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  • Best top load washer for horse blankets
  • Saddle pads front or top loader

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    12-30-2012, 01:34 PM
Green Broke
I take my blankets in to the tack shop. $10 a blanket, totally worth them getting the poopy stuff everywhere and not in my house. English saddle pads I take to the laundry mat on occasion. Otherwise I hose them off with a high powered sprayer in summer.
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    12-30-2012, 01:35 PM
Green Broke
I wash my english saddle pads in my top loaded washer and it never has any trouble with them. I usually run them twice just to make sure they are clean.

Blankets are another story though, they get laid out on my driveway and I use the pressure washer to clean them. I have done them at the carwash before, just used my own soap and the high pressure water. To transport, all you need is a large rubbermaid tub to stick it in for the ride home, then hang over a fence or lay out in the sun to dry.
    12-30-2012, 01:48 PM
I wash my english saddle pads in my top loading washer- so long as I wash two at a time, I've never had an issue with it not cleaning or being unbalanced. I just take a dry brush to get the dirt and poop off the blanket, but my guy doesn't get his too dirty.
    01-03-2013, 11:19 PM
Green Broke
My mom has kept an antique maytag wringer/washer in her barn just for washing western saddle pads. It only gets pulled out and used when pads are getting washed and it works really well
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    01-03-2013, 11:45 PM
My big heavy blankets:

'Honey, can you pressure wash my winter blankets? Or else I will have to put them in the washing machine.....????'
'Good grief, don't put em in the washer, I will do it this weekend!'

Haha it's either pressure wash my blanket or fix the washer.....!!!

Normally I'm a do-it-yourself gal, but hubby has a huge heated shop with a drain in the floor....and it gives him an excuse to hangout in there with all his tools!
    01-04-2013, 03:44 AM
I have a front load washer so I always do my saddle pads and small blankets (coolers, key holes, quarter sheets, etc.) in the washing machine but for big heavy blankets or anyone who doesn't have a front loader I would suggest looking for a local tack repair shop or business. There is a lady close to me who repairs blankets and other tack and she washes blankets as well, does a great job!
Hope this helped!
    01-04-2013, 05:05 AM
Green Broke
I take everything (coolers, saddle pads, winter blankets, rain sheets, shipping boots) to someone else to wash. She does it for a decent price, and it all comes back neatly folded, a lot of times in seperate bags, inside the huge bag I drop everything off in.

We did recently have an incident where my front shipping boots didn't come back, but her husband forgot to put them back in with everything, so I didn't get charged for them.
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    01-04-2013, 08:47 AM
Well-I use a combination. THe heavy blankets I use the tub/plunger hang over the fence method. The 5 star wool pad-I just hang and rinse with clear water. I am also really careful about using soap since it may not all come out. I sometimes send them out, especially if they ned repairs at all, since we have a service who picks up and brings them back, but it is about $25/blanket, + repairs. The sheets, coolers and lighter weight stuff-I use a top loader for. Hubby is really allergic so I have a specified horse laundry room in the heated garage. Yes, I am blessed.
    01-04-2013, 09:08 AM
I've got a front load washing machine so it does the lot; saddle pads and blankets (I use a pad first then a western blanket on my horse) and summer weight rugs. I haven't had to wash a winter weight rug as yet so not sure if the washing machine at home can cope with them. If not we have a repair and wash service down the road from home so I can drop off and pick up. Prices are a bit high but the service and quality is excellent.
    01-04-2013, 09:08 AM
Green Broke
I throw my saddle pads(english) and stable sheets in the washer. I have done them in a top load with no problem. They don't seem to look clean though until they run through the dryer. Once I pull them out of the dryer they are spotless. I just make sure I spread the saddle pads out evenly in the top load and they seem to run just fine.

Do not use fabric softener though. When I am done I run an empty cycle through the washer and it cleans it just fine. I don't see it being any different then doing my barn clothes really.

My blankets I do at the laundry mat... oops was there a sign there that said no horse blankets? I never saw that I just do it when no one is around and then I will wipe out the washer to make sure its clean.

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