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  • How do you dry your blankets in winter?

    It seems like we always get a few back to back days of nasty wet weather in VA in the winter. My horses come in at night, they're out all day. So, how do you dry your turnout blankets/sheets overnight so they can be worn again the next day? Last year I hung them on the crossties but that is sort of a pain... I'm trying to come up with a better plan for this year. (My house is too far away from my barn to take them in the house or garage to dry, and the tack room is not heated.)

    Does anyone use these? http://www.smartpakequine.com/produc...ctClassid=4218 If so, do they work? I've thought about buying them since I could just hang them up high in my aisle.

    Thoughts???

  • #2
    are they waterproof & breathable turnouts?

    In the wet seattle area, every barn i've been to just keeps them on the horses when they come in. give 'em extra hay and the horse's body heat will dry those way faster than hanging them.

    unless they are soaked through- if the horse is wet underneath then that obviously is not a good idea.
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    • #3
      If one blanket is wet, they are all wet! We hang ours on baling twine stretched like clotheslines in the never-used hallway with decent ventilation. I can hang about 10 blankets in there with room for air to circulate.

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        #4
        Yes, they are waterproof turnouts, what I'm referring to is when they come in from soaking rain and are a little damp under even the most waterproof of blankets, so leaving them on isn't an option. Plus on very cold nights they get stable blankets-- I have two older guys who have trouble keeping weight on. So sometimes they may only need a TO sheet during the rainy day, but need a stable blanket at night.

        Brockstables, I have a 12x12 storage room and was also thinking about doing a "clothes line" to dry them in there... not sure how many I can dry that way though. I can do one horse sized one and one pony sized one on the crossties in my aisle, but need room to dry more.

        I'd love to hear from someone that has tried those hangers I referenced from SmartPak... really wondering if they're worth it because they could hang up high in the aisle and fold out of the way.

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        • #5
          I read a tip somewhere about a woman who installed a Retractable Clothesline. This way, when she needed to hang a blanket, she had an instant clothesline.

          A few options:

          --Versaline Clothes Line - multiple lines

          --Whitney Design Line - single line

          --Moorman Dual Line - dual line

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          • #6
            Originally posted by KPF View Post
            It seems like we always get a few back to back days of nasty wet weather in VA in the winter. My horses come in at night, they're out all day. So, how do you dry your turnout blankets/sheets overnight so they can be worn again the next day? Last year I hung them on the crossties but that is sort of a pain... I'm trying to come up with a better plan for this year. (My house is too far away from my barn to take them in the house or garage to dry, and the tack room is not heated.)

            Does anyone use these? http://www.smartpakequine.com/produc...ctClassid=4218 If so, do they work? I've thought about buying them since I could just hang them up high in my aisle.

            Thoughts???
            I have them in my barn. You have to hang them really high, (or maybe it seems so to me because I'm vertically challanged ). They work about the same as a basic clothesline, as long as its not too cold, the blankets will dry over night. I just swing them out from the wall so there's plenty of airflow between them. I was afraid they would sag and not hold the weight of a mid weight turnout blanket, but they do just fine.

            And I hear ya... I'm in MD and the weather fluctuations around here make blanketing a royal PITA. Mine are nekkid today because I didn't have time to knock the mud off and get them dry this morning before going to work.

            Another shortcut I picked up is to hose the horses off, sheet and all, when they're really muddy, then just hang them up to dry.
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            • #7
              Hanging in the barn is fine, but what do you do if the temp is below 32?
              Dont they freeze, rather than dry?
              I have a heated tack room that I hang mine in, but honestly.... I leave them on the horse and come morning the blankets are dry and the horses are warm and content. Though the outer shell is wet, the blanket still traps the animals body heat and they dry pretty quickly. Even if there is a little dampness under the blanket, which is rare.

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              • #8
                I agree with drying on the horse if possible. One approach is to put a polarfleece under the damp sheet. It keeps the horse warm, and lets the horse's body temp warm and dry the sheet. I only have one beast, so I bring really wet sheets inside the house to the basement with the de-humidifier. I love those things.

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                • #9
                  more versatile than the swinging blanket bar is using the gladiator gear track from sears and using the utility hook to hold the blankets (sears also has another model that isn't as expensive that would work too, versa track i believe). http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...or+accessories and you can use any type hook, i like the utility hook or the one for hoses. the utility one http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...or+accessories holds turnouts really well with the ring at the withers with the body heat of three horses, the barn is toasty -- and i live in SD!

                  I have mine hung in the wash rack so when all the rain and snow melts, it goes down the drain and doesn't create a mess some where else. In the summer I'll hang fly sheets, coolers, etc. or bridles while tacking up.

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                    #10
                    ooh... jollytrak, now THAT is a cool idea and one I'd have never thought of. THIS is why I love COTH!

                    Will go to Sears and check that out... it'd be more versatile and less expensive than the blanket dryers from Smartpak.

                    Thanks!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KPF View Post
                      Does anyone use these? http://www.smartpakequine.com/produc...ctClassid=4218 If so, do they work? I've thought about buying them since I could just hang them up high in my aisle.

                      Thoughts???
                      I do use those and they do work BUT they are hanging right over the baseboard heater in the tack room. I do agree that unless your horse is wet underneath your turnout to leave them on the horse if at all possible. Obviously if you need to remove a wet turn out to ride, the water will just soak through. Course if you did like I did and bought a brand new TO from Schneider's only to find it soaked through even on the horse, then you're screwed.

                      I returned it 2 wks ago and haven't heard anything. They are on my agenda today to find out WTF they are doing about it.
                      Sue

                      I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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                      • #12
                        I agree with the leave it on the horse option if at all possible. Obviously, if the rain is over, you still need a place to dry the blankets before putting them away.

                        What I did in my barn is use the single J shaped hooks designed for hanging bicycles or heavy things and installed them high on the door frame of my center aisle barn at both ends. Since all my blankets have tail straps, I simply put the tail strap through a rake and hoist it up onto the J hook. It can get a bit heavy if it's a soaked blanket, but it does work. On a breezy day with both sliding barn doors open, the blankets can dry pretty quickly.

                        Gotta say the Sears idea looks really good, too...
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                        • #13
                          I bought swing out saddle racks from ebay that I put up high by each horse's stall. They are similar to
                          these:

                          http://cgi.ebay.com/Tough-1-Swivel-W...item3ca6e014d9

                          But mine are plain black tubing and were cheaper. (They are probably still on ebay -- I just did not look through every page to find them.)

                          I put them up high enough so that blankets will not hit the floor, so I have to stand on a little stool to hang them, but I love the system.

                          The hangers are out of the way all year and each stall has one, so there is no pile of wet blankets in one place.

                          [I got the idea from the last barn that I was at which had the fancy blanket hangers which the OP linked to. Those are so big -- unnecessarily big -- that they get in the way all year round. All you need is a short stem to hang the chest piece over.]
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                          • #14
                            Maybe sitting nearby with a cup of coffee and a leafblower to help speed things along for a short while before leaving them to dry overnight?
                            Also wring, wring, wring them out. The more water left in them, the longer it takes to dry.
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                            Hold onto the bridle!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
                              Maybe sitting nearby with a cup of coffee and a leafblower to help speed things along for a short while before leaving them to dry overnight?
                              Also wring, wring, wring them out. The more water left in them, the longer it takes to dry.

                              MistyBlue,

                              The picture of you sitting in your barn aisle with a cup of coffee in one hand an a leaf blower in the other, spraying your wet turnouts absolutely cracks me up. Not that it is a bad idea -- I think it's sitting down with the cup of coffee part that makes me laugh.

                              Especially on a rainy, ugly night with smelly wet horses when the barn is the last place I want to be spending *quality* time in the evening.
                              Last edited by Lord Helpus; Oct. 29, 2009, 07:23 PM.
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                              • #16
                                how about using tack cleaning hooks?

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                                • #17
                                  I put some nails up on a barn beam out of the traffic area and hang the two I have stretched from the rings where the leg strap clips attach. The problem is getting them to dry. Unheated barn, so when it is around the freezing mark and raining, nothing dries! At that point I have to haul them to the basement in the house. Since my guys have very heavy coats, I only use them when it is around the freezing mark and blowing horizontal rain for a long time. Probably more for my comfort, since I don't think they have ever been soaked to the skin! They are Tuffrider fleece lined rain sheets. More useful in winter to put on the horse after riding so they can dry off, as they are out 24/7 with a big run in.
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                                  • #18
                                    forgot to mention i usually just leave them on, or switch blankets completely

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                                    • #19
                                      Buy Rambos. They don't leak or get wet underneath. Blankets always dry better when still on the horse but obviously would never leave a blanket that is not totally waterproof and leaks on a horse overnight. Good blankets are worth their weight in gold.

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                                        #20
                                        Cloverbarley, some of mine are Rambos... to me, regardless of quality, you do sometimes have days where the rain is so heavy that even under the best blanket they are a bit damp. That doesn't happen very often, so the biggest issue for me is that I often need to switch a wet TO sheet for a heavier stable blanket at night for my oldies.

                                        I think I'm going to try the Sears versatrak thing and see how that works... thanks everyone for the suggestions!

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