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        01-12-2011, 06:30 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Oops, I should have said thank you to Rachel1786 for the link :P I was on my sister's computer with the broken screen and I must have mistaken the username.

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    This is why I do not like blanketing. I am sure many other people have had this happen but may not have checked and known the horse was wet. They think they are doing a good thing when it can be exactly the opposite. Just imagine if you hadn't checked her?
    Gosh I know! I wouldn't blanket her, but she recently lost weight from a long period of stall rest and I thought she'd be more comfortable with some extra warmth. Turns out it just chilled her a bit But I took the blanket off, gave her a bran mash, and tried to rub her dry with towels and she seemed better after that. She wasn't shivering anymore.
         
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        01-12-2011, 10:07 PM
      #12
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by xxJustJumpItxx    
    Oops, I should have said thank you to Rachel1786 for the link :P I was on my sister's computer with the broken screen and I must have mistaken the username.


    Gosh I know! I wouldn't blanket her, but she recently lost weight from a long period of stall rest and I thought she'd be more comfortable with some extra warmth. Turns out it just chilled her a bit But I took the blanket off, gave her a bran mash, and tried to rub her dry with towels and she seemed better after that. She wasn't shivering anymore.
    I hate blanketing too, but my fool mare doesn't have a heavy enough winter coat, and drops weight during the cold snaps...I noticed the difference when I had her turn out sheet on, and when I didn't, so decided I'd better keep atleast the sheet on at all times...I have a stable blanket for under the sheet on the super cold days.
         
        01-13-2011, 02:06 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by xxJustJumpItxx    
    How would I go about cleaning a blanket?
    If it just has dirt and mud on the outside, and it's warm enough, you can drape it over the fence and spray it clean with the hose. Use a stiff brush to scrub stubborn spots.

    If it's too cold to wash off outside with the hose, you could take it to the laundromat. Other people have done this, but the last time I washed a blanket at the laundromat it got destroyed. If you decide to go this route I'd remove as many of the straps as you can (so the metal ends don't fly about in the machine and catch on the blanket). Be sure to sneak into the laundromat, because some places will get upset with you for washing tack. (As a kindness to the next patron, you should run the machine empty before leaving.)

    If you don't want to do it yourself, tack stores will often clean blankets (or at least know of someone who will perform this service). Expect it to cost about $20, which isn't really that much more than taking the blanket to the laundromat. If you use one of the big loaders at around $4 per wash, and run the machine twice to be nice to the next person, plus if you run the blanket in the dryer for a few minutes or use the centrifuge machine, you're up to at least $10 already.
         

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