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post #1 of 36 Old 07-31-2013, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Assigned Pads -What?

The barn I'm taking lessons at has come up with a new system for their saddle pads so it's not a free for all anymore. They've assigned them. But if you thought that I meant each horse got their own pad, you are mistaken. Each student gets their own. We have to take this pad home and wash it every week before we bring it back. Can someone tell me how this makes sense? I have to bring home this saddle pad and wash it, with what? I can't make a load, I don't have enough of my own pads to bring home and make a load. (I have an ancient washing machine and it hops around when there's not enough in it.) Maybe it's a responsibility thing because the majority of the students are quite young. I'm the oldest at 17. But I can't quite make sense of having to do their laundry, it just makes more for me. And they have enough pads for each horse to have two. Would it not make sense to have the pads assigned to the horses, and then have the owners wash the pads that they own? I don't know, I just fail to see how good of a system this is.

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I find this to be odd. It would make sense to assign each horse their own saddle pad or two, but to assign the kids? Honestly, if I was the BO, I wouldnt trust that if I sent saddle pads out that I would get them all back. If I was a parent I would be mad if I had to throw a dirty, nasty saddle pad into my washer (if they only have one kid that takes a lesson once a week or something like that).

I guess its teaching the kids some responsibility with equipment. Kids in other sports have to remember their equipment, ie hockey.
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post #3 of 36 Old 07-31-2013, 11:11 AM
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Go to the thrift store and get a couple of old pairs of jeans or a coat to wash it with. Sounds easier than trying to change their assigned saddle pad system, which I think is goofy.
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You would think it would be more logical to "attach" pads to individual horses, at least as a way to minimize potential spreads of unwanted germs, etc. Doing it this way is certainly a method to off load a task (which is arguably important) that saves the barn work (and keeps costs down) so perhaps that is the true reason.

As far as washing the pad, this is what I do for a non machine load: get a toilet plunger (preferably new and the half circle shape), put the pad in the sink (if you don't have a sink big enough buy a cheap plastic tub/bucket and put it in the bathtub) with water and a little soap, let pad soak for a short while if extra dirty then use the plunger to agitate the pad in the water (similar to what a real agitator does when washing a full load); finish with a rinse cycle. Using the plunger is so much easier than using your hands and gets better action, it's rubber so it doesn't hurt the fabric and it's a very inexpensive system.
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It's definitely odd. I can see assigning tack to horses and then maybe making a pile at the barn for laundry, but never heard of assigning laundry to riding students.

Just wash the pad with your barn jeans.

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I guess its teaching the kids some responsibility with equipment. Kids in other sports have to remember their equipment, ie hockey.
We do have to clean our tack when we're finished. So it's not like we untack and throw the stuff in the locker it came out of, which I thought qualified as being responsible for the equipment you used. But I don't think we should have to wash these pads every week, it makes a lot of work for us. I know I have to clean the washing machine out every time I wash my own blankets, boots, and pads, because there's a build up of hair.

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We do have to clean our tack when we're finished. So it's not like we untack and throw the stuff in the locker it came out of, which I thought qualified as being responsible for the equipment you used.

It is, but I was trying to come up with some kind of logical thought process on why send the saddle pads home.

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It is, but I was trying to come up with some kind of logical thought process on why send the saddle pads home.
(I wasn't being sassy with you, just btw ) I was just saying that we already do look after their saddles and bridles, and I can't see how it's fair to have to take home their pads and spend money on water.

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Sounds totally crazy to me

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Having students clean tack I can see..requiring students to take home school horse saddle pads to wash is not something I see as a normal practice. That is the barn's way of getting someone else to not only do that type of work but also take on that expense even though the overall expense probably isn't all that much.

For me, my mother used to flip when I brought home my own pads to wash..horse hair in the machine machine..the dirt. We had to have the washer repaired for one reason or another and the mechanic found wound up balls of horsehair as he took the thing apart..my mother put the kabash on any more washing horse stuff...I was consigned to the local laundromat and my own money.
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