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  1. #1
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    Default Will brushing a turnout ruin the waterproofing?

    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!



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    Absolutely not; brush away! I've been doing so for years, as has pretty much every other horse-owner I know who blankets.
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    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).



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    Quote Originally Posted by coloredhorse View Post
    Absolutely not; brush away! I've been doing so for years, as has pretty much every other horse-owner I know who blankets.
    Same here !
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    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.



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    I have always wondered about this too... I use a stiff brush but a few of my blankets are looking at little ragged and I'm not sure if my brushing has anything to do with it!



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    buy 2, then hose off one and let it dry normally - no need to brush off
    or wash it in expensive dryers etc



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    Quote Originally Posted by goeslikestink View Post
    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.



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