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post #1 of 36 Old 12-15-2011, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Washing English saddle pads?

Another post on here got me thinking, is there a special way to wash an english saddle pad?
Do they even need to be washed often? I feel like I've heard that they should be washed with some regularity...

I'm not sure about washing mine because it has some rope-like piping around the edge...will that survive a wash? The pad itself didn't come with any instructions for cleaning and I'm a little scared of damaging it... Also, it's apparently some sort of foam or something inside, will that survive being washed too?
It's this one if that helps:

Roma® Ecole Star Quilted All Purpose Saddle Pad < All Purpose Saddle Pads < Horse Tack|Dover Saddlery.

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post #2 of 36 Old 12-16-2011, 06:01 AM
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Another post on here got me thinking, is there a special way to wash an english saddle pad?
Do they even need to be washed often? I feel like I've heard that they should be washed with some regularity...

I'm not sure about washing mine because it has some rope-like piping around the edge...will that survive a wash? The pad itself didn't come with any instructions for cleaning and I'm a little scared of damaging it... Also, it's apparently some sort of foam or something inside, will that survive being washed too?
It's this one if that helps:

Roma® Ecole Star Quilted All Purpose Saddle Pad < All Purpose Saddle Pads < Horse Tack|Dover Saddlery.

Thanks!

I wash mine once in three or four months... But I ride once a week, sometimes less, and I sometimes switch for another one. Maybe once in two months in regular riding will be ok :)

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post #3 of 36 Old 12-16-2011, 06:19 AM
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If my horse sweats, I wash it when its wet, or grimy. Helps prevent saddle sores. I just brush off excess hair and throw it in the washing machine xD
And some sensitive washing powder that I use goes in too.. be careful, some horses may have an allergic reaction!
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post #4 of 36 Old 12-16-2011, 08:09 AM
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I wash quite often in summer, not so now (as it's somewhat dusty, but not sweaty/dirty). What I do is I soak it in big bucket with soap added for 10 mins, then do the hand-clean/rinse with the hose. Because those pads are much lighter that western, it's quite doable. You can use washing machine too (I did for show pad that is also by Roma and wasn't all THAT dirty after just one show), but I don't feel like throwing such a dirty one I use every day there.

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I wash all my saddle cloths at least twice a week (and I use a clean one every time I ride) - all mine go straight into the washing machine. Don't worry about the piping (I have these also) they survive the washing machine (they are designed to be washed regularly and in the washing machine).

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post #6 of 36 Old 12-18-2011, 12:38 AM
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Stick it in the washing machine on a warm wash, normal cycle - they are tough! Needs to be washed weekly if you ride every day as it will get full of dirt and grease. Also will start to smell unplesent
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I lay them out on a flat surface, take the rubber blade of a pet sticky roller and scrape off all the hair. Then fold each one over with the inside out and create a triangle in the washing machine with 3.

I use Tide, a scoop of Oxyclean, Downy, warm wash, regular cycle and leave the lid of the washing machine open for a few hours so they soak, then close and let the wash cycle finish running. Toss in the dryer on low heat until they are damp and then toss over the backs of the dining room chairs to finish drying (boy does hubby NOT like that!!).

I wash about every 3rd ride. I find they start to get a bit stiff by then and I can't imagine a stiff, icky pad would feel good.
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Thanks for all the information and helpful hints! I definitely feel better about washing it now.
And since I've ridden in that pad a couple of times, I think tomorrow it gets to take a little field trip to the washer+dryer.

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post #9 of 36 Old 12-18-2011, 01:53 AM
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I wash as needed, and do a whole load of them together (I must have 5 old pads that I rotate through) I use an "extra rinse" cylce (rinses twice) to get all the soap out.

I would not use Downy or a drier sheet. In fact, I heard on the radio that drier sheets release toxins in the air (so dont' breathe the air near where the drier vent exits the house) AND, over time they give off a chemical that builds up in your lint screen, and disallows air to pass through and can be the cause of drier fires, one of the leading causes of house fires.
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post #10 of 36 Old 12-18-2011, 03:00 AM
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I wash mine when they are dirty - so around once a week if they are too sweaty or after a ride if they have sweaty work...

I broke the last washing machine so have been banned from using it... so wash mine in the bath tub now.... put in warm water and soap powder - leave over night after scrbbing..... drain water add clean plain water.... leave over night... drain and then hang out...

If they are hairy saddle blankets they get brushed first to lose the majority of the hair first
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