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    01-30-2008, 02:44 AM
  #1
Trained
Sheepskin girth cover - care. Help!

My arab gets girth gall really badly, and the only way we can prevent it is with a genuine sheepskin girth cover. This is all well and good but when it gets sweaty and dirty it gets stiff, then once you wash it it gets worse! It gets to the point where we have to cut it off the girth and buy a new one. Does anyone now any tricks to wahsing genuine sheepskin to prevent it shrinking or stiffening? Would greatly appreciate it!
     
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    01-30-2008, 03:11 AM
  #2
Weanling
I had a similar problem with one of my horses and had to use the sheepskin covers.

If you dip it in a bucket of water after each ride ( or useing a hose ) and just kinda grind it together with your hands, then rince it out and hang it up to dry, once its dry brush it down with a stiff brush to get it fluffy again and it will help soften it up again.

Also every now and again when you go to wash it leave it to soak for a little bit ( like and hour ) in just some ordinary washing powder/ liquid mixed wiht water. Be awear incase your horse reacts to it after, but mine never did.

It doesnt actually take very long to do and I found it was the best way to keep it clean.
     
    01-30-2008, 03:14 AM
  #3
Trained
We washed our last one regularly, not sure if it was the detergent we used but that was what made it shrink the most.

Putting it in a bucket after each ride sounds good, i'll give it a go, thanks.

It took a while and a few washes before it started to get stiff and shrink, so maybe its just something unavoidable. Hmm. We shall see.
     
    01-30-2008, 03:25 AM
  #4
Trained
I don't know if you have it over there or not but we have a laundry liquid here called wool wash. If you can find something similar that might help
     
    01-30-2008, 07:40 AM
  #5
Showing
Woolite same thing. I use it to clean my mohair cinches. Use COLD water.
     
    01-30-2008, 07:46 AM
  #6
Showing
Oops I just read on a sheepskin care web site they do not recommend woolite. Looks like there are several different sheepskin cleaners out there though.
     
    01-30-2008, 11:19 AM
  #7
Green Broke
PEPEDE! It's a special laundery detergent just for leather (half pads, breeches with leather knee patches, etc). I use sheepskin half pads on all of my horses and that's what I use. It comes in a small orange bottle for about $15, but you just use a capful per wash. Wash with cold water on delicate and DO NOT DRY! You can find it at certain tack stores but I do know Dover carries it. There's another brand called Melp that Mattes (a sheepskin company) recommends as well but I haven't tried it. Pepede is wonderful! (Pronounced : Pee-Pee-Dee)
     
    01-30-2008, 07:37 PM
  #8
Trained
Oh thanks! Pepede sounds like the way to go, because we tried washing our last oen with wool wash, it was fine for a while but then it started to stiffen.
     
    01-31-2008, 02:56 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Yep, the Pepede works wonders. I ride on average 4-5 horses a day and it doesn't take long for my half pads to start showing wear. It will clean it and make it fluffy again. I hear you're supposed to brush them regularly with a wire comb or something? I don't know, never tried it...
     
    01-31-2008, 03:22 AM
  #10
Weanling
I believe Leather Therapy also makes a "Leather Laundry Solution" for sheepskin & breeches with leather patches.

I've also heard that keeping them brushed with a wire brush (like the kind for dogs) will keep the dirt to a minimum and thus increase time between washings.
     

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