When my horse's turnout sheet is covered in dry mud or dirt, I brush it off with a medium stiff plastic brush. Will this do something to whatever is on the fabric that makes it waterproof? In some spots the fabric is starting to look a bit fuzzy, either from brushing or from his rolling in the same spot.
I hate getting a faceful of dirt when taking off the sheet!
The waterproofing is on the inside so you shouldn't do any damage. I brush my turnouts off, or even better, run the horse vac over them before taking them off the horse (if dry). I also try to brush the mud and such off prior to washing them as I don't want too much muck in my washer/septic (I wash mine at home).
i'm pretty sure i've read about doing that in recommendations for cleaning turnouts before. i would avoid scrubbing in one particular spot, obviously, but i do this all the time when they're really dirty. usually while still on the horse to avoid getting too much of the dirt on me.
buy 2, then hose off one and let it dry normally - no need to brush off
or wash it in expensive dryers etc
are you my daughter ? no, she would have three to make sure the hosed off one was fully dry before putting back on darling horsey... but then if the third was not needed she would get another horse which would require another sheet... so you need four not two.