• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Washing saddle pads

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Washing saddle pads

    How often do you wash your saddle pads? How do you wash them...house, laundromat, what kind of detergent, how many rinses, etc etc?
    Thanks!

  • #2
    I wash them when they start to look like they need washing I wash at home, in my top-load agitator washing machine, with Woolite and bleach (if they're white.) I usually leave the pads on soak for a couple hours. They run through again with no soap and are line dried.

    Comment


    • #3
      I wash them as necessary. I brush all the hair off the underside (well, during fuzzy season) and use Shout all over the underside nd then regular detergent in the machine. I wash them at my house, no more than three in my regular washing machine, and I normally send them through twice and then shove them in the dryer. All my pads are sturdy, and besides if one gets ruined then I get to go shopping for a replacement!
      I love my Econo-Nag!

      Comment


      • #4
        I use baby pads, and when they get dirty (say, after five uses or so, depending on the horse/amount of sweat), I wash them at home in my regular machine. Small amount of detergent, large amount of bleach, then dry.
        COTH's official mini-donk enabler

        "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl

        Comment


        • #5
          During the summer, I washed them at least weekly.

          Winter, not usually in as much work, every few weeks or as needed.

          I wash them at home now (previous boarding barn had a washer/dryer for saddle pads, wraps, etc., I miss that!) Top loader, normal cycle, normal detergent (whatever I have on hand, no fabric softener, no special rinse cycle.

          Comment


          • #6
            I've had good luck washing them in a top-loading agitator. I use Tide Free cuz... that's what I use for everything, pretty much.

            I don't stick them in the dryer, though - was afraid to. Basically, I drape them over something. They dry quickly, usually in less than 24 hours (except on hot humid days in the summer).

            Comment


            • #7
              I dump mine in my home front loader with normal detergent, and also add some Oxy stain remover, I also dry the schooling pads in dryer on low temp. Showing saddle pads get air dry treatment and delicate wash cycle

              Comment


              • #8
                Get tough or die policy here. I have several lightweight pads that are all roughly the same color (or at least they are now...) When the pile has diminished, I throw them in the washer (front loader) with All Free and Clear (because it's what I use for everything) then put them in the drier. White show pads get washed separately with some bleach.

                Comment


                • #9
                  I wash them when they're quite dirty, in the home front-loader, with regular detergent and fabric softener. All but the sheepskin ones go in the dryer, too. I refuse to coddle a saddle pad.
                  Click here before you buy.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Well, I ride treeless so I have a really expensive Toklat Woolback (100% wool) with inserts. I have washed it one time in the 8 or so months I've owned it. And I ride several times a week! I hate coddling saddle pads too but I make an exception for this one.

                    What I do is lay it on the driveway and use a rubber curry comb to gently brush it in all directions to loosen dirt and hair. Then I use the shop vac.

                    Everytime I ride, I lay the pad out upside down so the sweat dries as quick as possible.

                    The one time I washed it, I used no detergent at all, did two rounds on the gentle cycle, then dried it on the line. It worked out fine.

                    This is pretty much how the endurance tack place instructed me to care for the pad so it lasts for many years.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I have a plain white pad only policy, which makes my cleaning routine easier.

                      I wash mine every few rides--or every day this time of year when the horses are coated in mud--in my top-loading washer. They get washed, three at a time, in hot water with normal detergent, oxyclean and bleach when they're really bad. They also all dry in my dryer. Mine last for years with this treatment.

                      When it's shedding season, I generally do several loads of pads, then run an empty wash with some bleach before washing my clothes in the machine.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        I use a dressage pad that has a velvety look/feel to it. The directions say okay to wash in a front end loader but we don't have one. I tried washing in a top loader and the agitator rubs the pad wearing it. It kinda sticks there. So now I put warm water and dish detergent in the bath tub, soak for about thirty min. and then go over the pad with a soft brush while it's under water. I do let it drip til it doesn't drip any more (very absorbant pads) and then put in the dryer on permanent press til dry.
                        You know why cowboys don't like Appaloosas?" - Answer: Because to train a horse, you have to be smarter than it is.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Orvis soap!! Gets them totally clean and no residue to bother horse. Wash when visibly dirty/sweaty (usually one ride), two in top load washer, line or machine dry depending on pad.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            I wash mine after every ride. Two fit in my top load washing machine. I use Arm & Hammer laundry soap, cold water, extra rinse. I put them on my basement line to dry.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Which pad are we talking about?!?!?!?!

                              Our tennant has an old top loading agitator she bought used for $25 at a local appliance store. Works like charm.

                              For light, cotton show/work pads we wash as required (usually before a public appearance) in Woolite. If stained we'll use what gets rid of the stain (StainDevils, Shout, etc.). Seldom do we use bleach. Line dry. Then "finish" in the dryer for about 5 min. on low heat to soften the material.

                              For the FleecWorks pad we follow label directions (Woolite in cold water, line dry). We also do a 5 min. finish the dryer.

                              For the cavalry blankets we wash in cold water and Woolite and line dry. Again, finish for a couple of min. in the dryer.

                              The item must be completely dry before finishing or you risk shrinkage. Temp is always LOW and time does not exceed five min. You want just enough to warm and soften the material.

                              G.
                              Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by pj View Post
                                The directions say okay to wash in a front end loader but we don't have one.
                                I knew there had to be a use for all that construction equipment lying around idle at the moment.

                                Thank you. This made my day...

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  I have two different kinds of pads. I have a front-loading washer, and I use the same detergent as I do for my clothes. It's some form of All, I think it's the anti-allergen one. I also use the exact same settings: cold/cold, normal rinse.

                                  1. Mattes pad
                                  The Mattes pad gets washed only before a show or clinic. I just chuck it in the washer with some towels, and then put it in the dryer for a normal length of time, about 45 min. Comes out nice and fluffy.

                                  2. Flat pad [s]
                                  I have a lot of pads [over 20, but me and Mom share them ], and Ruby gets a fresh pad every week. I ride 4-5 days a week and she works pretty hard. She doesn't always need one, but I do it anyway. The pads get tossed in the washer, and then tossed in the dryer for 45 min. The ones that have ribbon or braided piping do best air drying, otherwise the ribbon/bpiping will shrink and look all funny. I have never had a problem with my actual pads shrinking.
                                  Rebel Without Cash!

                                  Comment


                                  • #18
                                    White schooling pads are washed at home in my top load washer in hot water with free & clear detergent, bleach, and a small amount of fabric softener. They go in the drier.

                                    Show pads are washed at home in cold water and line dried.

                                    Comment

                                    Working...
                                    X