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    12-07-2007, 06:33 PM
Washing girth

Stupid question, how do you wash a girth? Cold cycle or what? What about putting it in the drier? I'm washing tack for my show tommorrow. My mo usually does washing machine stuff, and I do leather tack, so I'm not sure Thank you :)
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    12-08-2007, 12:40 AM
I'm guessing it's a cord or canvas girth...? Definitely don't put it in the dryer. I'd guess cold cycle wash would be okay, but the buckles may bang around a lot and could potentially harm the washer. I'd recommend hand-wash with a hose or in the bathtub.

Warm water or a hot dryer may shrink or deform it. Basically, if it has cotton in it, it will shrink. If it has polyester (or some other synthetics) it may deform/slightly melt.
    12-08-2007, 01:39 AM
Too late now but if its a string girth it won't be dry in a day unless you put it in the dryer. I would wrap it in a towel, tie the ends before putting it in there.You will have to do a lot of readjusting as it will shrink and stretch back out when you use it. I have a mohair cinch and hand wash it in cold water and woolite, scrubbing it with a soft brush. Rinse it REALLY WELL, letting it hang to air dry.
    12-08-2007, 02:09 AM
I'm having flashbacks of when I put a wool-blend sweater in the dryer...when I pulled it out, it probably would have fit a 6 year old!

I vote go buy a nice leather overlay girth...then a little saddle soap and you're ready to show!
    12-08-2007, 02:20 AM
Originally Posted by Equina
I'm having flashbacks of when I put a wool-blend sweater in the dryer...when I pulled it out, it probably would have fit a 6 year old!

I vote go buy a nice leather overlay girth...then a little saddle soap and you're ready to show!
No kidding I would never stick mine in the dryer unless it was an extreme emergency. I don't recall what I paid for my mohair but it wasn't cheap.
    12-08-2007, 10:14 PM
Thanks for the replies! I ended up just calling my mom, and she sais heavy duty cycle, warm water. I also put it in the drier, and it survived unharmed. My pony had fun, so I'm happy! In equatation, a 4th and 3rd out of 12 for jumps, 2nd in flat out of 9. Hunter had bigger jumps, so he had lots of fun. 2nd and 3rd out of a HUGE class of 25. No ribbons in either hunter flats though. He was really worn out and just didn't have the energy to move out like he usually does. Oh well, it was fun. And for once he didn't add in a single line. Crazy animal tried to take out strides in the 2' 6" hunter course!

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