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  • How to fold blankets

    I have racks in front of each stall that I can wedge 3 blankets onto each.(6 stalls -- but only 3 horses come in a lot.. I think I have c. 20 - 30 sheets/blankets/neck warmer,1/4 sheets, back on track + many coolers (ratty ones (too icky to use) and championship ones (too good to use). My barn looks like the end of a cheap yard sale.

    I am sure that you all will tell me to sell/give away many, but how can i? They all have memories.

    So I need a quick and easy way to fold blankets ( with attached neck, belly and under the butt pieces that make each blanket very un-square. If I am going to actually follow through with a system. each blanket must take less than 30 seconds to fold and hang. .
    "He lives in a cocoon of solipsism"

  • #2
    My method:

    Hold the withers in the left hand and the middle dart over the tail flap in the right hand. Lift up and stretch arms out (this gives a fold along the spine). This bit takes some practice - flip right hand to the bottom edges of the blanket between the surcingles (closer to the front one if the blanket has a high neck or neck rug - my Horseware blankets have leg arches so I can adjust to hold the same point on both edges) then grab the spine fold with the left hand at the matching position to the right hand hold on the bottom edges. Lift the blanket and spread arms (giving the second fold basically across the girth line - perpendicular to the spine fold) move hands along until the front of the blanket chest or high neck or neck rug is about even with the tail (I usually let the neck rug hang a bit longer than the tail, otherwise I line up the chest edges with the back edges). The surcingles are lying inside the fold. Bring hands together to create a third fold parallel to the spine fold, and drape over blanket rail (fourth fold).

    I like to have the blanket edges on the inside of the fourth fold and the front of the blanket on the wall side of the rail as the tail flap presents a tidier appearance.

    Blankets with neck rugs don't fold as neatly, but this method tucks it mostly inside the blanket.

    When doing the second fold perpendicular to the spine line up the bottom edges of the blanket rather than the spine fold edges. The darts over the tail make that end narrower and everything twists out of the folds if I try to match the spine fold edges.


    • Original Poster

      Do you do all this while standing, with the blanket always in your hands? I cannot imagine following these directions without mentally putting the blanket on the ground.
      "He lives in a cocoon of solipsism"


      • #4
        My method:

        dear here's Socrates' blanket


        • #5
          I do this between horse and rail.

          If you lay it on the ground and fold it you may find you can see how to do it standing. The switch of hands from bum dart to bottom edge, and withers to spine is the hardest part though I don't even have to think about it any more. In thinking about it I may have originally started the process by moving the left hand first and draping the blanket over my left arm to prep the second fold before grabbing the bottom edges. Now there's a sort of lift/toss to keep the blanket up for an instant after I let go with my right hand.

          If I'm starting with a pile of blanket on the ground I often find the two front legs arches, line them up and lift the blanket off the ground shaking it out to get the spine out above the bottom hold and grab the spine. There's more shifting blanket to get things lined up this way. Grabbing withers and bum dart tends to be the quickest way to get the spine fold.

          I think we really need video for this...


          • #6

            I do something like this ^^^ although it does involve laying the blanket out on the floor.


            There is also this method ^^^ that doesn't involve crawling on the floor.
            I love my Econo-Nag!


            • #7
              Wash the old icky ones and donate to a rescue; if they are still usable the rescue that gets them will be thrilled no matter how ugly they may look and you can take a tax break and write them off (including any shipping charges you incur). You'll be getting rid of clutter and helping underweight horses. I've donated many to Rosemary Farm Sanctuary in New York state,Thoroughbred Athletes in OK, and a few pony blankets to the rescue I got my hinny and mini jenny from. Fold and store your award blankets, and just keep the ones you use regularly in your barn.


              • #8
                Originally posted by billiebob View Post

                I do something like this ^^^ although it does involve laying the blanket out on the floor.


                There is also this method ^^^ that doesn't involve crawling on the floor.
                I do the second video method with a lot less waving around.


                • #9
                  I have to lay them down to get them folded nicely, especially if they have an attached neck.

                  Lay flat, folded in half down the spine. Surcingle strap side up. Unfold the chest to tuck the neck under the body of the blanket if needed, making sure it lays flat inside. Do the same for the tail flap and tuck the leg straps in as well. Cross the surcingle straps over eachother on the side of the blanket; and then fold the spine down to the bottom hem. Now you have a nice long rectangle; fold butt to chest and the fold this in half to hang over the blanket bars.

                  Its tidy, the straps don't fall out, and they stay folded pretty well. Once you've done it a few times you fet pretty fast, and you don't waste time re-folding them when they come loose because you opened the atall door and jostled them, lol.

                  I would, with that many blankets, try to do a purge. Or at least get some plastic bins to wash, fold, bag and store the ones you don't actively use. Gets them out of the way, and keeps them from getting ruined by mold, pests, bird and mouse poop, etc.


                  • #10
                    I do them on the floor. It they will hang on a blanket bar I fold down the spine . Fold surcingles and leg straps between layers. Match up front and back. Fold lengthwise along the top. Fold the front, then the back so it is in thirds, and hang. If I am folding for storage, I fold the front to the middle, and the back to the middle, then a second time. Fold on the center. I use mesh bags for storage and carrying. Walmart has carriers for laundry that open in "landscape" mode. They are easier to use than the vertical "portrait " mode.

                    I check the leg straps and always have an extra pair handy. Crisscrossing them puts diagonal stress on the blanket. I clip one strap on the same side. Then put your hand between the strap and the leg. Pull the other strap through and clip on the same side. Adjust them so they don't hang too low. Surcingle should also be adjusted so they are hang below the belly not on it. if they are too long the horse can get tangled up.

                    I have to put a blanket on from the off (right) side due to a disability. I fold the front to the tail and pull it off maintaining the crease and holding it in both hands; Do a second fold do it is in quarters. Put it on the floor and do another fold if you need to. To put it on pick it up and make sure to find the tail flap and that it is underneath over the tail. Take it by the first fold and swing it over the body. Pull the front section forward and fasten. On the left side, start at the front - the tail flap will be on top over the neck.

                    When you are putting a blanket on the horse fasten the buckles or straps over the chest first. I do the tail straps next, then the surcingles. This keeps the blanket around the neck prevents the front from falling off and entangling the horse if he moves. Taking it off, start at the leg straps and move forward.

                    Tussman's law: Nothing is as inevitable as a mistake whose time has come.

                    "Providence sometimes takes care of idiots." Agnes Morley Cleaveland, No Life for a Lady, 1977.


                    • #11
                      I get the idea of folding a blanket nicely to make the barn look tidy

                      But IRL at least in our wet winters a blanket, sheet, fleecy, cooler, is invariably damp when it comes off the horse and you want to hang it on a hook from the middle of the tack room ceiling so it has a chance to dry a bit. If you folded nicely it would just sit and fester on the stall door.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lord Helpus View Post
                        Do you do all this while standing, with the blanket always in your hands? I cannot imagine following these directions without mentally putting the blanket on the ground.
                        I lay the blankets flat on the ground in my aisle.
                        Folded in half, as if it was on the horse.
                        Surcingles get crossed over as if attached & laid flat.
                        I then fold the back half in to the shoulder, front in to overlap that.
                        Then fold in half again.
                        No neck covers, but I'd fold those separately if detached.
                        If attached, I imagine they would overlap the back.

                        Ends up pretty much as they come from the package new.

                        I hang the folded blanket over the gate between my barn & indoor when in use, store in a tote when out of season.
                        Hope that helps.
                        *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                        Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                        Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                        Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                        • #13
                          I do them on the horse. I fold into thirds. I do the tail part first, folding up towards the front. Yes the liner is on the outside this way. Then I fold the front part back towards the tail. The blanket is now in thirds. Then I grab the middle at the horses spine and lift it off. I lay it over the rack this way. You can put it back on the horse the same way! I take off and put on from the off side of the horse as then the straps don't drag over the horse.

                          oh sorry, this won't help with the extras, this is how I do the blankets I'm using!


                          • #14
                            We hang anything wet in the laundry room until dry. In terms of stall-front hanging once dry...

                            Lay the whole thing on the floor. Fold the straps up over the blanket. Then fold the bottom third up towards the top, and the top third down towards the bottom. Now you have 3 layers trapping the straps in the middle. Depending on the height and depth of your bar, you either fold it in half or thirds. Then you hold the pretty folded edge, and bring it up the wall behind the bar, and then pull it forward and down over the bar. This keeps the less-pretty edge hidden by the wall.