How do you keep your blankets clean?

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        11-05-2012, 09:13 AM
    Green Broke
    How do you keep your blankets clean?

    It's blanket season now, how do you keep them clean? The back straps get so icky in just one day. They are tightened properly but the buckles get coated in poo and the straps get coated in pee and poo. How she manages to pee on them I will never know.

    Because of this I am washing her legs off everyday where the straps touch as they get her legs all poopy too.

    Would some sort of silicone spray work? But something that wont irritate the skin?

    Ps: This is not a debate on whether I should blanket, so don't make it one. Thank you.
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        11-05-2012, 09:21 AM
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    You could try silicone spray or baby oil - both will help
    If your rug fits really well - as ours do - try taking off the legs straps and just fastening one strap under her tail as a fillet strap.
    If her poos are a bit too loose it may be the rice bran - it can do that and you might have to feed her less of it and more sugar beet or add some hay stretcher pellets.
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        11-05-2012, 09:27 AM
    Green Broke
    Her poo isn't loose :( that's the mystery. I have no idea how she manages to get poo all over.

    Can I put baby oil on her legs to help keep it from sticking to her?

    It's always one side more than the other. I think she aims for the buckles because she knows I will clean them......
        11-05-2012, 09:27 AM
    The straps that are in the back will get poo on them with mares this happens also you could try shorting them up a little more this is what I do with the mares in my barn but they still get them wet so I just clean them off a lot
        11-05-2012, 09:29 AM
    Green Broke
    But how to clean them when it is -20 out? I don't mind hosing them off a few times a week but that won't be an option all winter. I have no water spot remover for her legs but the barn doesn't have hot water.
        11-05-2012, 09:36 AM
    The straps might be too long.

    You could also buy extra sets of straps and swap them out and wash.
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        11-05-2012, 09:36 AM
    I use a damp rag and do the best I can it is not prefect but it helps
        11-05-2012, 09:44 AM
    Green Broke
    All the straps are as tight as they go :( the belly ones are perfect. I will try to remember to take a picture tonight but they are not long at all. And they are criss crossed.

    How would I go about swaping straps if they only buckle on one end? So the other end is sewn to the blanket.

    I will be on the hunt for some rags as I currently don't have anything to use.
        11-05-2012, 09:49 AM
    Ah that's different. You'd have to have someone with the right tools to see in some d rings and attach that way. Might just be stuck for the winter until you can send them off unfortunately.
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        11-05-2012, 10:08 AM
    Green Broke
    That sounds like a huge pain. What is the freezing point of saran wrap? That wont rub her skin and it sticks to itself.....

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