Okay, I may have a problem.... :/ I got mine from Big D's I think. It is so still and hard! I have soaked it, stuck in in the washing machine a couple of times, used it a fair bit...but it is still so stiff and hard.
Is that the way they are supposed to be? I thought it would soften up and be softer but still scratchy.
No, you aren't doing anything wrong. You can't mistreat a cactus cloth. And it's supposed to be scratchy! Also, a cactus cloth becomes relatively flexible. The real flexibility is achieved just by using the sucker.
I suppose you could leave it on a fence in the rain for a while.
But really, just use it all crumpled up and let your horse do the work.
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Okay, I needed new stirrup leathers as well so just ordered one from Greenhawk. $5.99 for the cloth, and with the leathers shipping was $9.95. I am eagerly awaiting its arrival! I am sure my TB will love the face rubbing part.
I like to use it to rub/massage along my geldings neck, shoulder, back, and hindquarter muscles as a bit of a massage after work. I noticed that the massage invariably makes him drop, so now I also use my cactus cloth to bring out mister bashful so I can attend to the periodic cleanings!
I briefly scanned this thread but I'm not sure if anyone mentioned that Equus Now has them on their website for $8.95 each, and I think they are 20% off still with the Black Friday sale still going on online.