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  1. #1
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    Question Uses for Old Turnout Blankets?

    So my horse comes up to the gate yesterday with his blanket in shreds. It is beyond repair, trust me. I can't really complain though, since it was over 10 years old (yay, Riders brand from Dover!).

    My question: that seems like too much fabric to simply toss in the garbage. I thought I'd remove the hardware and either keep it as spares or recycle it (some of it got very bent).

    I do have a sewing machine, but I hesitate to try re-making it into something else (like dog beds) because of the stink factor.

    Any creative ideas? I hate to just toss it.

    Many thanks!



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    I donate my damaged blankets to the woman who does blanket repair in my area. If they can be saved, she'll repair them & donate to a rescue. Blankets that are beyond repair become "organ donars," she can cut patches, salvage hardware & straps and such from the remains.
    ~ A true friend knows all there is to know about you and still likes you. -E. Hubbard


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    Thanks, Mia. I'm not aware of a specific blanket repair person in my neck of the woods, but I'll ask around. I also thought about seeing if my local shoe repair place would want the hardware.



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    I think you are right on track--save the hardware and some of the fabric for future blanket repairs, or make a dog bed, if you can get the blanket clean enough. I'll lay old horse blankets over a pile of hay or straw in the barn to make a cozy bed for the dogs.


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    I have made them in to quarter sheets.
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    Most animal rescues have blankets on their wish list. Take off hardware & bring down to local kitty/dog shelter.



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    I donate all my old and battered blankets and saddle pads to our local shelter, they make great dog and kitty beds!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Druid Acres View Post
    My question: that seems like too much fabric to simply toss in the garbage. I thought I'd remove the hardware and either keep it as spares or recycle it (some of it got very bent).
    I would keep it to use the hardware when needed and the fabric for patching!
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