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post #1 of 7 Old 09-19-2012, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question washing thick saddle pads

Is it ok to throw my thick saddle pads in the washer and drier
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-19-2012, 09:58 PM
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You need to have a front loading Washer

Drying on low heat, but suggest letting it dry in the sun instead


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post #3 of 7 Old 09-19-2012, 10:46 PM
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Are you talking about thick western saddle pads? I have the best luck using a pressure nozzle on my water hose at the barn and then letting them dry out in the sun/wind.

I suppose some people do but I never use soap on mine because I'm paranoid about not getting it all rinsed out and then having it irritate a horse's back. Of course, that's providing that all the horses I use it on are healthy with no skin issues. If one comes up with girth itch or something, I'll wash it thoroughly with an anti-everything (fungal, bacterial, microbial, etc) soap several times and then use about 10 times as much water as I need to make sure I've got all the soap out.

I've just been using a regular trigger spray nozzle to clean mine for years though I keep meaning to get one of those powerjet nozzles that they advertise on TV.
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yes i they are western saddle pads. thank you for the advice.
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post #5 of 7 Old 09-20-2012, 12:40 AM
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take them to the car wash & use a pressure hose on them then let them drip dry on the fence
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-20-2012, 12:49 AM
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I think it would depend on the material.

You could get one of those adjustable hose nozzles and try pressure washing it that way if you can't get access to a car wash one.

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-20-2012, 01:51 PM
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If you think your washer is up to the challenge and can load it evenly, you can throw them in the wash. The issue with the washer is it might not get all of the soap out/or damage your washer.
The safest thing is rinsing them with a strong stream from the hose, make sure it is fully dry before using it again! it can take days for the really really thick ones to dry!

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