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!
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.
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)
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...