets (inside and out) and wondering if I should have done more than just knock off the mud with a stiff brush a few times a week. While they are definitely not hurting him, after 5 months of almost constant wear, they're stinky and muddy/dusty and certainly not anything I'd want wrapped around me.
Problem is, my washer is nowhere near equipped to clean anything more than a stable sheet or knit and its been waaay too freakin' cold this winter to hose off outside (plus, we don't have access to hot water at the barn). So my only option really, is to send them to a professional (which I am planning to do shortly before I put them away til next winter) or go to the sketchy laundry mat in the next town over. :no:
What do you guys do? Any innovative tips for keeping them cleaner - on the inside at least - or getting them clean during blanket season without sending them off?
ETA: I do have more than one sheet/blanket as backups, so letting one dry over night - or two - wouldn't be a big deal.