Looking for very very basic cotton sheets that wash well and come in mondo big sizes
Ever come to that mid-winter point where you feel guilty because your horses have been wearing their turnout blankets for weeks and weeks and they're a little dirty/cruddy inside-- but it's too cold to wash and hang them to dry and anyway the horses need them?
Yeah, I feel like my kids are re-wearing underwear.
Someone posted a good idea which never occured to me-- but thin/inexpensive cotton stable sheets and always layer under the turnouts. Then you can take home and wash the layer right up against the horse.
Sounds like a brilliant idea to me. Only I have one horse that needs a size 86/87 and another that needs an 81/82 and dangit if it's not really hard to find basic basic sheets in the big sizes. I find a lot of high-end nice show/dress/day sheets-- but that's not what I want. Or thicker/heavier almost canvas type sheets. Again, not what I want. I don't want to add warmth, I just want something thin, cheap, and washable that I can buy multiples of. I want a super thin utility sheet with cross surcingles that comes in big huge sizes. Plus if it comes in basic old colors like black/navy.
I have never seen a lined cotton sheet. I find that without a sateen type liner they are more likely to get rubs and rough coated.
I had a polarfleece liner on Finnegan for a week and it made his rough where he was clipped- even on his barrel not just on his shoulders.
Just food for thought.
Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)
I used this liner on my mare all one winter when she was body clipped. VERY easy to wash!!
Plus being nylon it didn't get "stuck" in one position on her and cause rubs. She wore it underneath her Schneiders stable blanket when indoors and under her big heavy turnout when outdoors.
A lot of big breed show barns I worked in waaaaaay back in the day dressed all their horses in a nylon sheet practically year round. When it got cold, they would layer stable blankets over the nylon sheet.
Scrolled down further thru Schneiders and saw this:
I use the inexpensive cotton stable sheets from Dover as my horse's "underwear." But it doesn't look like they come big enough I also use his Baker sheet, but those aren't inexpensive! Both the Dover and the Baker wash well. They both get washed at least once a week (I switch them out every few days). I dry them on low heat, but otherwise, they are good to go. I don't find they rub, and my horse (who can be really weird about they way things lay on him) is comfortable in them both.
The only problem with the inexpensive Dover one is you get what you pay for. My horse is small (a 75) and NOT a fat horse. I had to let one surcingle out to the end to get it fit him. Most of his other rugs and sheets are cinched up as tight as they'll go!
My horse has 2 of these, his owner has had them for at least 3-4 years, and they've held up well.
They go up to an 84 http://greenhawk.com/wdItemDesc.asp?...ricSKU=BLS0300
He wears them under his rainsheet, midweight and his heavy. The older one has a rip at the shoulder gusset that needs repairing, but that'll get done in the spring.
They also carry these: http://greenhawk.com/wdItemDesc.asp?...ricSKU=BLS1546
Which go up to an 86. It's their house brand "faker-Baker" line. I haven't had this particular sheet, but the Shedrow stuff has held up decent on my guy, who got picked on a ton at the least barn and is still low on the totem pole with a mouthy horse.
Appreciate all the suggestions, I would not have found some of these on my own. I bought a Centaur sheet for each horse from Victory Canter and depending how I like those, I'll either get another set or try one of the other suggestions for their 2nd set (since, to make this plan work, I need 2 sheets for each so I can swap out and take one set home to wash periodically). Thanks! I wish I had thought of this at the beginning of the winter, before the crudded up the inside of their turnouts!
Update, I got a Centaur nylon sheet for each horse. Somerset got a Smartpak cotton sheet. Frankie got a WB Koolcoat. By far I like the Centaur sheets. They are super light, the turnouts slip right over them, and they smooth the coat. The other sheets work find too, but boy the Centaur sheets are PERFECT! They do run HUGE!