After the freezing rain we had the other day, their blankets were frozen stiff. We weren't expecting any more rain, so I took them off to thaw out and to wash (Gingers had poop on it >_<). So I took them to the laundromat today in a big bucket and slipped them into the high capacity washers. Duncan's little 28'' blanket made so much noise!!
I was nervous someone was going to say something, but the girl working there just kept popping her gum and talking on her cell phone.
Warm, dry, Febreezed and re- waterproofed (bought suff at Wal mart) are going back on the horses today. Yay!
How tough is the nylon of your two blankets? Last spring I took a 600D turnout to the laundromat and it got kinda destroyed. The lining got ripped in the machine at the laundromat. I had already fixed it once after another horse in the herd bit a HUGE hole in it, so in disgust I threw it out. This spring I'll probably use one of those $20 services with the blanket I got to replace that one. It's not that much more expensive than the laundromat (those giant 3- or 5-loader machines are EXPENSIVE!) and will save me time and hassle.
I normally wash my blankeys at a local unattended laudromat after each use. Now, for me that means after they have been worn for several days, maybe a week, because my horses don't have shelter in their pasture and we sometimes get a cold rain and/or snow and wind. The blankeys that I have are several different kinds but all are waterproof and insulated.
I STRONGLY encourage you to at least wash and then store them after all the bad weather. I "stored" mine all summer (with the honorable intention of taking care of them!!) on top of our well housing. When I went to put them on, still not cleaned, this fall, I noticed white fuzzy stuff. Thinking it was mice, I was upset. But the more I looked, it was WASPS! And they had eaten huge holes through ALL layers of blankey--cordura, insulation and lining. After a few disgusted words, my next thought was, "Wow. What kind of honey does that make?" One blankey was repairable; one I worked on all day and finally gave up.
Moral of this story--wash and store promptly and correctly.
PS--it was a huge wasp nest. I could see the outlines of it on the well housing. A couple of feet long and 6-8" wide. There were still some wasps inside the blankeys. Fortunately with a nest that big, it was cold enough that they were moving very slowly.