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    #21
    Last summer I stuffed all the dirty blankets into a 100 gallon water trough and dumped some Nikwax in there. Every day I swished them around. This soaked off all the gunk. Hauled the suckers home, used my oversized front loader, again with Nikwax, double rinse them, hang them up in the sun to dry.

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      #22
      Thank you everybody for the replies! Unfortunately there is no laundry mat where I am located. I always hang my blankets in the aisleway but they Take a week or so to dry that way. Perhaps it’s because our climate is so damp all the time. I have eight blankets in his size so I end up changing blankets quite often when it’s raining or snowing. I just can’t handle having a wet blanket on him so I usually change it in the morning and at night. I definitely need to re-waterproof my blankets and put a rain sheet on top when it’s pouring rain so he doesn’t get the blanket wet.

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        #23
        Originally posted by Fharoah View Post
        Thank you everybody for the replies! Unfortunately there is no laundry mat where I am located. I always hang my blankets in the aisleway but they Take a week or so to dry that way. Perhaps it’s because our climate is so damp all the time. I have eight blankets in his size so I end up changing blankets quite often when it’s raining or snowing. I just can’t handle having a wet blanket on him so I usually change it in the morning and at night. I definitely need to re-waterproof my blankets and put a rain sheet on top when it’s pouring rain so he doesn’t get the blanket wet.
        That number of blankets is going to be unmanageable. Get yourself a couple of good waterproof sheets for now. Also when you say wet are your blankets soaking through to the skin or just wet on the outside? If the horse is dry underneath the blanket is fine.

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          #24
          Originally posted by Scribbler View Post

          That number of blankets is going to be unmanageable. Get yourself a couple of good waterproof sheets for now. Also when you say wet are your blankets soaking through to the skin or just wet on the outside? If the horse is dry underneath the blanket is fine.
          No he’s never been wet under a blanket I just mean that he’s been standing in the rain and the top of the blanket gets wet and yucky. Do you have some good rain sheets but I’ve washed them so many times the wrong way they do need to be re-waterproofed. None of my blankets actually soak through but I feel like are not as waterproof as when I first got them. Having eight blankets allows me to usually have at least one that’s dry. Sometimes I have to bring it down to my house to dry because I don’t have a heated tack room.

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            #25
            Is your horse stalled or 24/7 turnout?

            Quickest way to dry a blanket is to bring the horse in out of the rain, toss the horse a flake of hay and walk away. Come back 30 minutes later the horses' internal furnace will have dried the blanket, take stiff brush and clean off any remaining dirt.

            I send all my blankets off to our local Horse Blanket cleaning/repair service in the spring to be cleaned/repaired/re-waterproofed as needed. Or June. Or August, whenever I get sick of seeing them piled in the garage.

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              #26
              Originally posted by Aleuronx View Post
              Is your horse stalled or 24/7 turnout?

              Quickest way to dry a blanket is to bring the horse in out of the rain, toss the horse a flake of hay and walk away. Come back 30 minutes later the horses' internal furnace will have dried the blanket, take stiff brush and clean off any remaining dirt.

              I send all my blankets off to our local Horse Blanket cleaning/repair service in the spring to be cleaned/repaired/re-waterproofed as needed. Or June. Or August, whenever I get sick of seeing them piled in the garage.
              Thank you! My horse has a large stall with a large attached turn out but he is never locked in our styles are set up that way.I live in a smaller island and there is no cleaning service.

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                #27
                I use rain sheets and liners, so I can put them (up to 3 liners at a time and one rain sheet plus the neck) into my
                large workshop washing machine and then I hang them to dry on the line across the top of the work shop with the woodstove lit to dry, I have put the liners in my workshop dryer,

                I use a product called Dry Guys waterproofing and you can get it at Buckerfields or Victoria Saddlery even. lt works really well!

                If he's still dry against his skin I think you're over-reacting and you can leave the blanket on him
                Waterproof spray for horse blankets. Superior fabric waterproofing spray specifically formulated for horse blankets and pet apparel.
                Can't learn anything with a closed mind! with thanks to mug

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                  #28
                  It's a waste of time and effort to change a blanket just because it is wet on the outside. If the blanket is dry on the inside and the horse is warm and dry underneath then the blanket is doing its job and you can leave it on for a week or more if you want.

                  The warmth of the horse helps the breathable membrane keep the water out. The blanket will often feel damper after it's off the horse and cold.

                  Rotating 8 blankets and changing them twice a day when they are still dry is just making excessive work for yourself IMHO.

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                    #29
                    Dude.
                    you are WAY overthinking this
                    horses produce a LOT of body heat, and the dampness you feel under the blanket after it’s removed from the horse and sits a while, will not be present after it gets *on * the horse.

                    You can check this yourself by putting your hands under the blanket, and feeling around. The outside may be soaked, but if your horse has dry fur, you are fine...Then take it off to ride, feel it after riding, and it will feel damp underneath.
                    Jist put it back on. Trust me, unless you’ve jacked up the waterproofing, it will be dry and toasty in about a half an hour.
                    if you are really worried, put gobs of hay under the blanket. Between horse and fabric. It will make a warm insulated air layer, and it will allow the underside to dry faster. The hay falls out and your horse has a late night snack

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                      #30
                      I washed mine in December, so it was cold but it's still sunny for me. I hung it over the fence and used the hose and brush and some detergent. Then turned it over and did the inside. Then I let it dry on the fence and turned it over a few times. It stayed sunny for two days and that was long enough to dry it completely. I hung it up in the barn instead of boxing it for a week just in case there was any trapped moisture.

                      Edit to add: As others have said, as long as the inside of the blanket is dry then it's no problem. When my mare wore hers turned out, it was usually frozen and damp on the outside early in the morning but if I checked in the afternoon, all the moisture was gone. The moisture should roll off, evaporate, whatever, as your horse warms up. If my horse felt wet under the blanket, I'd change the blanket and even towel her off before putting a fresh dry one on.

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                        #31
                        Detergents are the wrong thing to wash waterproof items with - this includes laundry detergent, wool wash and any other types of detergents made for washing clothes. Detergent is designed to attract water molecules and it will ruin the waterproofing - sometimes very quickly. If you don't want to buy the expensive stuff made for washing waterproof items, then use pure soap. I'm not in the US so I don't know what brands you have access to - just make sure it is 100% pure soap.

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                          #32
                          Originally posted by Postandrails View Post
                          Detergents are the wrong thing to wash waterproof items with - this includes laundry detergent, wool wash and any other types of detergents made for washing clothes. Detergent is designed to attract water molecules and it will ruin the waterproofing - sometimes very quickly. If you don't want to buy the expensive stuff made for washing waterproof items, then use pure soap. I'm not in the US so I don't know what brands you have access to - just make sure it is 100% pure soap.
                          Agreed.. but this has been mentioned 100x over on this site and it is sound advice. Yet folks will come on and say they washed with Tide or some other commercial cleaner and the waterproofing is "Just fine". You can't stop folks from doing what they're going to do.

                          These are likely the same folks who will bash a blanket manufacturer because their waterproofing failed after the first wash.. never making the connection.

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                            #33
                            Originally posted by Postandrails View Post
                            Detergents are the wrong thing to wash waterproof items with - this includes laundry detergent, wool wash and any other types of detergents made for washing clothes. Detergent is designed to attract water molecules and it will ruin the waterproofing - sometimes very quickly. If you don't want to buy the expensive stuff made for washing waterproof items, then use pure soap. I'm not in the US so I don't know what brands you have access to - just make sure it is 100% pure soap.
                            Question: what counts as pure soap? Would liquid Castille soap or Dr Bronner's be OK? What should I look for on the label to make sure there is no detergent?
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                              #34
                              Originally posted by Postandrails View Post
                              Detergents are the wrong thing to wash waterproof items with - this includes laundry detergent, wool wash and any other types of detergents made for washing clothes. Detergent is designed to attract water molecules and it will ruin the waterproofing - sometimes very quickly. If you don't want to buy the expensive stuff made for washing waterproof items, then use pure soap. I'm not in the US so I don't know what brands you have access to - just make sure it is 100% pure soap.
                              I brush off any dirt, dried mud, hair, Head down to the local laundromat, Rambo wash in hand.I wash with cold water in big washer, haul home to dry, on gate that has been preinspected for bird-doo.

                              I have never left hair in the machine.

                              Some sheets are 6-7 years old and still waterproof, ditto with heavy blankets.


                              Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                              Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

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                                #35
                                OP, if you don't have access to a larger commercial washer, you may try what I did when I first started out.

                                Get a large rubbermaid container.. the ones that are some 50" long by 30" wide. After dry brushing and pre-treating your blankets as I've described before, put one in that container and fill with warm water and Rambo blanket wash. Then agitate with a toilet plunger. Let sit 15 minutes, turn, then agitate again.. and repeat, and repeat. You can brush the surcingles with a mud brush and spray white vinegar on them while you're doing so.

                                Rinse in a similar fashion. Fill the tub, agitate, swap out for fresh water until it runs clear. Then hang to dry.

                                Not sure if I mentioned it before, but you can hang your horse blankets over your shower curtain bar, if it's secure enough.

                                Let the initial drip dry process happen out of doors though.

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                                  #36
                                  Originally posted by Scribbler View Post

                                  Question: what counts as pure soap? Would liquid Castille soap or Dr Bronner's be OK? What should I look for on the label to make sure there is no detergent?

                                  Scribbler, I think either should be OK, but just make sure it says "pure soap" or "pure castille soap" on the front of the packaging and then you won''t have to worry about reading the ingredients. If you want to use a bar of pure soap rather than liquid, just grate some and dissolve it in a little bit of hot water before adding it to the wash. Do you have the cheap bars of Velvet pure soap?

                                  Also, adding a cup of plain white vinegar to the rinse water will help to remove any traces of the soap left in the blanket and won't harm it at all.

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                                    #37
                                    Originally posted by Arlomine View Post
                                    Dude.
                                    you are WAY overthinking this
                                    horses produce a LOT of body heat, and the dampness you feel under the blanket after it’s removed from the horse and sits a while, will not be present after it gets *on * the horse.

                                    You can check this yourself by putting your hands under the blanket, and feeling around. The outside may be soaked, but if your horse has dry fur, you are fine...Then take it off to ride, feel it after riding, and it will feel damp underneath.
                                    Jist put it back on. Trust me, unless you’ve jacked up the waterproofing, it will be dry and toasty in about a half an hour.
                                    if you are really worried, put gobs of hay under the blanket. Between horse and fabric. It will make a warm insulated air layer, and it will allow the underside to dry faster. The hay falls out and your horse has a late night snack
                                    ROFL!

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