I wash all my horse clothes in our front load washer. I have a Kenmore Elite HE3. I'm not sure how old it is, but I would buy another one in a heartbeat!! I can fit an 81 Rambo Heavyweight with neck cover in it. I make sure I always do the load on cold water so it doesn't destroy the waterproofing on the blankets.
Dee Thbd-I also wash my Back on Track items in the washer. Just be sure to use cold water and line dry only. Once I made the mistake of putting a BoT sock in the dryer and it kinda melted!
I have found that you can remove excess hair from coolers, etc by lightly running a shedding blade(just like you would do to shed out a horse) over the hairy spots to loosen up the hair so it can be removed before laundering.
I used to in my condo, the washing machine it came with was a front-loader and handled them well.
The current rental has a flimsy top loader. I tried a few times, choosing the delicate/no-spin option (because it wandered all over the laundry room the one time I tried spin!), but it still sucks.
Now I wash it off with a hose at the barn right after a ride.
Yep, but I vacuum as much horse hair off as I can before hand and run a rinse cycle afterwords. The pads come out clean regardless but when my parents notice any horse hair in the washer, I'm in trouble! I've washed pads, as well as ear nets and polos, (in mesh bags though), and never had an issue.
Since I can use them in rotation, I do my best not let them become too dirty before washing them. If there is lots of hair, I just brush it off as much as I can.
I'm lucky my mare isn't that furry, dark bay and I clip her for winter time. The gelding I also train is white and this is a PITA! White hair all over... I try to wash his things the last...
I do have an old washing machine at my parents, in their garage, that has been installed there just for my horse clothes! It's like more than 25yrs old but I swear this is the best machine ever!!!
Blankets, I do have a few as well that I put in rotation too. During summer and winter, I wash them as needed but at the end of winter, I have them all cleaned and repaired by a pro cleaner.
Wash everything at home, including turnouts, and give it a 2nd rinse with vinegar. I have an old Kenmore extra large capacity heavy duty top load washer. I can fit one medium weight turnout in there and they come out sparkling clean. I use regular laundry detergent for everything but the turnouts. For those I either use nikwax or the rambo wash stuff. Everything but the turnouts also goes into the dryer.
I do have a lot of pads and wash them after every use.
I send horse blankets (winter blankets) to the horse laundry. Easy, cheap, re-waterproofed, no cowpies in the house...(well, on the horse blankets. I get lots of cowpie on my own clothes, since I AI breed 450 cows a year...)
Wraps, saddle blankets, I put in my own washing machine. An old-style, extra capacity, lots-of-water-using agitator one. I vacuum the saddle pads, first, and that does a LOT for the level of dirt and hair.
I would NOT buy a high-efficiency washing machine. I just have too much laundry that involves cow manure. Those machines can get 'not really actually dirty' laundry, such as work-in-a-cubicle-wear, bath towels, and such, clean. But if you get actually DIRTy, you need a tub full of water and an agitator, or a real, commercial front-loading washing machine. The last time I went to shop for a washing machine, the honest sales rep fellow told me that in order to get my clothes clean, I would need an agitator or a commercial machine, and he told me how a private household can get a commercial machine. I ended up getting an old, completely rebuilt agitator machine off craigslist. Next time I need a washing machine, it will be the commercial one, although those old agitators stand up to a lot of use.
I do, by the way, have our own water well on the property, and am not in a highly populated area, so the use of water is more of an energy use issue than a water use/conservation issue.
I've washed sheets, coolers, polo's, standing wraps, saddle pads, ect. in our washer. My dad kinda grumbles about it, but really it's no worse than washing the fleece blankets that are on the dog beds. The only time there was quite a bit of hair left over in the washer was in the spring and I washed my cooler that I had been using several times a week on a very very hairy shedding horse.